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Jonathan Verschuuren

Prof.dr., prof.dr.

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

    5037 DE Tilburg

    Netherlands

1970 …2019
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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.

Verschuuren has written more than 200 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 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 is a Marie Sklodowska Curie fellow at the Australian Centre for Climate and Environmental Law at the University of Sydney. There, he assesses 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 will return 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. He 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.
. 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.

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 20 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 (Merhatbeb T. Gebregiorg), Flyway protection of European migratory vogels in Africa (Melissa Lewis), Public participation in environmental impact assessment in Ethiopia (Dr. Desta G. Gidey), liability for environmental damage by oil spills from oil rigs (Yuan Yang), water scarcity under climate change and river basin management (Miriam Jafrudi), sustainable cities and planning law (Angela van der Berg).

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 Jan 2010 → …

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 200613 May 2016

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 1970 2019

Complying with Australia's illegal logging laws: Tough reality after a soft start? Lessons from the United States and the European Union

Garcia, B. & Verschuuren, J., 23 May 2019, In : Asian Pacific Journal of Environmental Law. 22, 1, p. 7-26 20 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

compliance
European Union
law enforcement
forest product
import
Open Access
appeal
greenhouse gas
Netherlands
climate
precautionary principle

Agriculture, climate disasters and the law

Verschuuren, J., Jul 2018, Research handbook on climate disaster law: Barriers and opportunities. Lyster, R. & Verchick, R. (eds.). Cheltenham: Edward Elgar Publishing Ltd., p. 297-312 16 p. (Research Handbooks in Climate Law).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapterScientific

Open Access
File
disaster
agriculture
climate
climate change
twenty first century

Towards an EU regulatory framework for climate smart agriculture: The example of soil carbon sequestration

Verschuuren, J., Jul 2018, In : Transnational Environmental Law. 7, 2, p. 301-322 22 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

Open Access
regulatory framework
soil carbon
carbon sequestration
CAP
EU
12 Downloads (Pure)

Climate change and agriculture under the United Nations Framework Convention on climate change and related documents

Verschuuren, J., Mar 2017, Research handbook on climate change and agricultural law. Angelo, M. J. & du Plessis, A. (eds.). Cheltenham: Edward Elgar Publishing Ltd., p. 21-46 26 p. 2. (Research Handbooks in Climate Law; vol. 4).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapterScientific

Open Access
File
United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change
agriculture
climate change
Kyoto Protocol
biofuel

Activities 1995 2019

University of Tehran

Jonathan Verschuuren (Visiting researcher)
14 Apr 201919 Apr 2019

Activity: Visiting an external institution typesVisiting an external academic institutionScientific

Edward Elgar Publishing Ltd. (Publisher)

Jonathan Verschuuren (Reviewer)
13 Sep 2019

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

Randall Abate

Jonathan Verschuuren (Host)
20 Jun 2019

Activity: Hosting a visitor typesHosting an academic visitorScientific

File

Edward Elgar Publishing Ltd. (Publisher)

Jonathan Verschuuren (Reviewer)
12 Sep 2019

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

Biobased en gerecyclede grondstoffen in kunststof verpakkingen: belemmerende regelgeving?

Jonathan Verschuuren (Consultant), Phillip Paiement (Consultant), Floor Fleurke (Consultant)
29 May 2019

Activity: Consultancy typesConsultancyScientific

Projects 1995 2007

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

Iran's Lake Urmia revives amid heavy rains, official efforts

Jonathan Verschuuren

14/04/19

1 Media contribution

Press/Media: Expert Comment

Zit de rechter nu op de stoel van de politiek?

Jonathan Verschuuren

11/10/18

1 Media contribution

Press/Media: Expert Comment

Prizes / Recognition

regulatory framework
agriculture
climate
environmental law
academy
emissions trading
greenhouse gas
agriculture
research project
grant