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Ecologic Legal - the legal team of the Ecologic Institute.

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Die Durchsetzung von Verbraucherrechten in internationalen Handelsabkommen

Cross-border trade and the rules governing it impact consumers. Trade has benefits for consumers, such as access to goods not available domestically. Yet it also has certain risks, such as exposure to traded goods that may be dangerous. Against this background, consumer organisations on both sides of the Atlantic have been discussing what a consumer-friendly trade policy could look like. Christiane Gerstetter and Lena Donat of Ecologic Institute's Legal Team have compiled a study examining what complaint mechanisms for consumer organisations concerning international trade agreements could look like. Read more

Environmental Criminal Law in Germany

As an output of the research project "European Union Action to Fight Environmental Crime" (EFFACE), which was coordinated by Ecologic Institute, an edited volume entitled "Environmental Crime in Europe" was published by Hart Publishing. Dr. Stephan Sina, Senior Fellow at Ecologic Institute, contributed a chapter on environmental crime in Germany. In this chapter, he describes the legal framework on environmental crime in Germany and assesses its conformity with the EU's Environmental Crime Directive. Read more

Implementation of the European Union's Action Plan on Environmental Compliance Assurance and Governance

December 2017 to March 2019
In January 2018 the European Commission adopted an Action Plan to improve compliance with EU environmental rules. Ecologic Institute and its partners support the European Commission in implementing the Action Plan. In particular, the project assists the European Commission in the development of good practice guidance documents on combating environmental crimes, on compliance assurance in rural areas and on handling environmental complaints of citizens as well as with the communication on the Action Plan.Read more

State-level Climate Protection Laws in Germany – a comparative overview

TimeLoc
8 December 2017
Stuttgart
Germany
On 8 December 2017, Dr. Stephan Sina, Senior Fellow at Ecologic Institute, presented a comparative overview of climate change laws at state level in Germany at a workshop on the further development of the Climate Change Act for Baden-Württemberg. He focused on common features and differences in the existing climate change acts, and highlighted elements of interest for the amendment of the Climate Change Act for Baden-Württemberg.Read more

Environmental Criminal Law: Status quo and Further Development

September 2017 to December 2018
The illegal pollution of soil, water, and air, the illegal trade in protected species or the illegal shipment of waste abroad – these are different forms of environmental crime. Environmental crime has many negative consequences. Its environmental impacts 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 and sustainable development.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.