Prof. Ernst Ulrich von Weizaecker, PhD (Co-President of the Club of Rome, Member & Past Co-Chair, International Resource Panel)
‚Environmental tax reform dynamics’
Earlier stations: Professor of Biology, University President, Director, UN Centre for Science and Technology for Development, New York, Director, Institute for European Environmental Policy, President, Wuppertal Institute for Climate, Environment, Energy. 1998-2005 MP, Germany, Chair of the Bundestag Environment Committee. Dean, Bren School for Environmental Science and Management, UC Santa Barbara, California. Publications: 1994 Earth Politics. 1997 Factor Four (w/ A & H Lovins). 2010, Factor Five (w/ K. Hargroves et al).
Prof. Michael Faure (Maastricht, Rotterdam, China University of Political Science and Law (Beijing), Royal Dutch Academy of Science)
‚Smart instrument mixes in a greening economy’
Prof. Dr. Michael G. Faure LL.M. became academic director of the Maastricht European institute for transnational legal research (METRO) and professor of Comparative and International Environmental Law at the law faculty of Maastricht University in September 1991. He still holds both positions today.
In addition, he is academic director of the Ius Commune Research School and member of the board of directors of Ectil. Since the first of February 2008, he is half time professor of comparative private law and economics at the Rotterdam Insitute of Law & Economics (RILE) of the Erasmus University in Rotterdam and academic director of the European Doctorate in Law and Economics (EDLE) programme.
Since 1982 he is equally attorney at the Antwerp Bar.
He publishes in the areas of environmental (criminal) law, tort and insurance and economic analysis of (accident) law.
Prof. Xavier Labandeira, (EUI Florence)
‚Climate change and instrument mixes’ (tentative topic)
Xavier Labandeira is Professor in the Department of Applied Economics at the University of Vigo where he teaches public and environmental economics and coordinated the Master’s degree in Management of Sustainable Development until 2014. He also holds a position as professor (part-time) at the European University Institute, in Florence, where he is the director of the Florence School of Regulation-Climate. Labandeira is also the director of Economics for Energy, a private research center that specializes in the analysis of energy issues and aims to create and transmit rigorous, neutral and useful knowledge to the different agents of Spanish society. Moreover, he coordinates Ergon, a research consortium exploring in depth the economic aspects of energy efficiency. Ergon constitutes one of the major collaborative initiatives of Economics for Energy.
Labandeira’s research lies at the boundaries between public, energy and environmental economics and his work has been published in the leading academic journals. He has been a lead author of the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change for the elaboration of its Fifth Assessment Report (released in April 2014).
Dr. Dirk Buschle, (Deputy Head of the Energy Community Secretariat)
‚European Energy taxes and the Energy Community’ (tentative topic)
Dirk Buschle has been Deputy Director of the Energy Community Secretariat since 2011 and has led its legal unit since 2007. He is in charge of ensuring implementation of European energy lawin the countries of the Energy Community. He is also in charge of dispute resolution and negotiations and has acted as mediator in high-profile investor-state conflicts in the energy sector. Prior to his current position, Dirk was Head of Cabinet of the President of the Court of Justice of the European Free Trade Association (EFTA) in Luxembourg.
Dirk Buschle graduated from Constance University, Germany, and earned his Ph.D. at St. Gallen University in Switzerland. He has widely published in different areas of European Law, speaks regularly at conferences and has lectured at Universities of Reykjavik, Constance and St. Gallen as visiting professor. He co-chairs the annual Vienna Energy Law Forum.
Michael A. Mehling (Center for Energy and Environmental Policy Research at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology)
‚Linking of Emissions Trading Systems'
Michael Mehling is Executive Director of the Center for Energy and Environmental Policy Research at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), where he helps coordinate research across MIT on policy implications of energy, climate change, and the environment. He simultaneously holds appointments as a Research Scientist with the MIT Energy Initiative (MITEI), and as a Visiting Professor with the University of Strathclyde. Previously, he was President of the Ecologic Institute in Washington DC, an environmental think tank with partner offices in Berlin and Brussels, and held research and teaching posts at Georgetown University and the Universities of Greifswald, Helsinki and Constance. He also is the founding editor of the Carbon & Climate Law Review, the first academic journal focused on legal aspects of climate change, and contributed to the Fifth Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). Trained as an attorney. Michael focuses on legal and institutional aspects of environmental policy, energy policy, and their overlap with finance and trade, and has served as an advisor on these issues to international organizations and government agencies in Europe, North America, and the developing world.
Erik Bruinsma (Deputy Head of Department, Dutch Ministry of Finance)
‚Environmental taxation in the Netherlands''
Erik Bruinsma is deputy Director in the Ministry of Finance of the Netherlands. From 1 May 2014 he is responsible for tax policy and legislation in the field of excise duties, car and environment taxation and advisor on these issues to the Minister and the Secretary of State. After four years of experience in the Permanent Representation of the Netherlands to the EU in Brussels, Erik Bruinsma started working in the Ministry of Finance in 2006 as senior expert on EU Tax Law. He has several years of experience on European law issues concerning consumer taxation, VAT, car taxation and excise duties. Furthermore he has been coordinator of the yearly tax plan and head of the unit procedural tax law.
Erik Bruinsma has studied European Law and Modern History in Amsterdam, Leiden and Berlin and lives in Amsterdam.
Prof. Mikael Skou Andersen (Aarhus University)
‘After Paris: towards policy instrument innovations in the framework of climate policy''
Professor Mikael Skou Andersen of Aarhus University’s Department of Environmental Science is a Danish academic in the field of comparative environmental politics and economics, with a track record of research on environmental taxation in particular. Mikael Skou Andersen’s research has frequently been interdisciplinary, connecting policy, law and economics with insights and models from the natural sciences and engineering, aiming to inform policy making. Publications include Governance by green taxes (1994); Market-based instruments for environmental management (2000); Carbon-energy taxation (2009); Handbook of research on environmental taxation (2012). Mikael Skou Andersen is member of the Scientific Committee of the European Environment Agency (EEA).
Aik Hoe Lim (Director, Trade and Environment Division World Trade Organization)
Aik Hoe Lim is currently Director of the Trade and Environment Division at the World Trade Organization and is in charge of its work on environment -related matters , as well as on the Agreement on Technical Barriers to Trade. He joined the organization in 1999 and has since has held many different positions in the organization. He has been Counsellor in the Cabinet of two WTO Director-Generals (2001-2005), Adviser to the Director General’s Consultative Group on "The Future of the WTO”, Secretary to WTO committees, working groups and negotiating bodies in the area of services trade, as well as focal point for WTO-UN and parliamentary relations. Before joining the WTO , he was a Senior Economic Affairs Officer at the G-15 , Urban Habitat/Employment Specialist at the International Labour Organization and a Chartered Surveyor in the field of urban environmental regeneration. His recent publications include the book "WTO Domestic Regulation and Services Trade: Putting principles into practice" released by Cambridge University Press in 2014.
Kurt van Dender (OECD Senior Tax Economist, Head of Unit Centre for Tax Policy and Administration)
Kurt Van Dender leads the Tax and Environment Unit, housed in the Tax Policy and Statistics Division of the OECD’s Centre for Tax Policy and Administration, since 2013. Before taking up that role, he was Chief Economist at the International Transport Forum and Assistant and Associate Professor of Economics at the University of California at Irvine. He also worked as a researcher at the University of Leuven (Belgium), where he obtained his Ph.D. with a dissertation on the economics of road pricing.
Kurt’s work focusses on the analysis of policies to alleviate negative side effects from energy use and from transportation activity. Tax instruments and carbon pricing, and their interactions with tax systems and other environmental policies, are a particular topic of interest. His work is published in leading academic journals, he is the lead author of several reports published by the International Transport Forum, and a co-author of OECD work on the taxation of energy use and on carbon pricing. He is a frequent advisor to policy-makers, he often speaks at research and policy conferences and meetings, and has organised or co-organised several such events.
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