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).
Promotor: prof. dr. Bernard Vanheusden, Universiteit Hasselt & prof. dr. Geert Van Calster, KU Leuven
Startdatum: 1 november 2012
Yelena Gordeeva behaalde in 2004 een Master of Law aan de Moscow Humanitarian Economic University. Nadien volgde zij onder meer stages bij de Alaska State Legislature en was zij ook geruime tijd verbonden aan de Poznan University of Life Sciences. Zij specialiseerde zich de voorbije jaren in milieurecht. Momenteel is zij doctoraatsbursaal aan de faculteit Rechten van de Universiteit Hasselt en werkt ze aan een doctoraat over de bescherming van bossen onder het internationaal klimaatrecht.
‘European and Russian Forests under International Climate Change Law'
The main objective of this research project is to analyse the interrelation between the climate change international regime and the international regime on forests. For the research purposes we define ‘Regime’ as a special set of rules and principles on the administration of a determined problem. Each of the above mentioned international regimes was designed to address a particular environmental problem, respectively, climate change and global deforestation. Both environmental problems have been prominent concerns in international law for more than two decades. However, they have been largely regulated as separate and distinct with limited attention paid to deforestation role in climate change. This has given rise to overlapping and at times conflicting norms between the regimes. The research argues, because of the complexity of the issues and the diversity of the interests at stake, the environmental problems, such as climate change and global deforestation, do not fit neatly within a single international regime. In order to be effective, laws, designed to address the environmental problems, should take into account the interrelation between climate change and global deforestation.
Promotor: prof. dr. Bernard Vanheusden, Universiteit Hasselt
Startdatum: 1 oktober 2012