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prof. dr. C.J. Bastmeijer

Full Professor 

Tilburg Law School
Department European and International Public Law


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 relates his research more and more to knowledge and 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, and the role of law in protecting wilderness.

Kees Bastmeijer is the author of The Antarctic Environmental Protocol and its Domestic Legal Implementation, (dissertation, The Hague: Kluwer Law International, 2003), and co-editor with Prof. Timo Koivurova of Transboundary Environmental Impact Assessment: Theory and Practice (Leiden: Brill/Martinus Nijhoff, 2008). More recently he edited the book Wilderness Protection in Europe: the Role of International, European and National Law, Cambridge University Press (Cambridge, 2016). He is the author of numerous peer-reviewed journal articles and book chapters (see publication list below). 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). He is Member of the Humanities and Social Sciences Expert Group of the Scientific Committee for Antarctic Research. As an advisor to the Dutch government, Kees Bastmeijer has been participating in the Antarctic Treaty Consultative Meetings since 1992. He is also member of the Dutch Polar Committee (NPC), the scientific committee that advises the Dutch Science Organisation (NWO).Kees has been a board member of Birdlife The Netherlands for 7,5 years and IUCN Netherlands Committee for 8 years. Since 1 January 2014, in parallel to his professorship, he has been the Program Director of Tilburg University?s Outreaching Honors Program.


Principal publications

  • Kees Bastmeijer (ed.), Wilderness Protection in Europe. The Role of International, European and National Law, Cambridge University Press, 2016
  • Kees Bastmeijer, Shared Responsibility for Cumulative Environmental Impacts in Antarctica, in: Andre Nollkaemper, The Practice of Shared Responsibility, Volume II (Law of the Sea and Environmental law), Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, 2017 (forthcoming);  
  • 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
  • Kees Bastmeijer, Intergenerational Equity and the Antarctic Treaty System: Continued Efforts to Prevent 'Mastery', in: Gudmundur Alfredsson, Timo Koivurova (eds in chief) and Kamrul Hossain (special ed. Volume 3), 3 The Yearbook of Polar Law, Boston/Leiden: Brill/Martinus Nijhoff Publishers, 2011, pp. 635 - 682, also available at
  • 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: 16 December 2016