prof. mr. dr. F.A. Nelissen
Professor Frans Nelissen is Professor of International Environmental Law at the University of Groningen since 1999. He studied Dutch and International Law at the University of Leiden. Between 1985 and 1997 he was a Lecturer in International Law at the University of Groningen, specialising in International Environmental Law and the Law of the Sea. In 1990 he was Visiting Research Fellow at the University of Virginia Law School, Dept. of Oceans Law and Policy. During 1992-1993 and 1995 he was coordinator of the bilateral Cupertino scheme between universities in The Netherlands and universities in Argentina and gave guest lectures in Mar del Plata (Argentina). His publications are in the fields of aspects of Aruban and Namibian independence, the Law of the Sea and International Environmental Law. In 1997 he was awarded his doctorate cum laude for a dissertation on 'Rights and obligations of states with respect to ships and shipwrecks which pose a danger to the environment'. In 1998 he was appointed as Deputy Director and in 1999 Director-General of the renowned T.M.C. Asser Institute on International Law in The Hague. Lately he has served as Legal counsel to several governments of Eastern European Countries.
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