Dr Nils Meyer-Ohlendorf is Senior Fellow at Ecologic Institute and Head of the International and European Governance Program. With a background in international and European law, his work focuses on climate protection, EU policies, democracy and governance. He has led numerous projects on climate policies, climate laws, EU reform, reform of the United Nations, trade and tax reform. As a specific element of expertise, he works across political divides from right to left. He writes regularly for the Süddeutsche Zeitung, the Tagesspiegel, the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, EU Observer and IPG.
Nils Meyer-Ohlendorf is co-founder and shareholder of Democracy Reporting International (DRI), a Berlin-based NGO promoting democratic governance worldwide. In this capacity, he is actively involved in DRI's work on democracy in Europe, international law and constitutional law. He regularly contributes to the institutional development of DRI.
Nils Meyer-Ohlendorf worked at the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU, Unit "EU Co-ordination"). He was election/legal advisor to various election observation missions for the European Union and the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE). He was an attorney at Beiten und Burckhardt, an international corporate law firm. During his legal clerkship, he worked at the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) in Nairobi (Kenya).
Nils Meyer-Ohlendorf studied law in Kiel and Berlin (Germany) with a concentration in European and international law. His PhD thesis analyzed whether the International Court of Justice has the authority to control the UN Security Council. He studied history at Beloit College (USA).