EULawSD Webinars

The EULawSD module will organize a yearly series of webinars to complement teaching activities, engage with practitioners, and foster outreach to and debate with the general public.

Webinars will be set up through YouTube Live and will be uploaded to both the website and SDSN channels for permanent use. 1-hour webinars will be set up during the duration of the course, and additional webinars will be arranged during the other months of each year to continue the discussion with students and other stakeholders. The webinars’ outputs will also provide the basis for further dissemination activities (e.g. blog posts, policy papers) to be undertaken by the teaching staff.

The topics of the webinars will be calibrated according to the themes touched upon during the course, but will also build upon them to analyse case studies and recent developments in the larger context of international and EU law on SD. Invitees will include experts on EU law and sustainable development, policy-makers and practitioners, relying upon the networks of the teaching staff as well as on the opportunities arising from the collaboration with SDSN.

To join the webinars on EULawSD’s YouTube Channel, click here.

EULawSD Webinar Series 2018

29 June 2018, 3.30PM – 4.30PM CEST

Faustine Bas-Defossez (Head of Agriculture and Land Management Programme, Institute for European Environmental Policy), The Environmental Dimension of the Post-2020 Common Agricultural Policy

originalMs. Faustine Bas-Defossez joined IEEP in April 2018 as Head of the Agriculture and Land Management Programme.

She spent eight years leading the largest Federation of Environmental NGOs’ (the European Environmental Bureau – EEB) campaign on the Common Agriculture Policy (CAP), advocating for a more sustainable agriculture and farming across Europe. That experience not only provided Faustine with excellent advocacy skills, it also deepened her knowledge of the CAP and farming systems and policies across Europe. Before that, she worked for the European Commission Directorate-General for Agriculture and Rural Development on the European Food Aid for the most deprived Program and the public goods delivered by the agriculture sector.

A French national with far-off German origins, Faustine defines herself as a true European and a passionate advocate. She holds a masters degree in European Union law from the University of Lille in Lille, France and a masters degree in EU Politics from the Institute of Political Science in Strasbourg, France.

9 May 2018, 3.00PM – 4.00PM CEST

Laurens Ankersmit (EU Trade and Environmental Lawyer, ClientEarth), Current State of the Trade & Environment Debate in EU Law

laurens_ankersmitDr. Laurens Ankersmit joined ClientEarth in Spring 2015 as EU Trade and Environmental Lawyer. He has previously worked as a lawyer for the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs and for Clifford Chance Brussels. He also worked as a researcher and lecturer at VU University Amsterdam.

Dr. Ankersmit studied law and international relations at the University of Groningen and at the College of Europe. He holds a Ph.D. in EU law from VU University, Amsterdam, writing his dissertation on fair and sustainable trade within the EU internal market. He currently also teaches EU international relations law at the Brussels School of International Studies of the University of Kent.

His latest book, Green Trade and Fair Trade in and with the EU, was published in 2017 by Cambridge University Press. He frequently writes on the European Law Blog on trade and environment matters.

For the slides used in Dr. Ankersmit’s presentation, visit this link.


1 March 2018, 11.30AM – 12.30PM CET

Guido Schmidt-Traub (Executive Director, Sustainable Development Solutions Network), SDG Implementation in an European Context: Current Trends and Scenarios 

Guido-Schmidt-Traub_1Dr. Guido Schmidt-Traub is Executive Director of the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network, which operates under the auspices of the UN Secretary-General to support the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals and the Paris Climate Agreement. Guido leads the SDSN’s policy work, including on long-term pathways for sustainable land-use and food systems, financing for development, and the SDG Index and Dashboards. He serves on the Governing Council of Future Earth and other advisory bodies.

Previously, Guido was CEO of Paris-based CDC Climat Asset Management, an investment company regulated by the French financial markets regulator; climate change advisor to the Africa Progress Panel secretariat; and Director and Partner at South Pole Carbon Asset Management in Zurich. He managed the MDG Support Team at UNDP (2006-2008) and served as Policy Advisor and then as Associate Director of the UN Millennium Project in New York, which was tasked with developing an action plan to achieve the Millennium Development Goals and advised countries around the world on their implementation.

Earlier Guido was Partner at IndexIT Scandinavia, a private equity fund for early-stage technology companies, and consultant at McKinsey & Company in Germany. Guido holds a Ph.D. in Economics from Wageningen University & Research, an M.Phil. in Economics from Oxford University (Rhodes Scholar), and a Masters in physical chemistry from the Free University Berlin. He resides in Paris with his family.