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Name JAW van Zeben

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DescriptionProfessor and chair
OrganizationDepartment of Social Sciences
Organization UnitLaw Group
Secretarial phone+31 317 484 159
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Visiting addressHollandseweg 1
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  • Co-editor-in-chief - Cambridge University Press
    Jan 2022 - Present

    Co-editor-in-chief of Transnational Environmental Law

  • Visiting professor - Bocconi University
    Sep 2021 - Sep 2028

    I will teach part of an annual course on environmental law.

  • Lecturer - ETH Zurich
    Sep 2012 - Sep 2022

    Lecturer in course Environmental Regulation: Law and Policy


Josephine van Zeben is Professor and Chair of the LAW group at Wageningen University (WUR, the Netherlands). She has also been a lecturer at the ETH Zürich – teaching Environmental Regulation: Law and Policy – since 2012. Before joining WUR, van Zeben was Fellow in Public and EU Law (associate professor equivalent) at Worcester College, University of Oxford (2014-2019). She holds a PhD in Law and Economics (cum laude) from the University of Amsterdam, and LLM degrees from Harvard University and the University of Amsterdam (European Private Law), an LLB in Scots Law from the University of Edinburgh and a BA in Social Sciences from University College Utrecht, Utrecht University.

Prof. van Zeben’s research focusses on the regulation of environmental issues by public and private actors across jurisdictions, with particular attention for polycentric governance theory and developments related to the European Union. She is research lead of the LAW Group's program "Law for the Living Environment". Her research also draws on her teaching of law to non-law students and lawyers from foreign jurisdictions by actively searching for optimal ways of analysing complex legal and societal problems so as to facilitate interdisciplinary solutions.

Prof. van Zeben welcomes inquiries on PhD supervision, particularly in the areas of international and EU environmental law, climate change, ecosystem management and biodiversity, pollution and plastics, comparative environmental law, and EU public law.

Prof. van Zeben is part of the editorial board of several academic journals, including Transnational Environmental Law, the Croatian Yearbook of European Law and Policy, and Istituzioni del Federalismo, and board member of several associations, such as the Society for Environmental Law and Economics and the International Environmental Law Interest Group of the European Society of International Law. She has held visiting professorships at Notre Dame Law School (United States), La Trobe Law School (Australia) and provides guest lectures across the world.

Her inaugural lecture "Law for the Living Environment" (7 October 2021) can be viewed here.

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FOODSAFETY4EU (H2020, 2020-2023) is a project focused to design, develop and release a multi-stakeholder platform for the future European Food Safety System (FSS), by structuring a participatory process, which sustains a responsive and adaptive community of FSS actors.

PI: Pieternel Luning (FQD)

Co-PIs: Hanna Schebesta (LAW) and Josephine van Zeben (LAW)

PhD researcher: Niels van der Linden (FQD and LAW)


Period 1: LAW12806 - Introduction to Law for the Life Sciences

Period 3: LAW-22306 - International and EU Environmental Law 

Period 4: LAW57306 - Agri-Environmental Law and Policy

I also supervise MSc and BSc thesis related to all areas of environmental and public law.

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