Keynote 25th Anniversary TILT in October by Jonathan Verschuuren

Date: Time: 16:00 Location: Blackbox, Esplanade building

The Tilburg Institute for Law, Technology, and Society (TILT) conducts teaching and research into the regulation of technologies and technology-related societal innovation. TILT is a prominent player on the national as well as the international level when it comes to research and education in this particular area. TILT is celebrating its 25th anniversary with a year full of keynotes, workshops and events. Every month will be devoted to a different theme, such as cybercrime, e-health, privacy and climate change.

Click here if you would like to find out about the theme of each month and the programming committee.

Keynote of the month

Each Month, an Internationally Renowned Professor Stays with Us and Gives a Keynote. Click here if you would like to find out more about the visiting professors in 2019.The visiting professor in October will be Francesco Sindico. He will give the public lecture on the 22nd of October. The keynote lecture in October will be given by Jonathan Verschuuren. Please find the bio and abstract of Jonathan Verschuuren below:


Jonathan Verschuuren's research mainly focuses on the role of international and EU environmental law in legal practice. Current research focuses on climate change, particularly adaptation. As of 2015, Verschuuren primarily researches the impact of climate change on agriculture and vice versa, particularly with a view to developing a regulatory framework for climate smart agriculture. In 2015, he was awarded a two year Marie Sklodowska Curie Global Fellowship on this topic.


"Achieving food security under climate change: regulatory challenges ahead!"

Between now and 2050, there will be a sharp increase in the demand of agricultural products due to an increase of the world’s population, the rise in global calorie intake due to greater affluence, and the production of bio-fuels. The increase in agricultural production will be accompanied by an increase in the emission of greenhouse gasses. Agriculture is responsible for more than 25% of global greenhouse emissions. Agriculture is not only a major cause of climate change but in many regions of the world, it is also seriously impacted by climate change. In many regions, yields will be negatively affected because of shifts in water availability, temperature shifts, and changes in the occurrence of pests. Policy documents, mostly by international institutions, have endorsed climate smart agriculture as a means to achieve the production growth that is needed to achieve food security needs, while at the same time reducing the emission of greenhouse gasses and adapting the agricultural sector to the changing climate.

Despite numerous interesting experiments in such countries as Australia, the United States and several EU member states, it is as yet unclear through what legal mechanism the necessary deep and full transition of the world’s agriculture sector can be achieved. Jonathan Verschuuren has been involved in several research projects, funded both by the EU and the Netherlands Research Council, that aim to develop the required regulatory framework to achieve such an ambitious goal. He presents some of his preliminary findings and discusses the challenges that are ahead of us.


15.45-16.00 - Coffee/tea
16.00-16.05 - Opening/Introduction
16.05-17.00 - Keynote
17.00-17.30 - Q&A
17.30-18.30 – Drinks in Esplanade