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Professor Bernard Vanheusden:
CONTEMPORARY ISSUES IN INTERNATIONAL ENVIRONMENTAL LAW
An interview with an Associate Professor of Environmental Law, Law Faculty, Hasselt University (Belgium), Ph.D. in Law Bernard Vanheusden.

Professional Background:

   Bernard VanheusdenPh. D. in Law, Associate Professor of Environmental Law, Law Faculty, Hasselt University (Hasselt, Belgium). Holds a Bachelor’s degree in Philosophy from the University of Leuven (KU Leuven, Leuven, Belgium). Holds a Bachelor’s and a Master’s degree in Law (KU Leuven, Leuven, Belgium). Through the Erasmus exchange program for a year studied at the University of Bologna (Bologna, Italy). In 2007 defended a PhD thesis «Brownfields Redevelopment: naar een duurzame stadsontwikkeling. Rechtsvergelijkende analyse betreffende de sanering van sites» («Brownfields Redevelopment: towards a sustainable urban development. Comparative legal analysis concerning the remediation of sites»). An author of more than 90 scientific publications in Dutch and in English (including, a handbook on environmental law, research articles and journal country reports on Belgium). A scientific supervisor for Master and PhD research projects at the Hasselt University (Hasselt, Belgium). Co-founder of the European Environmental Law Forum (EELF) and a member of the Managing Board of the EELF. A member of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) World Commission on Environmental Law. A member of the Specialist Group on Sustainable Soil and Agricultural Systems within the IUCN World Commission on Environmental Law. Editor-in-Chief of the Belgian journal «Milieu– en Energierecht» («Environmental and Energy Law»). Associate editor of the «Journal for European Environmental and Planning Law» («JEEPL»). Working languages – Dutch, English, French, German, and Italian.

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