Research Unit Sustainability and Climate Policy
Prof. Dr. Felix Ekardt, LL.M., M.A.
During the last years, the Research Unit Sustainability and Climate Policy has done a lot of research on questions of phosphorus and scarcity of natural resources, as well as on land-use and climate change - from a transdisciplinary point of view. See, among other papers, here.
Since 2007, Felix Ekardt has given speeches and presentations on some 50 international conferences on questions of sustainability, climate change, justice, human rights, phosphorus scarcity, land-use, etc. For details and also for forthcoming speeches, see the list of presentations.
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.
For various reasons, a codification of environmental law – preferably rather on an European than on a national level – would make sense. The repeatedly failed German Environmental Code (UGB), however, was rather a paper tiger: Friendliness to investors and civil society; legal certainty; avoiding a race to the bottom concerning environmental standards; and thereby consolidated environmental protection had required three things: as many complete rules as possible; as least Länder-deviations as possible; and integration of as many parts of environmental law as possible. Neither the UGB nor some recently, instead of the UGB, created water and nature protection codes attain but one of these three objectives. The question ‘UGB or not UGB’ only had minor environmental relevance.