Arie Trouwborst is Professor of Nature Conservation Law, interested in understanding and improving the contribution of international, European and national law to the conservation, restoration, and sustainable use of biodiversity. He received an LLM (2001) & PhD (2006) from Utrecht University, and authored various books and numerous journal articles on a range of legal instruments, countries, species and topics. Trouwborst frequently conducts advisory work for international entities (e.g., Convention on Migratory Species, Bern Convention, European Commission, IUCN), national governments and NGOs. Much of his current research concerns megafauna (large mammals). Recent publications address, e.g., wolf management; leopard trophy export quotas; rewilding; and conservation translocations. Trouwborst is an Extraordinary Professor at North-West University, South Africa, and a certified wildlife tracker (level Track & Sign III).
Trouwborst's expertise covers a range of legal regimes, including:
He has considerable affinity with the practice of (inter)national wildlife law and policy, and has been involved in the development of various resolutions, management/action plans, and species listing proposals. Trouwborst has received several grants and prizes, including VENI and VIDI grants from the Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research (NWO). He serves on the editorial boards of two journals on environmental and wildlife law, and is a member of various expert groups, including the IUCN Large Carnivore Initiative for Europe and the IUCN Cat Specialist Group.
Trouwborst has taught, designed and coordinated a variety of courses at Utrecht Law School, University College Utrecht, Tilburg Law School, and the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences (BOKU), Vienna. These range from introductory courses on international and European law to specialized courses on international wildlife law, international and European environmental law, international law of the sea, the sources of international law, and (Dutch) administrative environmental law. Trouwborst has guest-lectured in many law and biology curricula elsewhere. He has supervised 10 PhD students (from South Africa, Tanzania, Ethiopia, China, the Philippines, Belgium and the Netherlands). From 2021-2023 he was Academic Director of the LLM International and European Law.
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