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The extensive powers of the European Court of Justice make it difficult for the EU to subject itself to international courts and tribunals. Laurens Ankersmit examines what this means for environmental law.

Detail Summary
Date 14 September 2017
Time 13:00 - 14:00
Location Oudemanhuispoort
Room A 2.04
Organised by Dr Laurens Ankersmit, ClientEarth, Brussels & Brussels School of International Studies


Are the EU's constitutional limitations a blessing or a curse for environmental justice? On the one hand, it may make it difficult for the EU to subject itself to bodies that can pose a threat to environmental justice, such as investor-state dispute settlement. On the other, it may also impede the establishment or functioning of bodies tasked with upholding environmental law, such as the Aarhus Convention's Compliance Committee, a potential future Multilateral Investment Court or future panels established under environmental chapters in EU trade agreements. This presentation explores the constitutional limits set by the ECJ in the context of recent developments in EU international relations law.  

The speaker

Laurens Ankersmit is a lawyer at ClientEarth, Brussels and teaches EU external relations law at the Brussels School of International Studies. He holds a PhD from VU University Amsterdam and an LLM from the College of Europe. His main research interests are the environmental aspects of international and European economic law. 

Attendance and registration

Attendance is free, registration by email to Angela Moisl,, is appreciated. 


Room A 2.04

Oudemanhuispoort 4-6
1012 CN Amsterdam