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Ecologic Legal - the legal team of the Ecologic Institute.

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How Can We Make the Energiewende Digital and Sustainable?

The Energiewende means a transition from the old, nuclear-and-coal based, to a sustainable and digitalized energy system. This is a complex endeavor: the number of actors involved increases and their functions overlap. While digital technologies bring automation and potential for relief, they are an ambivalent phenomenon: with no comprehensive laws on data protection, it is unclear what is going to happen to the tremendous amount of data collected by digital appliances. Besides, technologies like blockchain are often so energy-intensive that they eat up the amount of resources that they are trying to save. Therefore, political design must actively shape a digital and ecologically sustainable energy transition – it will not happen by itself.Read more

What Kind of Climate Protection Law is Needed?

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9 May 2019
Berlin
Germany
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At the launch of the new event series ZUKUNFTSFORUM ECORNET on 9 May 2019, scientists, politicians and representatives of civil society debated the need for a legal framework for climate protection in Germany and its possible components under the guiding question "What kind of climate protection law is needed?" Matthias Duwe, Senior Fellow at Ecologic Institute, emphasised the advantages of a legal framework in his presentation on the experiences of other EU countries.Read more

Environmental Criminal Law: Status quo and Further Development

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11 September 2018
Berlin
Germany
Environmental crime has diverse appearances and impacts. The ecological consequences range from the destruction of forests to the pollution of water, soil, and air and even to species extinction. Moreover, many types of environmental crime also affect human health, and organised forms of environmental crime undermine state structures. Environmental crime is increasingly being discussed again at international and EU level. However, it is always emphasised that there is a lack of a robust database and thus also a gap in the knowledge base.Read more

A Climate Law for Europe

Making the Paris Agreement Real
The EU's current rules on climate action are comprehensive and detailed. However, they lack many of these features. In this sense, the existing EU acquis falls short of what countries and regions have adopted. It also falls short of what the full implementation of the Paris Agreement implies. The Regulation on Governance for the Energy Union and Climate Action addresses a number of existing shortcomings. It is a strong foundation for a Climate Law for Europe. However, gaps remain that should be filled in a reform. These are the main findings of a recently updated paper of Ecologic Institute, which is available for download.Read more

Local Communities and Indigenous Peoples Platform

potential governance arrangements under the Paris Agreement
The Local Communities and Indigenous Peoples Platform (LCIP Platform) was established in Paris in 2015, but its operationalization is still ongoing. The LCIP Platform could provide an important next step towards a nuanced inclusion of specific non-Party stakeholders in the UNFCCC process. Based on the negotiation process for the Platform and on current modes of participation of non-Party stakeholders, this report develops a toolkit of governance elements for the Platform. The report, written by Arne Riedel and Ralph Bodle, both of Ecologic Institute, is available for download.Read more
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Ecologic Legal

Welcome to Ecologic Legal - the legal team of the Ecologic Institute.

Ecologic Legal links environmental analysis and policymaking to legal frameworks and the law-making process. Our aim is to enhance the design and implementation of environmental policy and governance.

Drawing on the expertise of a team of specialized lawyers, we advise decision-makers on all aspects of international, EU and domestic environmental law and governance. We also work closely with economists, policy analysts and environmental scientists as part of Ecologic’s interdisciplinary projects and with external organizations and policymaking institutions.

Ecologic Legal works on a broad range of topics, but has particular expertise in the following areas:

Development and implementation of international environmental law

Ecologic Legal supports the German government in the international climate change negotiations on an ongoing basis. Ecologic Legal has also completed several projects on how geoengineering could be regulated at the international level. Another area of expertise are international legal rules on how public funding for environmental purposes is provided and distributed. The team has also worked on the implementation of multilateral environmental agreements such as the PRTR Protocol adopted under the Aarhus Convention and the Nagoya Protocol on access to genetic resources and benefit-sharing.

International economic law and its impact on environmental regulation

Ecologic Legal has completed various projects on the trade-environment interface. These include studies on regulatory cooperation and investor-state dispute settlement in the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) as well as reports on the compatibility of support measures for renewable energy or border adjustment measures with WTO law. Members of Ecologic Legal also organize the Trade Nights, a forum to discuss trade law and policy in an informal setting among experts.

Implementation and enforcement of environmental law

Ecologic Legal is dedicated to understanding environmental law as applied in reality and to providing recommendations on how to improve its implementation and enforcement. Our work on this topic includes a project on how to more effectively combat environmental crime and a study on the potential of harmonizing rules on environmental inspections at the EU level.

EU and national energy law with a focus on renewable energy sources (RES)

Ecologic Legal is conducting various projects that address inter alia the legal framework of RES supply and promotion. These include the mid-term evaluation of the Renewable Energy Directive and the legal assessment of technical requirements for producers and consumers in an electricity system with a large share of renewable energy as well as scientific support of the federal ministries in the course of the German energy transition. The latter focused on the further development of existing instruments to promote RES in both the electricity and heat sector. Members of Ecologic Legal also collaborate with Ecologic Institute’s economists and political scientists on the design of future governance frameworks such as the EU Climate and Energy Package as well as regional cooperation within the policy framework for climate and energy in the period from 2020 to 2030.

The legal team combines a strong academic background with substantial professional experience as practising lawyers and policy advisers. Our books, studies, lectures and articles in peer-reviewed journals contribute to academic and policy debates on key environmental issues. The team at Ecologic Legal also provides specialized training to German trainee lawyers.

For an overview of our projects, publications and team please follow the links on this website.

For inquiries concerning Ecologic Legal, please contact Christiane Gerstetter.