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prof. dr. C.J. Bastmeijer

Full Professor 

Tilburg Law School
Public Law & Governance


Kees Bastmeijer is Professor of Nature Conservation and Water Law at Tilburg University (The Netherlands) and has been appointed as Visiting Professor at the School of Business, Economics and Law at the University of Gothenburg, Sweden (2016-19). His research focuses on the role of international, European, and domestic law in protecting nature. He has a special interest in the legal developments relating to the Polar Regions (the Antarctic and the Arctic). Because he has become increasingly aware of the limitations of law in reaching nature conservation objectives, he prefers to relates his legal research to research in other disciplines, including ecology, sociology, anthropology and economy. Research topics include protected areas in the Polar Regions, relationships between law and philosophical human-nature attitudes, property rights and nature, nature protection in the Arctic and the position of indigenous people, and the role of law in protecting wilderness (e.g., in relation to tourism).

Kees edited the book Wilderness Protection in Europe: the Role of International, European and National Law (Cambridge University Press, 2016), is co-editor with Prof. Timo Koivurova of Transboundary Environmental Impact Assessment: Theory and Practice (Brill/Martinus Nijhoff, 2008) and is author of The Antarctic Environmental Protocol and its Domestic Legal Implementation, (dissertation, Kluwer Law International, 2003). He is the author of numerous peer-reviewed journal articles and book chapters (see publication list below). 

Kees Bastmeijer has been appointed as arbitrator of the Permanent Court of Arbitration under the Protocol on Environmental Protection to the Antarctic Treaty. He is a member of the editorial boards of the Yearbook of Polar Law (Brill/Martinus Nijhoff) and of the Polar Journal (Taylor & Francis/Routledge). As an advisor to the Dutch government, Kees Bastmeijer has been participating in the Antarctic Treaty Consultative Meetings since 1992. He is member of the Dutch Polar Committee (NPC), the scientific committee that advises the Dutch Science Organisation (NWO). From 1 January 2014 to 1 September 2017, in parallel to his professorship, he has been the Program Director of Tilburg University?s Outreaching Honors Program. Since March 2017 he has been the Program Director for Sustainability of Tilburg University.


Principal publications

  • Kees Bastmeijer (ed.), Wilderness Protection in Europe. The Role of International, European and National Law, Cambridge University Press, 2016, 658 p.
  •   Kees Bastmeijer, Antarctica (a chapter on shared responsibility for cumulative environmental impacts in Antarctica), in: Andre Nollkaemper and Ilias Plakokefalos (eds), The Practice of Shared Responsibility in International Law (Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, 2017) 399-425
  •   Kees Bastmeijer, Ecological Restoration in International Biodiversity Law: A Promising Strategy to Address Our Failure to Prevent?, in: M.J.S. Bowman, P. Davies and E.J Goodwin, Research Handbook on Biodiversity and Law (Edgar Elgar, 2016) 387-413
  • Kees Bastmeijer, Intergenerational Equity and the Antarctic Treaty System: Continued Efforts to Prevent 'Mastery', in: Kamrul Hossain (special ed. Volume 3), 3 The Yearbook of Polar Law (Boston/Leiden: Brill/Martinus Nijhoff Publishers, 2011) 635 - 682
  • Kees Bastmeijer and Timo Koivurova (eds), Theory and Practice of Transboundary Environmental Impact Assessment, Brill/Martinus Nijhoff Publishers, Leiden/Boston, accepted as the first volume in a new series 'Legal Aspects of Sustainable Development' (General Editor David Freestone), November 2007, 419 pp.  

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Last amended: 14 September 2018