Two Professors from Freie Universität Berlin Appointed to Federal Council of Environmental Advisors

Professor Miranda Schreurs and Professor Christian Calliess of Freie Universität Berlin have been appointed to the Council of Environmental Advisors of the German Federal Ministry for the Environment

№ 205/2008 from Jun 30, 2008

As of July 1, 2008, the researchers will advise the federal government in all environmental matters, submit expert opinions on current ecological themes, and develop comprehensive assessments of the environmental situation in Germany and Europe. The advisory council consists of seven members appointed for a four-year term.

Miranda Schreurs is a professor of comparative politics and director of the Environmental Policy Research Centre at Freie Universität Berlin. Prior to her appointment in 2007, she was at the University of Maryland. A native of the United States, Schreurs has also previously lived and worked in Japan, Germany, and the Netherlands. She has been a visiting researcher or professor at Harvard, Utrecht, Keio, Chuo, and Rikkyo universities. Her work focuses on comparative environmental politics and policy in Germany, Europe, U.S.A., Japan, China, and Korea.

Christian Calliess is a professor of law at Freie Universität Berlin. Until his appointment in 2007, he was at Göttingen University. A native of Düsseldorf, Calliess teaches courses on public law and European law. His research focuses on European, constitutional, and environmental law. Against this background, for example, Calliess drew attention to the fact that German regulations for implementation of guidelines reducing fine particulates do not correspond with the European standards. His publications include a fundamental volume called Rechtsstaat und Umweltstaat [Constitutional State and Environmental State]. In this book he examines the theory that there is an inherent contradiction between governmental environmental protection measures and the economic freedom guaranteed by constitutions.

Further Information

Please direct requests for additional information or interviews to:

Professor Miranda Schreurs
Environmental Policy Research Centre (FFU)
Freie Universität Berlin
Telephone: +49 (0)30 / 838 56654

Professor Christian Calliess
Department of Law
Freie Universität Berlin
Telephone: +49 (0)30 / 838 51456