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Dr. Stephan Sina

Dr. Stephan Sina

Rechtsanwalt (Lawyer)
Senior Fellow
Coordinating In-house Counsel

Dr. Stephan Sina is a Senior Fellow at Ecologic Legal and the Coordinating In-house Counsel of Ecologic Institute. He specializes in climate change and energy law and policy, in particular the legal frameworks at the EU and national levels. He is co-author of a study on German federal climate change law and has supported the Ministries for Environment of two Bundesländer in developing their climate change legislation. Moreover, he works on projects concerning renewable energy in the European context and has published in the field of waste law. He was admitted to the bar in Hamm (Germany) in August 2003 and was certified as a specialist in administrative law in 2007. Stephan Sina works in German and English, is fluent in French, and has a fairly good knowledge of Spanish.

His recent projects include a study for the European Commission (Directorate-General for Reseach) on policy options for the EU to combat environmental crime (EFFACE), the midterm-evaluation of the Renewable Energy Directive driven by REFIT on behalf of the European Commission (Directorate-General for Energy), and a comparative analysis of current proposals to improve energy efficiency for the European Climate Foundation. He assisted the Federal Ministry for the Environment in developing the European Trading Scheme (ETS) and supports the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy in the field of renewable energy.

Before joining Ecologic Institute, Stephan Sina practiced environmental and energy law at a law firm where he advised and represented companies and municipalities on matters of industrial plants, waste, and renewable energy.

With a scholarship from the Cusanuswerk, Stephan Sina obtained his PhD with a thesis on the international status of the Palestinian Autonomous Territories. He worked as a fellow at the Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law in Heidelberg (Germany), taught criminal law to a preparatory examination class at the Heidelberg University, and served as a lecturer of environmental law at the Verwaltungsakademie Berlin (Berlin Academy for Administration).

Stephan Sina studied law at the Universities of Freiburg, Bonn, Heidelberg (Germany), and Edinburgh (United Kingdom). He obtained a diploma in comparative law from the University of Strasbourg (France). During his legal training in Berlin, he worked with the Commissioner of European Affairs of Berlin and at the German Foreign Office in Tel Aviv and Ramallah.