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Bio

In 2017, Leonie joined Tilburg Law School as an Assistant Professor at the Tilburg Institute for Law, Technology and Society (TILT).

Prior to joining TILT, she worked as a PhD Candidate and then as a Post-Doctoral Researcher at KU Leuven (Belgium). Her research project on "the coherent regulation on energy and environment - using shale gas as a case study", was financed by the Research Foundation Flanders (FWO). In addition Leonie worked as Legal Advisor at a Brussels-based environmental law and policy consultancy, where she was involved in projects relating to environmental, energy and climate change law and policy. Leonie holds and LL.M. in International, European and Comparative Energy and Environmental Law. She has been part of, and managed, several complex multi-country legal and policy studies for the European Institutions. These projects dealt with a range of topics, such as the precautionary principle and risk management, unconventional gas and environmental claims.

Expertise

Dr. Leonie Reins is Assistant Professor at the Tilburg Institute for Law, Technology, and Society (TILT), Tilburg Law School (the Netherlands).


Leonie's research focuses on the intersections of energy and environmental law. She is particularly interested in the regulation of new technologies that are capable of mitigating, or providing means of adaptation to, global problems such as climate change and the associated risks and uncertainty that manifest themselves at the local level. Within this field, she focuses on the regulation of new technologies and developments such as CCS, nanotechnology, shale gas and the emergence of energy prosumers. Regulatory approaches towards risk and risk management also play an important role in her work. Leonie's work further addresses the way in which regulators balance environmental protection and climate change mitigation and adaptation with other objectives, such as energy supply security, and energy efficiency.

Teaching

Leonie Reins teaches in the course on Regulation: Ethics, Acceptance, Legitimacy in the Law and Technology Master, as well as in the course Regulation, Technology and Society in the Global Law Bachelor.

Collaboration

09.2017 - present            Member of the European Law and Techology Network

08.2015 - present            Member of the IUCN World Commission on Environmental Law

10.2013 - present            Member of the European Environmental Law Form

09.2015 - present            Senior Member of the Leuven Centre for Global Governance Studies

08.2015 - present            Member of the IUCN World Commission on Environmental Law Early Career Group

11.2015 - present            Member of the Environmental Law Network International (elni) 

04.2012 - present           Legal and Policy Advisor NGO CEID Colombia (Center for Susta

Recent publications

  1. System boundaries of nearly zero-energy buildings in the European Uni…

    Penttinen, S-L., & Reins, L. (2019). System boundaries of nearly zero-energy buildings in the European Union: Rethinking the legal framework for active consumer participation. Journal of Energy and Natural Resources Law, 37(3).
  2. The European Union's framework for FDI screening - Towards an ever mo…

    Reins, L. (2019). The European Union's framework for FDI screening: Towards an ever more growing competence over energy policy. Energy Policy, 128(May 2019), 665-672.
  3. Co-producing European knowledge and publics amidst controversy - The …

    Lis, A., Kama, K., & Reins, L. (2019). Co-producing European knowledge and publics amidst controversy: The EU expert network on unconventional hydrocarbons. Science and Public Policy, 26(1), 1-11.
  4. Concluding observations - The regulation of technology—what lies ahea…

    Reins, L. (2019). Concluding observations: The regulation of technology—what lies ahead—and where do we want to end up? In L. Reins (Ed.), Regulating new technologies in uncertain times (pp. 309-313). (Information Technology and Law Series; Vol. 2019, No. 32). T.M.C. Asser Press | Springer.
  5. Fracking, sovereignty over natural resources and international invest…

    Reins, L., Geraets, D., & Schomerus, T. (2019). Fracking, sovereignty over natural resources and international investment law. In M. Bungenberg, M. Krajewski, C. J. Tams, J. P. Terhechte, & A. R. Ziegler (Eds.), European yearbook of international economic law 2018 (pp. 175-201). (European Yearbook of International Economic Law; Vol. 2019, No. 9). Springer Press.

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