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Governing Body Fellow

Professor Harro van Asselt (PhD, cum laude) holds the Hatton Professorship in Climate Law at the University of Cambridge, and is a Fellow at Hughes. He is also a Professor of Climate Law and Policy at the University of Eastern Finland Law School, and an Affiliated Researcher with the Stockholm Environment Institute. He is also the Editor-in-Chief of the Review of European, Comparative & International Environmental Law (RECIEL), one of the top peer-reviewed environmental law journals.

He has held visiting research and/or teaching positions at a number of leading international institutions, including Utrecht University, the University of Georgia, the University of Strathclyde, Bar-Ilan University, the Tokyo Institute of Technology, and the Finnish Institute for International Affairs. He is also a Senior Research Fellow with the Earth System Governance project and a Steering Committee member of its Task Force on Earth System Law, a member of the IUCN World Commission on Environmental Law, a member of Climate Strategies, and he has been a member of the International Law Association Committee on Sustainable Development and the Green Economy in International Trade Law and a member of the E15 Expert Group on Measures to Address Climate Change and the Trade System, hosted by the World Economic Forum and the International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development.

Professor van Asselt has published extensively in the field of climate change law and policy, covering developments in international, European, and national climate law and governance. His books include The Fragmentation of Global Climate Governance (Edward Elgar 2014), The Art and Craft of International Environmental Law (Oxford University Press forthcoming, with Daniel Bodansky), Governing Climate Change (Cambridge University Press 2018, co-edited with Andrew Jordan and others), The Politics of Fossil Fuel Subsidies and Their Reform (Cambridge University Press 2018, co-edited with Jakob Skovgaard), and the Research Handbook of Climate Finance and Investment Law (Edward Elgar forthcoming, with Michael Mehling). His work has appeared in leading law journals and leading interdisciplinary journals.

Professor van Asselt has contributed to high-level reports informing policymakers, such as the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s Sixth Assessment Report and the Emissions Gap and Production Gap reports (both supported by the UN Environment Programme). He is regularly cited in international media.