Recent Publications and Speeches


Land Use, Livestock, Quantity Governance, and Economic Instruments

The production of animal food products is (besides fossil fuels) one of the most important noxae with regard to many of the environmental problems, such as climate change, biodiversity loss or globally disrupted nutrient cycles. This paper provides a qualitative governance analysis of which regulatory options there are to align livestock farming with the legally binding environmental objectives, in particular the Paris Agreement and the Convention on Biological Diversity: here.

Peatland Governance: New Perspectives on Regulatory Law and Economic Instruments

Paris targets imply that not only emissions from degraded peatlands have to be avoided, but conservation and rewetting of peatlands are also necessary to figure as sinks to compensate for unavoidable residual emissions. In the absence of an easily comprehensible control variable (such as fossil fuels), economic instruments reach their limits. This is remarkable in so far as economic instruments can otherwise handle governance problems and react to various behavioral motivational factors very well. Still, peatlands can be subject to certain regulations and prohibitions under command-and-control law even without precise knowledge of the emissions from peatland use: here.

Sustainability: Transformation, Governance, Ethics, Law - First Volume in our new Springer Nature Book Series on Environmental Humanities

From spring 2019 Felix Ekardt is 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 has been published now and provides an overview of the work of the FNK with completely new perspectives in sustainability research - and can be read with Springer Link: here.

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.

Sustainable Land Use, Soils, Phosphorus, Closed Nutrient Cycles, CAP 2020, Plastics: Law and Governance - Various New Articles

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 EU, the emerging economy of Costa Rica, and the developing country of Nicaragua are examined in various contributions 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 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. The same is true for agricultural subsidies policy: see here, here and here.

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Jessica Stubenrauch

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* Dr. agr. Dipl. Geogr. Dipl. Finw. Jessica Stubenrauch* is a member of the Research Unit Sustainability and Climate Policy since 2012. Her main focus within transformative governance research is on sustainable land use, which combines efficient agricultural production with the protection of natural resources such as soil, water, climate and biodiversity. In her dissertation in cooperation with the Leibniz ScienceCampus Phosphorus Research in Rostock, she focussed on sustainable Phosphorus Governance from a cross-national perspective between the industrial nation Germany/ the EU, the emerging economy Costa Rica and the developing country Nicaragua. Questions of sustainable land use, closing nutrient cycles and interlinked soil, climate and biodiversity protection were considered comparatively. Since March 2018, Jessica Stubenrauch is a research assistant in the collaborative research project InnoSoilPhos (Innovative solutions to sustainable Soil Phosphorus management). The research on effective policy instruments to implement sustainable agriculture systems with closed nutrient cycles is deepened. In addition to the national and European level, the international policy level is also increasingly taken into account. Apart from that, Jessica Stubenrauch is involved in policy consulting projects of the FNK in the field of governance research on plastics and geoengineering. As a member of the Friends of the Earth Germany and co-founder/ president of the Leipzig Food Policy Council, Jessica Stubenrauch is also engaged voluntarily in the field of environmental protection and the creation of sustainable agriculture systems. Interlinked topics such as effective climate protection and possibilities to steer the needed transition to a post-fossil society are also covered by her area of interest and are therefore also reflected in her voluntary work. She is vice-spokesperson of the working group on International Environmental Policy at Friends of the Earth Germany (BUND).


  1. Geoengineering and the Law: Human Rights, Precautionary Principle, Negative Emissions, SRM, and IPCC Scenarios; Global Sustainability, 2020, submitted (together with Jutta Wieding and Felix Ekardt)
  2. Kunststoffe in Umweltrecht und Umwelt-Governance auf europäischer und internationaler Ebene; Zeitschrift für Umwelt- und Planungsrecht, 2020, submitted (together with Beatrice Garske, Felix Ekardt, Carla Fee Weiße and Melanie Lorenz).
  3. Sustainable Phosphorus Management in European Agricultural and Environmental Law; RECIEL, 2020, in print (together with Beatrice Garske and Felix Ekardt).
  4. Phosphor-Governance in ländervergleichender Perspektive – Deutschland, Costa Rica, Nicaragua. Ein Beitrag zur Nachhaltigkeits- und Bodenschutzpolitik; Beiträge zur sozialwissenschaftlichen Nachhaltigkeitsforschung, Bd. 29, 2019, metropolis Verlag, Marburg.
  5. Landnutzung und Phosphor in der EU, Deutschland und Mittelamerika – rechtsvergleichende Perspektiven, Zeitschrift für Europäisches Umwelt- und Planungsrecht, 2018, 16 (3), 325-335, (together with Beatrice Garske and Felix Ekardt).
  6. Sustainable Land Use, Soil Protection and Phosphorus Management from a Cross-National Perspective, Sustainability, 2018, 10 (6), 1988, (together with Beatrice Garske and Felix Ekardt).
  7. Landnutzungs- und düngungsbezogener Klimaschutz in europa- und völkerrechtlicher Perspektive, Zeitschrift für Umweltrecht, 2018, 3, 143-154 (together with Felix Ekardt, Jutta Wieding and Beatrice Garske).
  8. Agriculture related Climate Policies – Law and Governance Issues, Carbon & Climate Law Review, 2018, 12 (4), 316-331 (together with Felix Ekardt, Jutta Wieding and Beatrice Garske).
  9. Phosphorus Governance, in: Schnug, Ewald/de Kok, Luit (ed.): Phosphorus 100 % Zero, Berlin 2016, 331-347 (together with Felix Ekardt, Beatrice Garske and Jutta Wieding).
  10. Legal Instruments for Phosphorus Supply Security, Journal for Environmental and Planning Law, 2015, 343-361 (together with Felix Ekardt, Beatrice Garske and Jutta Wieding).
  11. Schadstoffanreicherungen in Böden als Governance- und Rechtsproblem – das Beispiel Cadmium: Zugleich zu einigen Grundproblemen von Ordnungsrecht, JbUTR 2013, 173-187 (together with Felix Ekardt).
  12. Ein Menschenrecht auf Wasser, Zeitschrift für Umwelt- und Planungsrecht, 2010, 11, 521-542.


  1. European Environmental Law Forum, Utrecht, “Agriculture-related Climate Policies on EU and Global Level” (August 2019, together with Felix Ekardt)
  2. International Phosphorus-Workshop, Zürich, “Phosphorus-Governance from a Cross-National Perspective” (July 2019, together with Katharine Heyl)
  3. Wittenberg-Konferenz: Weniger und besser. Strategien zur Reduktion tierischer Nahrungsmittel, „EU versus Lateinamerika: Kann von Entwicklungsländern im Umgang mit tierischen Nahrungsmitteln gelernt werden?“ (April 2019)
  4. European Environmental Law Forum, Como, “No Net Loss for Biodiversity: Pricing Nature vs. Pricing Fossil Fuels” (September 2018, together with Felix Ekardt)
  5. Wittenberg-Konferenz: Offene Fragen einer nachhaltigen Landwirtschaft, „Landwirtschaft in Mittelamerika und Deutschland und ihre ordnungsrechtliche Regulierung im Vergleich“ (June 2018)
  6. 3rd European Sustainable Phosphorus Conference (ESPC 3), Helsinki, “Phosphorus Governance from a Cross-National Perspective” (June 2018)
  7. BonaRes-Konferenz, Berlin, „Governance Aspects of Soil-P-Management“, (April 2018, together with Felix Ekardt und Beatrice Garske)
  8. Wittenberg-Konferenz: Nachhaltige Landwirtschaft und die Zukunft tierischer Nahrungsmittel, „Völker- und europarechtliche Zielvorgaben zu einschlägigen Umweltproblemen (April 2017, together with Caroline Douhaire).
  9. Nitlapan-Workshop Universidad Centroamericana (UCA), Managua, „Fósforo y Uso de la Tierra - Posibilidades de crear una Agricultura Sostenible en el Futuro“ (December 2016)
  10. Kommission Bodenschutz, Impulsreferat: „Cadmium in Böden, Pflanzen und Nahrungsmitteln“ (March 2011)
  11. Public Climate School, Universität Halle – moderation of the discussion " Climate, Social Justice and Limits to Growth " focussing on: “How can one imagine social participation, labour market and pension system when the growth-driven society is relativized or even overcome for ecological reasons?“ (November 2019)
  12. Forum Ökologisch-Soziale Marktwirtschaft e.V. (FÖS), moderation of the workshop „Ökonomische Klimaschutz-Instrumente besser verstehen und kommunizieren. Im Dialog: Klimaschutz und Marktwirtschaft“ (November 2018)
  13. Forum Ernährungsrat Leipzig: Nach der Wahl – Agrarwende in Sachsen, „Zukunftsfähige Landwirtschaft – Maßnahmen für eine wirksame Agrarwende“ (Oktober 2019)
  14. Grüne Jugend Chemnitz, „Globalisierte Agrar-, Düngemittel- und Lebensmittelmärkte – Folgen für die Ernährungssouveränität und die Umwelt“ (July 2018)
  15. Ehrenamtliche Vorträge zum Plastikatlas, „Eine Welt voller Kunststoff“ (November and December 2019)
  16. Public lecture - Agraratlas, „Europäische Agrarpolitik verstehen und selbst aktiv werden“ (July und November 2019)
  17. Public lecture - Fleischatlas, „Umweltfolgen tierischer Nahrungsmittel, (July 2018 and April 2019)
  18. Public lecture - Globalisierungsatlas, „Daten und Fakten über die Agrar- und Lebensmittelindustrie“ (May and October 2018)