1992 …2020

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Personal profile

Research interests


Marjan Peeters holds the position of Extraordinary Professor of Environmental Policy and Law since 1 April 2008. She publishes on various topics of environmental law, with a special interest in legal aspects of climate change, regulatory instruments, and uncertain risks. Marjan has co-edited more than 6 books in the field of EU environmental and climate law, and she has supervised several PhD projects in this field. Marjan leads the courses “European Environmental Law” (master) and “International Environmental Law” (bachelor, contract course) at Maastricht University. Since February 2012 Marjan is connected for one day a week to the International Centre for Integrated Assessment and Sustainable Development (ICIS) at Maastricht University where she provides a law course in the master Sustainability Science and Policy. Marjan is also a member of the Maastricht Centre of European Law and the IUCN Academy of Environmental Law.


Past Experience

Between 1993 and 2002 Marjan gained practical experience as environmental lawyer at the Dutch Ministry of Water Management and Transportation. Before that she conducted a PhD study at Tilburg University (The Netherlands, 1988-1992) which concerned one of the first legal analyses of emissions trading in Europe. This much-debated instrument has become one of the core instruments of EU climate law.

From 2008 to 2013 Marjan was member to the governing council of the IUCN Academy of Environmental Law, in which she acted as the representative of member institutions in West Europe (www.iucnael.org). From 2009-2012 she was guest lecturer at the University of Liège, and from 2012-2014 she was International Guest Researcher at Leuphana University, Germany, where she contributed to the research project ENERGION which concentrates at the regional promotion of renewable energy, particularly storage of renewable electricity. Furthermore, from 2004-2010 she chaired the climate change working group of the Dutch Association of Environmental Law during which several conferences and books have been delivered.

Research Output

Case note (in Dutch) on: Air pollution in Germany: Coercive detention of administrators in case of refusal to enforce environmental law which originates from EU environmental law?

Peeters, M., 2020, In : Milieu & Recht. 2020, 2, (CJEU C 752/18; 19/12/19, ECLI ID: ECLI:EU:C:2019:1114).

Research output: Contribution to journalCase noteProfessional

The continued effort sharing approach in EU climate law: Binding targets, challenging enforcement?

Peeters, M. & Athanasiadou, N., 2020, In : Review of European Community and International Environmental Law. special issue article, p. 1-10 11 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Open Access

The European climate law: too much power for the Commission?

Peeters, M. & Chamon, M., 30 Mar 2020

Research output: Non-textual formWeb publication/siteAcademic

Open Access


  • 22 Talk or presentation
  • 2 Organizing or contributing to an event
  • 1 Membership of council

Panelist to: A Sustainable Pandemic. Trade-Off Between Climate & Recovery

Marjan Peeters (Speaker)

29 Aug 2020

Activity: Talk or presentation (speaker at event)Talk or presentationAcademic

The proposed EU climate law: towards climate neutrality in 2050

Marjan Peeters (Speaker)

23 Jun 2020

Activity: Talk or presentation (speaker at event)Talk or presentationAcademic

Interview BNR Nieuwsradio over de uitdagingen van het Europese Klimaatbeleid en -recht

Marjan Peeters (Speaker)

28 Jun 2019

Activity: Talk or presentation (speaker at event)Talk or presentationPopular

Minimising the impact of aviation emissions

Caroline Cauffman (Organiser), Marjan Peeters (Organiser) & Liesbeth Lijnzaad (Organiser)

21 Oct 201922 Oct 2019

Activity: Organizing, contributing or attending an eventOrganizing or contributing to an eventAcademic

Notifying new risks in view of freedom of expression: in search of a legal framework

Marjan Peeters (Speaker) & Mathias Müller (Speaker)

4 Jul 2018

Activity: Talk or presentation (speaker at event)Talk or presentationAcademic


Press / Media


Marjan Peeters


1 Media contribution

Press/Media: Expert CommentPopular