Adil Boutaqmanti is a PhD candidate at the Faculty of Law. He is currently enrolled in the joint PhD programme between the University of Sidi Mohamed Ben Abdellah in Fez, Morocco and Hasselt University. Adil Boutaqmanti earned his Master of Laws degree from the University of Sidi Mohamed Ben Abdellah, and worked at the Laboratory Center for the Obligations and Contracts of Law at the same university. He is currently conducting his academic research in the field of legal jurisprudence of renewable energy sources market in both Morocco and the European Union countries. His dissertation topic is ‘The regulation of renewable energy in Morocco and the European Union’.
Thomas de Römph
Thomas de Römph behaalde in 2012 zijn masterdiploma International and European Law (track Public International Law) aan de Universiteit van Amsterdam. Hij specialiseert zich in milieurecht. Hij is sinds eind 2012 als doctoraatsbursaal verbonden aan de Universiteit Hasselt en de KU Leuven. In dat kader bereidt hij een proefschrift voor over de juridische barrières voor duurzaam materialenbeheer in de Europese Unie. Van eind 2012 tot 2016 was hij tevens werkzaam als onderzoeker bij het Steunpunt Duurzaam Materialenbeheer.
'The legal transition towards a Circular Economy - EU environmental law examined'
Materials underpin the quality of life and are driving forces of the economy. Due to the living standard and the consumption levels, pressures on natural resources, the environment and human health have increased phenomenal and will continue to rise. Hence, a change in many of our existing manufacturing, production, consumption and waste treatment patterns is required to ensure the sustainable use of materials. To this end, the European Union has adopted an extensive policy framework in 2015, called the ‘Circular Economy Package’. The Package aims at transforming the Union’s economy from a linear system into a so-called ‘Circular Economy’, which is a fully integrated approach that starts from a life-cycle perspective. This transition, however, gives rise to certain legal challenges, potentially requiring adjustments to existing EU legal framework. Taking the Circular Economy Package as a reference point, this research pinpoints these challenges and addresses them. It focuses on the life-cycle stages of a material (product, waste and resource) coupled with three key laws (Ecodesign Directive, Waste Framework Directive and REACH Regulation). The role of international trade law in the Circular Economy is also being discussed. The challenges are moreover illustrated by four materials (wood, glass, plastic and metals).
Promoter: Prof. Dr Bernard Vanheusden, Hasselt University & Prof. Dr Geert Van Calster, KU Leuven
Start date: November 1, 2012
Theodoros Iliopoulos has studied law at the University of Athens (LLB degree in 2014). He has an LLM in ‘EU Law’ from the University of Athens (2015) and an LLM in ‘Law and Economics’ from the Utrecht University (cum laude, 2016). He has worked as a lawyer and as a university teaching assistant. Since September 2017, he has been a doctoral researcher at Hasselt University. His research focuses on environmental and energy law and regulation.
‘The Promotion of Renewable Energy Sources for Electricity Within the Internal Market’
The European Union (EU) energy policy aims to the development of renewable energy sources (RES) in order to combat climate change, to increase energy security and to create a resilient internal energy market. Accordingly, EU legislation obliges Member States to reach a specific share of energy from RES by 2020. However, the EU energy system is still dominated by fossil fuels and dependent on imports. Furthermore, the deployment of RES is uncertain as it continues to be costly and risky. Given the above, state intervention is required in order to correct market failures. Thus, states implement support schemes, i.e. legal instruments that enhance RES development. Theodoros’ research project focuses on the support schemes for RES for electricity in the EU and puts forward the question how RES for electricity could and should be promoted within the internal market. The project applies a law and economics analysis in order to scrutinise the effects of support schemes on competition and on the internal electricity market and to deal with issues of support schemes’ design, effectiveness and viability.
Promoter: Prof. Dr Bernard Vanheusden, Hasselt University
Start date: September 19, 2017
Anna Vanhellemont studeerde in 2016 af als master in de rechten aan de Universiteit Gent, met een specialisatie in het staats- en omgevingsrecht. Nadien werkte ze als wetenschappelijk medewerker in het vakgebied Milieurecht van de onderzoeksgroep Publiekrecht aan de Universiteit Gent. Sinds september 2017 is Anna mandaatassistent omgevingsrecht aan de Universiteit Hasselt.
‘Towards an EU environmental code’
In several European countries there have been attempts to codify environmental law, some of which more successful than others. This codification can be considered as a reaction to the incoherent and unsystematic development of the environmental law branch. There is too much environmental legislation, as well as an abundance of procedures which create an excessive administrative burden. The existing regulation is too specific and detailed and is not built around a systematic and harmonious concept; it has mostly been fragmentary and random. These factors can also be noticed in EU environmental law. There is certainly a need to improve EU environmental legislation with regard to its drafting and its effective application. The main objective of Anna’s research is to establish whether a (partial) codification of EU environmental law could be a step in the right direction. During her research, the instruments of EU environmental law will be examined in the light of the movement towards codification, both in the field of environmental law (in the Member States), and in other branches of law. Several options for a codification of EU environmental law, covering different scopes, will be explored. These possibilities will be evaluated based on qualitative criteria and the feasibility of an EU environmental code will be assessed.
Promoter: Prof. Dr Bernard Vanheusden, Hasselt University
Start date: September 16, 2017