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Dr. Leonie Reins is Assistant Professor at the Tilburg Institute for Law, Technology, and Society (TILT), Tilburg Law School (the Netherlands).

Leonie?s research focuses on the intersections of energy and environmental law. She is particularly interested in the regulation of new technologies that are capable of mitigating, or providing means of adaptation to, global problems such as climate change and the associated risks and uncertainty that manifest themselves at the local level. Within this field, she focuses on the regulation of new technologies and developments such as CCS, nanotechnology, shale gas and the emergence of energy prosumers. Regulatory approaches towards risk and risk management also play an important role in her work. Leonie's work further addresses the way in which regulators balance environmental protection and climate change mitigation and adaptation with other objectives, such as energy supply security, and energy efficiency.





In 2017, Leonie joined Tilburg Law School as an Assistant Professor at the Tilburg Institute for Law, Technology and Society (TILT).

Prior to joining TILT, she worked as a PhD Candidate and then as a Post-Doctoral Researcher at KU Leuven (Belgium). Her research project on ?the coherent regulation on energy and environment ? using shale gas as a case study?, was financed by the Research Foundation ? Flanders (FWO). In addition Leonie worked as Legal Advisor at a Brussels-based environmental law and policy consultancy, where she was involved in projects relating to environmental, energy and climate change law and policy. Leonie holds and LL.M. in International, European and Comparative Energy and Environmental Law. She has been part of, and managed, several complex multi-country legal and policy studies for the European Institutions. These projects dealt with a range of topics, such as the precautionary principle and risk management, unconventional gas, environmental claims, deforestation, and energy supply security. Leonie has also managed several conformity assessment projects. Earlier in her career, Leonie served as a legal intern at the Environmental Law Center of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) in Bonn, Germany and was a research assistant at the department of Civil Law, Trade Law and Insurance Law at Leuphana University in Lüneburg where also completed her LL.B. 

Leonie's work has been published in leading journals, such as Environmental Liability and the Review of European, Comparative & International Environmental Law. Her 2017 monograph on the regulation of shale gas was published with Edward Elgar.



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Administration (Reins Energy GMBH)

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  • Innovation
  • Access To Justice
  • Nature Protection Law
  • Renewable Energy
  • Environmental Impact Study
  • European Environmental Law
  • Citizens Participation
  • International Environmental Law
  • Environmental Law
  • Comparative Law
  • Legal Principles
  • Soft Law
  • Regulation
  • Energy Sources
  • Energy Markets
  • Consumer Law
  • Energy Problems
  • European Law
  • New Technologies
  • Regulation Of New Technologies
  • Sustainable Development
  • Local Energy Planning
  • Nanotechnology
  • Risk Regulation
  • Climate Change

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Research Output

The legal an economic case for an auction reserve price in the EU emissions trading system

Fischer, C., Reins, L., Burtraw, D., Langlet, D., Löfgren, A., Mehling, M., Weishaar, S., Zetterberg, L., van Asselt, H. & Kulovesi, K., 2020, In : Columbia Journal of European Law. 26, 2, p. 1-35 35 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

  • Where eagles dare: How much further may EU Member States go under Article 193 TFEU?

    Reins, L., 2020, Research handbook on EU environmental law. Peeters, M. & Eliantonio, M. (eds.). Edward Elgar Publishing Limited, p. 22-35 14 p. (Research Handbooks in European Law).

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapterScientificpeer-review

    Concluding observations: The regulation of technology—what lies ahead—and where do we want to end up?

    Reins, L., 2019, Regulating new technologies in uncertain times. Reins, L. (ed.). T.M.C. Asser Press | Springer, p. 309-313 5 p. (Information Technology and Law Series; vol. 2019, no. 32).

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapterScientificpeer-review

    Co-producing European knowledge and publics amidst controversy: The EU expert network on unconventional hydrocarbons

    Lis, A., Kama, K. & Reins, L., Oct 2019, In : Science and Public Policy. 46, 5, p. 721-731 11 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

  • Fracking, sovereignty over natural resources and international investment law

    Reins, L., Geraets, D. & Schomerus, T., 2019, European yearbook of international economic law 2018. Bungenberg, M., Krajewski, M., Tams, C. J., Terhechte, J. P. & Ziegler, A. R. (eds.). Springer Press, p. 175-201 27 p. (European Yearbook of International Economic Law; vol. 2019, no. 9).

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapterScientificpeer-review


    Climate change and the EU energy transition

    Leonie Reins (Speaker)

    3 Jul 2020

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talkScientific

    Europe’s energy transition and gender equality: unlocking Europe’s talent and leadership potential in energy and climate through education

    Gokce Mete (Speaker), & Leonie Reins (Speaker)

    25 Jun 2020

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentationScientific

    Innovative regulatory approaches for innovative technologies? The role of experts in a polarized regulatory process

    Leonie Reins (Speaker)

    30 Aug 2019

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentationScientific

    Climate litigation in the Netherlands and the USA

    Patrick Parenteau (Contributor), , Jonathan Verschuuren (Chair), & Leonie Reins (Organiser)

    23 Nov 2018

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in workshop, seminar, course etc.Scientific