New EIEL webinar on conflicts between environmental protection and human rights in regional courts

The EIEL Jean Monnet staff is proud to announce a new EIEL webinar, which will focus on how conflicts between environmental protection and human rights are framed and adjudicated by regional courts. Our guest will be Dr Marie-Catherine Petersmann, Senior Researcher at Tilburg Law School (Tilburg University).

The webinar will take place on 26 January 2023 at 14:30 / 2:30pm CET on the YouTube channel of the EIEL Jean Monnet module. Dr Petersmann will retrace how legal frameworks for environmental protection evolved over time and progressively merged with human rights concerns. She will problematise how this relationship was construed and argue that the conflicts that underpin it mainly remained unseen. More specifically, Dr Petersmann will critically evaluate the argumentative tropes and strategies used in the environmental case-law of regional courts to understand how conflicts between environmental protection and human rights are judicially mediated.

During the event, we will also present Dr Petersmann’s new monograph, “When Environmental Protection and Human Rights Collide: The Politics of Conflict Management by Regional Courts” (Cambridge University Press 2022). The volume has been defined “terrific and essential”, “well-argued and thought-provoking”, with an “original and compelling legal analysis” by reviewers.

Besides her role as a Senior Researcher at Tilburg University’s Law School, Dr Petersmann is currently a Resident Fellow at Istituto Svizzero in Rome for the period 2022-2023. At Tilburg University, she works as part of the ‘Constitutionalizing in the Anthropocene’ project Prior to that, she was a Postdoctoral Fellow (SNF) at the Copernicus Institute of Sustainable Development (Utrecht) and Teaching Associate at the Strathclyde Center for Environmental Law and Governance (Glasgow).

She earned a PhD and LLM in International Law from the European University Institute (Florence) and an MA in International Law from the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies (Geneva). In 2022, she was awarded a Veni grant from the Dutch NWO for her project on ‘Anthropocene Legalities: Reconfiguring Relations with/in More-than-human Worlds’.