Research Activities

Research activities


A major focus of the research of the department is situated in the maritime field and Law of the Sea, which takes place in the Maritime Institute. Research in international and European environmental law/international and European biodiversity law includes the protection of fresh water, climate change, biodiversity and nature conservation, compliance with MEA and sustainable development. Recent research activities also include subjects such as International Environmental Governance, the protection of ecological refugees and the human right to water from a water law perspective. There are bilateral collaboration agreement with the University of Wuhan (China) (see supra) and with the  Centre for Advanced Studies in Environmental Law and Policy (CASELAP) at the University of Nairobi.
The following PhDs were recently obtained by members of the Centre in the field of international environmental law:

  • Nils Goetyn: “Decision-making, compliance and international environmental governance: a legal analysis” - Ghent University (2012).
  • Jimena Murillo Chavarro  (Columbia): “The human right to water: a legal comparative perspective at the international, regional and domestic level”  - Ghent University (2014).
  • Ping Chen (China): “A comparative legal study of emissions trading systems in the EU and in China” - Ghent University (2014).
  • Nicole de Moor, “International Migration and Environmental Change: Legal Frameworks for International Adaptive Migration” – Ghent University (2014).
  • Miao He (China), “A Human Rights-Based Approach to Conserve Protected Areas in China: Lessons from Europe” – Ghent University (2014).