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What is the legitimacy of EU’s action as a global environmental regulator? As a powerful economy, the EU both contributes to and has extraordinary potential to fight global environmental challenges, such as climate change, deforestation, overfishing and others

Event details of The EU as a global environmental regulator - extraterritoriality, transnational effects and legitimacy
Date 16 November 2018
Time 13:00 -16:00
Location Roeterseilandcampus - building A
Room A7.23

Research shows that the EU employs normative trade power to extend EU environmental and sustainability standards to other jurisdictions through a mix of governance instruments, such as market access, public-private supply chain regulation, trade and development policy (so-called ‘Brussels effect’). A major challenge is, however, that the use of this power is often perceived as illegitimate (patronizing or protectionist) by regulatory addressees abroad, especially in less-developed countries in the Global South, which in turn has the potential to impede effective norm adoption. This Roundtable will critically examine the legitimacy of the extension of EU regulatory power beyond EU borders from different perspectives and considering recent trends and policy measures.

The discussion will start with the presentation by Dr. Ioanna Hadjiyianni, who will present her book The EU as a Global Regulator for Environmental Protection: A Legitimacy Perspective, which is forthcoming with Hart Publishing in 2019. The book addresses the legitimacy of so called EU Internal Environmental Measures with Extraterritorial Implications (IEMEIs). It will be followed by interventions by the other participants and discussion.


Dr. Laurens Ankersmit, Amsterdam Centre for European Law and Governance and Amsterdam Centre for European Studies, UvA

Dr. Antoine Duval, The Asser Institute

Dr. Ioanna Hadjiyianni, Max Weber Fellow, European University Institute

Dr. Enrico Partiti, Tilburg University

Dr. Maria Weimer, and Amsterdam Centre for European Studies, UvA

Prof. Jonathan Zeitlin, Amsterdam Centre for European Studies and Amsterdam Centre for European Law and Governance, UvA


Roeterseilandcampus - building A

Room A7.23

Nieuwe Achtergracht 166
1018 WV Amsterdam