Research Output per year
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
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.
International and European Environmental Law
Crisis and EU Law
Methodology of Legal Research
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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).
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 Sydney1 Jan 2016 → 1 Jan 2017
Member general board. Bi-annual meetings. (Stichting Brabants Landschap)1 May 2014 → 1 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 2006 → 1 Jan 2025
- Climate Change
- Environmental Law
- International Environmental Agreements
- International Environmental Law
- European Environmental Law
- Administrative Law
- Environmental Policy
Research output: Contribution to journal › Article › Professional
Research output: Non-textual form › Web publication/site › Other research output
Research output: Contribution to journal › Article › Scientific › peer-review
Restoration of protected lakes under climate change: what legal measures are needed to help biodiversity adapt to the changing climate? The case of Lake IJssel, NetherlandsVerschuuren, J., 1 Jun 2020, In : Colorado Natural Resources, Energy & Environmental Law Review. 31, 2, p. 265-288 24 p.
Research output: Contribution to journal › Article › Scientific
Review of the book International agricultural law and policy: A rights-based approach to food security, H. Johnson, 2018Verschuuren, J., 27 Mar 2020, In : Journal of human rights and the environment. 11, 1, p. 138-142 5 p.
Research output: Contribution to journal › Book/Film/Article review › Scientific
Activities per year
Jonathan Verschuuren (Chair)
Activity: Membership types › Membership of committee › Scientific
Projects per year
Effective Access to Justice for Environmental NGOs in Environmental Matter. A Comparative Analysis of the International, European and National Judicial and Practical Limitations on Access and a Search
de Lange, F. A. & Verschuuren, J.
1/02/01 → …
Project: Research project
Oudenaarden, T. A., Gilhuis, P. C. & Verschuuren, J.
1/10/96 → …
Project: Research project
1 Media contribution
Press/Media: Expert Comment
1 Media contribution
Press/Media: Expert Comment
Verschuuren, Jonathan (Recipient), 20 Apr 2015
Verschuuren, Jonathan (Recipient), 2 Jun 2017
Open Competition Netherlands Research Council grant "Reducing greenhouse gas emissions from agriculture: the role of emissions trading"