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Jonathan Verschuuren

Prof.dr., prof.dr.

  • Prof. Cobbenhagenlaan 221, Montesquieu Building, room M 417

    5037 DE Tilburg

    Netherlands

1990 …2020

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Personal profile

Research interests

Verschuuren's research mainly focuses on the role of international and EU environmental law in legal practice. Current research focuses on climate change, particularly adaptation. As of 2015, Verschuuren primarily researches the impact of climate change on agriculture and vice versa, particularly with a view to developing a regulatory framework for climate smart agriculture. In 2015, he was awarded a two year Marie Sklodowska Curie Global Fellowship on this topic. In 2016, he spent 12 months at the ACCEL for the first year of this project, primarily with the aim to assess the experiences with Australia?s carbon farming initiative. This project also comprised empirical research, mostly through interviewing stakeholders (governments, carbon agents, farmers organisations, banks etc.). In 2017, he returned to Europe, to see whether and how similar instruments aimed at stimulating farmers to convert to climate smart practices can be integrated in the EU's climate and agricultural policies. In that year he also received the prestigious senior scholarship prize of the IUCN Academy of Environmental Law. From 2020-2022, Verschuuren researches the integration of agricultural greenhouse gas emissions into the EU emissions trading system, under a grant by the Netherlands Research Council. Verschuuren is involved in the Tilburg Law School research project 'Constitutionalizing the Anthropocene' (2019-2023).

Verschuuren has written numerous publications in the field on environmental law, include many articles in outstanding refereed journals throughout the world.

Some of his research themes: Climate change, adaptation, coastal adaptation, geo-engineering, climate change and agriculture/food security, climate change and armed conflicts, biodiversity, European and International Environmental Law, Environmental Law, Environmental Justice, Wild Birds and Habitats Directives, Wetlands Convention, precautionary principle, codification, globalisation and the environment, corporate social responsibility and environmental law, water law, transboundary cooperation

Career

In 1999, Verschuuren obtained the position of full professor of International and European Environmental Law at Tilburg University, the faculty of the Tilburg Sustainability Center and the Center for Transboundary Legal Development. His research primarily focuses on climate law, in particular on adaptation. In 2016, Verschuuren was a Marie Sklodowska Curie fellow at the Australian Centre for Climate and Environmental Law at the University of Sydney. There, he assessed the experiences with Australia's carbon farming initiative. This project also comprised empirical research, mostly through interviewing stakeholders (governments, carbon agents, farmers organisations, banks etc.). In 2017, Verschuuren returned to Europe, to see whether and how similar instruments aimed at stimulating farmers to convert to climate smart practices can be integrated in the EU's climate and agricultural policies, and thus to develop a regulatory framework for climate smart agriculture. In that year, he was awarded the IUCN Academy of Environmental Law senior scholarship prize. In 2020-2022, Verschuuren works on a project sponsored by the Netherlands Research Council on integrating agricultural greenhouse gas emissions into the EU emissions trading system.

Verschuuren also is or has been a visiting professor at the universities of Connecticut, North West/Potchefstroom (South Africa), Leuven (Belgium) and Malta. Since 2008, Verschuuren has been appointed as "extraordinary professor" at the North West University in South Africa. In the past, Verschuuren was a member of the Dutch national advisory council for the Ministry of Housing, Spatial Planning and the Environment. He is a member of the World Commission on Environmental Law and the Academy of Environmental Law, both of IUCN. From 2008 until 2010, Verschuuren acted as the vice dean research of the Tilburg Law School and as the director of its graduate school.

Teaching

International and European Environmental Law

Climate Law

Crisis and EU Law

Methodology of Legal Research

Current courses

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PhD supervision

Verschuuren is or has been supervising more than 25 PhD students on following topics: Environmental Self-Regulation (Dr. Rob van Gestel), The Antarctic Protocol and its legal implementation at the domestic level (Dr. Kees Bastmeijer), Information and Product Chain Management (Dr. Tom de Wit), Environmental Impact Assessment (Dr. Katinka Jesse), The Concept of Biodiversity in Law (Dr. Timon Oudenaarden), Efficacy of Biodiversity related International Law (Dr. Karin Baakman), The Realisation of South Africa's Environmental Human Right at Local Government Level (Anel du Plessis LLD), Environmental Justice in Europe (Dr. Steve Kuchta), Transfer of technology under the international climate change regime to China (Dr. Zhou Chen), Transfrontier biodiversity conservation in southern Africa (Niel Lubbe LLD), Liability for nuclear damage under international public law (Dr. Sayed Zeidan), Legal aspects of geo-engineering technology trials (Dr. Jesse Reynolds), Legal protection of future generations in climate law (Dr. Peter Lawrence), Climate-induced migration (Dr. Mariya Gromilova), Environmental law in the antropocene (Dr. Louis Kotzé), rights-based approach to foreign agro-investments in Africa (Dr. Jean Claude Ashukem), Greening tax law in Ethiopia (Dr. Merhatbeb T. Gebregiorg), the public trust doctrine in South African biodiversity law (Dr. Andrew Blackmore), flyway protection of European migratory vogels in Africa (Dr. Melissa Lewis), Public participation in environmental impact assessment in Ethiopia (Dr. Desta G. Gidey), liability for environmental damage by oil spills from offshore oil installations (Dr. Yuan Yang), water scarcity under climate change and river basin management (Miriam Jafrudi), sustainable cities and planning law (Dr. Angela van der Berg), the water-energy nexus in South Africa (Henny Coetzee), the role of citizen sensing in environmental policy-making (Anna Berti Suman), commercialization of the sea and the international challenge for conservation (Iman Hasanvand), rural climate change adaptation India (Nairita Roy Chaudhuri), urban climate change adaptation (Joris van Laarhoven).

 

External positions

Fellow, Postgraduate teaching (Sustainability College Bruges)

1 Sep 2017 → …

Member Expertpool for advice when needed, upon further agreement (WaterLex)

1 Jul 2016 → …

Marie Sklodowska Curie Fellow, University of Sydney

1 Jan 20161 Jan 2017

Member general board. Bi-annual meetings. (Stichting Brabants Landschap)

1 May 20141 May 2022

Extraordinary professor. Guest lectures, supervision master and PhD students, joint research (North West University)

1 Jan 2008 → …

Member. Expert advice on environmental impact assessments for individual projects (Commissie milieu effectrapportage)

13 May 20061 Jan 2025

Keywords

  • Climate Change
  • Sustainability
  • Environmental Law
  • International Environmental Agreements
  • International Environmental Law
  • European Environmental Law
  • Administrative Law
  • Environmental Policy
  • Victimology

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Research Output

Corona en het milieurecht

Translated title of the contribution: Corona and environmental lawVerschuuren, J., Jun 2020, In : Tijdschrift voor Omgevingsrecht en Omgevingsbeleid. 2020, 2, p. 124-126 3 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleProfessional

Corona en milieurecht

Verschuuren, J., 9 Apr 2020

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Open Access

CSO s in Sustainable Development in Ethiopia: Past Practices and New Trajectories

Broeckhoven, N., Gidey, D. G., Tafere Reda, K., Townsend, D. & Verschuuren, J., 30 Jul 2020, In : African Journal of Legal Studies. 13, 1, p. 1-30 30 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

Open Access
  • Open Access
  • Review of the book International agricultural law and policy: A rights-based approach to food security, H. Johnson, 2018

    Verschuuren, J., 27 Mar 2020, In : Journal of human rights and the environment. 11, 1, p. 138-142 5 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalBook/Film/Article reviewScientific

  • Activities

    Zoönosen en milieurecht

    Jonathan Verschuuren (Chair)

    2 Jul 2020

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in conferenceProfessional

    Sustainability Reviewer Board (External organisation)

    Jonathan Verschuuren (Chair)

    24 Apr 2020 → …

    Activity: Membership typesMembership of committeeScientific

    Springer Nature (Publisher)

    Jonathan Verschuuren (Reviewer)

    6 Apr 2020

    Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesPublication peer-reviewScientific

    Yotam Shlomo

    Jonathan Verschuuren (Host)

    6 Feb 202012 Feb 2020

    Activity: Hosting a visitor typesHosting an academic visitorScientific

    Edward Elgar Publishing Ltd. (Publisher)

    Jonathan Verschuuren (Reviewer)

    18 Dec 2019

    Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesPublication peer-reviewScientific

    Projects

    Press / Media

    Protesten agrariërs krijgen navolging

    Jonathan Verschuuren

    11/10/19

    1 Media contribution

    Press/Media: Expert Comment

    Wil om wet te handhaven ontbreekt bij Landbouw

    Jonathan Verschuuren

    27/09/19

    1 Media contribution

    Press/Media: Expert Comment

    Bakkeleien over handel in stikstofuitstoot

    Jonathan Verschuuren

    19/09/19

    1 Media contribution

    Press/Media: Expert Comment

    Prizes / Recognition