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.

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.

Courses

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. Lessons from law for the conceptualization of sustainable energy demo…

    Fleming, R., Huhta, K., & Reins, L. (2021). Lessons from law for the conceptualization of sustainable energy democracy. In R. Fleming, K. Huhta, & L. Reins (Eds.), Sustainable energy democracy and the law (pp. 303-311). (Legal Aspects of Sustainable Development; Vol. 26). Brill.
  2. Sustainable energy democracy and the law

    Fleming, R., Huhta, K., & Reins, L. (Eds.) (2021). Sustainable energy democracy and the law. (Legal Aspects of Sustainable Development; Vol. 26). Brill. https://brill.com/view/title/60361
  3. What is sustainable energy democracy in law?

    Fleming, R., Huhta, K., & Reins, L. (2021). What is sustainable energy democracy in law? In R. Fleming, K. Huhta, & L. Reins (Eds.), Sustainable energy democracy and the law (pp. 3-27). (Legal Aspects of Sustainable Development; Vol. 26). Brill.
  4. Local liability for global consequences? - Climate change litigation …

    Marien, L., & Reins, L. (2021). Local liability for global consequences? Climate change litigation in Belgium. In F. Sindico , & M. M. Mbengue (Eds.), Comparative climate change litigation: Beyond the usual suspects (pp. 427-454). (Ius Comparatum - Global Studies in Comparative Law; Vol. 47). Springer International Publishing.
  5. Regulating the production of shale gas

    Reins, L., & Ingelson, A. (2021). Regulating the production of shale gas. In M. Roggenkamp, K. de Graaf, & R. Fleming (Eds.), Energy law, climate change and the environment (pp. 313-325). (Elgar Encyclopedia of Environmental Law Series). Edward Elgar Publishing Limited.

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