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Ecologic Legal - the legal team of the Ecologic Institute.

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Further Development of International and Europan Emissions Trading II

June 2016 to May 2019
The project accompanies the further development of international and European emissions trading. At international level the focus is on the implementation and development of emissions trading systems, their role in international climate policy and the potential of linking between individual ETS or with other economic instruments (e.g. taxes, offset mechanisms). At the European level, and partly also at the national level, the main focus of the project is the future design of the European emissions trading scheme (EU ETS), the inclusion of the aviation sector in the ETS, issues concerning EU ETS market oversight, and the interdependencies with other climate and energy policy instruments . In this context, Ecologic Institute is providing the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety (BMUB) with economic and legal analyses concerning the development and implementation of new concepts and legislation.Read more

The Energy Transition in Germany and the Renewable Energy Sources Act: Context, Legal and Procedural Aspects

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5 July 2016
Berlin
Germany
On 5 July 2016, Dr. Stephan Sina, Senior Fellow at Ecologic Institute, held a presentation on "The Energy Transition in Germany and the Renewable Energy Sources Act: Context, Legal and Procedural Aspects" for a delegation from the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) of the People's Republic of China. The presentation was part of a study tour on European and German Climate Change Legislation organized by the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH on behalf of the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety. The presentation slides are available for download.Read more

Briefing for the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES)

June 2016 to September 2016
From the 26 until 30 September 2016, the 17th meeting of the Conference of the Parties of the "Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species" (CITES COP 17) will be held in Johannesburg (South Africa). Since CITES entered into force in 1975, such meetings are held every three years to review progress in the conservation of target species and consider adopting proposals to amend this list and improve Convention effectiveness. Given the recent accession of the European Union to CITES in April 2015 and the aims noted above, Ecologic Institute has been commissioned by theRead more

Wildlife Crime

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19 April 2016
Brussels
Belgium
On 19 April 2016, Stephan Sina and Christiane Gerstetter, Senior Fellows at Ecologic Institute, presented a study on wildlife crime to the Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety (ENVI) of the European Parliament in Brussels. The study was compiled by a consortium lead by Ecologic Institute and published recently on the European Parliament's website. The presentation is available for download.Read more

Wildlife Crime

Study for the ENVI Committee
In the context of preparing an EU Action Plan against Wildlife Trafficking, the European Parliament commissioned a study to analyze wildlife crime in the EU, in particular the level and quality of enforcement in Member States. This study provided numerous insights on how to enhance the fight against wildlife crime. First, a higher priority should be placed on combating wildlife crime at the political level in addition to the measures taken by enforcement bodies. Secondly, Member States should provide for the specialization of enforcement staff and units. Finally, the report highlights the need for improved data collection, better cooperation and more demand reduction measures. The study 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 Dr. Ralph Bodle, LLM.