Recent Publications and Speeches


Paris Agreement, unambitious climate protection, precautionary principle, and human rights

Missing German and EU climate targets is not embarrassing - it is contrary to international and human rights. Even the unambitious targets themselves are illegal; all the more so their misconduct. More on this in our new legal opinion on the Paris Agreement here.

New Springer Nature Book Series: Environmental Humanities

From autumn 2018 Felix Ekardt will be the editor of Springer Nature's new book series "Environmental Humanities: Transformation, Governance, Ethics, Law". It is open to the entire social sciences, i.e. economics, philosophy, sociology, political science, ethnology, etc. Volume 1 "Sustainability: Transformation, Governance, Ethics, Law" by Felix Ekardt will be published soon and provides an overview of the work of the FNK with completely new perspectives in sustainability research: here.

Sustainable Land Use, Soil Protection and Phosphorus Management from a Cross-National Perspective

The scarcity of phosphorus (P) is a global concern that is not restricted to western industrialized nations. Based on several third-party funded projects, the industrialized nation of Germany, the emerging economy of Costa Rica, and the developing country of Nicaragua are examined in our new article in SUSTAINABILITY with regard to their legislation in the field of environmental protection and agriculture, in particular with regard to soil protection and fertilizer law. It becomes clear that soil protection in all three countries has not yet been adequately standardised in law and at the same time the efficient use of organic or recycled P fertilizers instead of (finite) mineral P fertilizers is inadequately regulated. here.

Felix Ekardt on "Growth - A Hard Habit to Break

A contribution in the Global Compact International Yearbook deals with fundamental issues of the sustainability debate: the limits to green growth and technological innovations, the preconditions of societal transformation towards sustainability, the complexity of human motivation, the underrated ambitiousness of the long-term goal in the Paris Climate Agreement. See, among other papers, here.

Universalism, Discourse Ethics, and Objectivity of Norms

The Research Unit Sustainability and Climate Policy has done a lot of research on the normative grounds of sustainability - respectively on the theoretical basis of both ethics and law. The most informative is the big German volume "Theorie der Nachhaltigkeit", but there is also a number of English papers. See, among other papers, here.

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Beatrice Garske

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Beatrice Garske, M.Sc., LL.M. oec. is a member of the Research Unit Sustainability and Climate Policy since 2012. She works as a research assistant in the project InnoSoilPhos (Innovative Solutions to Sustainable Soil Phosphorus Management). In this BonaRes project the research unit cooperates with various other institutions within the framework of Leibniz Science Campus Phosphorus Research Rostock since 2015 (funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research). Beatrice Garske mainly works on governance of phosphorus, soil and land-use as well as agricultural policy. Her special focus is on economic governance instruments and integrated solutions for interlinked environmental problems.

Since 2015 Beatrice Garske is working on her PhD thesis on economic governance instruments for agricultural phosphorus use including the interlinkages with soil, water, biodiversity and climate (in cooperation with University of Rostock, Faculty of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, Soil Science). She holds two master’s degrees in International Area Studies, M.Sc. (Martin-Luther-University Halle-Wittenberg, Institute of Geosciences and Geography) and in Business Law and Economic Law, LL.M. oec. (Martin-Luther-University Halle-Wittenberg, Faculty of Law, Economics and Business). From 2011 to 2015 Beatrice Garske worked as graduate assistant at Fraunhofer Center for Central and Eastern Europe with emphasis of work in technology transfer and research policy. In 2011 and 2014 she was awarded two scholarships by the German Academic Exchange Service for Go East Summer School of Sciences “Belarus – Geostrategic meaning, history and geography” at Federal University Baranovichi, Belarus and “Lake Baikal Summer School of Science” at the Biologic Institute of Federal University Irkutsk, Russia.

Beatrice Garske volunteers as spokesperson for the agricultural committee of Friends of the Earth Saxony and contributes as writer to the website on degrowth Wachstum im Wandel. As a board member of Ökolöwe – Environmental Association Leipzig she is involved in environment and sustainability topics on a local level, too.


  1. Landnutzungs- und düngungsbezogener Klimaschutz in europa- und völkerrechtlicher Perspektive, in: Zeitschrift für Umweltrecht 2018, No. 3 (with Felix Ekardt, Jutta Wieding and Jessica Stubenrauch) (in print).
  2. Ordnungsrechtliche Instrumente der Phosphor-Governance, in: Natur und Recht 2018 (with Caroline Douhaire and Felix Ekardt) (in print).
  3. Phosphorus Governance, in: Schnug, Ewald/de Kok, Luit (Ed.): Phosphorus 100 % Zero, Berlin 2016, p. 331–347 (with Felix Ekardt, Jessica Stubenrauch and Jutta Wieding).
  4. Die Reform der Gemeinsamen Agrarpolitik der Europäischen Union 2013 – Ein Schritt in Richtung nachhaltige Landwirtschaft? In: Garske, Beatrice/Hoffmann, Kristin: Die Gemeinsame Agrarpolitik nach der Reform 2013 – Endlich nachhaltig? Beiträge zum Europa- und Völkerrecht, No. 13, Halle (Saale) 2016.
  5. Die Diskussion um die Investor-Staat-Streitbeilegung im Kontext von TTIP, in: Ekardt, Felix/Unnerstall, Herwig/Garske, Beatrice (Hg.): Globalisierung, Freihandel, Umweltschutz in Zeiten von TTIP – Ökonomische, rechtliche und politische Perspektiven, Metropolis-Verlag, Marburg  2016, p. 93–134 (with Marc Schmid).
  6. Globalisierung, Freihandel, Umweltschutz – im Kontext von TTIP, in: Ekardt, Felix/Unnerstall, Herwig/Garske, Beatrice (Hg.): Globalisierung, Freihandel, Umweltschutz in Zeiten von TTIP – Ökonomische, rechtliche und politische Perspektiven, Metropolis-Verlag, Marburg  2016, p. 9–26 (with Felix Ekardt).
  7. Legal Instruments for Phosphorus Supply Security, in: Journal for Environmental and Planning Law 12/2015, p. 343–361 (with Felix Ekardt, Jessica Stubenrauch und Jutta Wieding).
  8. Landwirtschaftskonzept für Sachsen – BUNDposition, Dresden 2015 (with Felix Ekardt and Jessica Stubenrauch)
  9. Joint Implementation als Governance- und Rechtsproblem – Ein Beitrag zum internationalen Klimaschutzrecht und seinen ökonomischen Instrumenten nach Doha 2012 und Warschau 2013, in: Jahrbuch des Umwelt- und Technikrechts 2014, Band 127, Erich Schmidt Verlag, Berlin 2014, p. 101–131 (with Felix Ekardt).
  10. Joint Implementation – Ökonomische Instrumente und Technologiediffusion in Transformationsstaaten, Metropolis-Verlag, Marburg 2013.


  1. Governance Aspects of Soil-P-Management – Speech at BonaRes-Conference in Berlin (28.02.2018) (with Felix Ekardt and Jessica Stubenrauch)
  2. Animal Food, Land-Use Governance, and Phosphorus Governance – Speech at BonaRes-Conference in Berlin (28.02.2018) (with Felix Ekardt and Jessica Stubenrauch)
  3. Ökonomische Instrumente zur Verringerung von Produktion und Konsum tierischer Nahrungsmittel und ihre Wirkungen auf verschiedene Umweltprobleme – Speech at Conference on Sustainable Agriculture and Animal Based Products at Evangelische Akademie Wittenberg (22.04.2017) (with Jutta Wieding).
  4. Animal Food – Starting Point for Solving the Phosphorus Problem? – Speech at International Phosphorus Workshop, Science Campus Phosphorus Research Rostock (16.09.2016) (with Jutta Wieding).
  5. Demokratische und ökologische Fragen von privaten Investitionsschiedsgerichten und regulatorischer Kooperation – Speech at Conference on TTIP and the impact of freetrade on environment at Evangelische Akademie Wittenberg (09.04.2016).
  6. Tiere als Nahrungsmittel – Speech and discussion on  „Meat Atlas 2013“ for the Green Party district office Chemnitz (01.10.2015) and Anima e.V. in Dresden (06.12.2015).
  7. Freiwilligen-Management – Seminar for NGOs on Volunteer Management (within the Freiwilligen-Agentur-Leipzig e.V.) (once a year 2009, 2010 und 2011).