Dr. Ralph Bodle (né Czarnecki) is a lawyer and Senior Fellow at Ecologic Institute, where he specialises in international and European environmental law and governance. He has over 15 years of professional experience in legal and policy advice, drafting and negotiating policy options at international, EU and national level, particularly in international negotiations and agreements. He has supported the German delegation at the UN climate negotiations since 2008 and been a member of the EU negotiating team on legal aspects of climate finance and the Paris Agreement. He has also been involved in other international environmental treaty negotiations such as the Protocol on Pollutant Release and Transfer Register (PRTR) to the Aarhus Convention, and the Global Pact for the Environment.
Ralph Bodle joined Ecologic Institute in 2007 and is a senior project leader and expert contributor in environmental law and policy. In areas such as climate policy and soil protection, he works across the international, EU and national level. In international environmental law, he worked on, inter alia, the link between climate policy and the WTO and free trade agreements, mineral extraction and extended producer responsibility, geoengineering governance, and multilateral funds. He was invited as an expert to a German parliamentary committee hearing on geoengineering governance, and was legal adviser to the German Co-Chair of the Green Climate Fund Board in 2014.
He has been teaching international and EU environmental law at the Technische Universität Braunschweig since 2011 and at individual events and courses (e.g. in Berlin, Lebanon, London). He works in German and English. A list of publications is available.
Before joining Ecologic Institute, Ralph Bodle was a practising lawyer at law firms advising and representing the public sector on environmental and public law. He was a researcher and lecturer in public and international law at Humboldt University, Berlin, and also taught administrative law at the Berlin Academy for Administration.
Ralph Bodle was admitted to the bar in April 2004. He has a PhD in law from Humboldt University, Berlin, following a thesis on distributional justice in international environmental law, supervised by Prof. Dr. Kloepfer and Prof. Dr. Tomuschat. He holds a Master of Laws (LLM) degree in environmental law from UCL College, University of London. In addition to an internship at the United Nations in New York, he also worked in New York at the International Center for Law in Development during his legal training.
Ralph Bodle studied law and English at the University of Bochum and Queen Mary University, University of London.