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dr. M.M.E. (Marlies) Hesselman

Assistant Professor International Law
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Ongoing projects:

ENGAGER COVID Energy Map (2020-present)

From 2020, I co-produced and managed the COVID-19 Global Energy Map: a unique evidenced-based global database of 380+ energy poverty laws and policies introduced in 120+ countries to ensure affordable and uninterupted household energy supplies during the crisis. It is a joint research effort under the EU ENGAGER network, funded by the EU Cooperation in Science and Technology (COST) scheme, led by myself, Anaïs Varo (University of Girona), Rachel Guyet (Centre International de Formation Européenne-CIFE), Harriet Thomson (University of Birmingham). See See also

ENLIGHT/DAAD Collaboration UG-Göttingen-Ghent (2022-2023)

With funding by ENLIGHT/DAAD we created an improved longitudinal data-set for the COVID-19 Map. This collaborative project consists of cooperation between researchers from the Law Faculty at UG (Hesselman), Economics Faculties at Göttingen (Zarzoso and Torres Munguía) and Ghent (Ruyssen). See:

Jean Monnet Module - Intensive Course Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna Pisa: European and International Human Rights Standards in Disaster Settings (2021-2023)

This is a three year summer school project on human rights and disasters led by Prof. Emanuele Sommario of Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna Pisa and funded through the Jean Monnet Programme of the EU. The school runs three times in Pisa in 2021, 2022 and 2023. I participate as key teaching staff. See:

ERASMUS+ cooperation UG- Mzumbe University Tanzania (2023-2024)

ERASMUS+ funds for cooperation with the School of Public Administration and Management and the Faculty of Law of Mzumbe University. With additional funding from the UG, two joint Summer Schools on "Global Governance of Health Vulnerabilities in Africa" will be held in Tanzania in 2023 and 2024. Total funding approx. 40.000 euro.

Finalised projects:

ENGAGER: 'European Energy Poverty: Agenda Co-Creation and Knowledge Innovation' (EU COST Action CA 16232: 2017-2022)

The EU COST Action ENGAGER - European Energy Poverty is a European-wide interdiscplinary network of scholars and practioners that jointly seek to define, understand and design effective policy action on the phenomenon of 'energy poverty' in Europe.  I was part of ENGAGER as co-lead of Working Group 3 on "Dialogues - Co-producing Emancipatory Research and Practice" with dr. Sergio Herrero Tirado (Autonomous University Barcelona), as Dutch Member of the Management Committee, and as Core Group member. ENGAGER was funded for 2017-2022 with a total budget of aprox. EUR 600.000. See     

Yearbook of International Disaster Law (2017-2023)

As founding co-editor of the new Yearbook of International Disaster Law (Brill Nijhoff Publishers), together with Giulio Bartolini, Dug Cubie, Jacqueline Peel and Anastasia Telesetsky, I was responsible for solliciting, reviewing and publishing input for the Yearbook, Volumes 1 to 4. YIDL aims to explore and establish the field of International Disaster Law as a new field of law, and functions as a hub for publications and academic exchange amongst the IDL community. The YIDL is supported with funding by the IFRC. See

Jean Monnet Project Disseminating Disaster Law for Europe (2019-2021)

Led by Roma Tre University (Bartolini), with support by University College Cork (Cubie), UG (Hesselman) and IFRC /Italian Red Cross. This project supported dissemination of academic knowledge, research and debate on the crucial implications of disaster law for European, international and national institutions and humanitarian activities of relevant stakeholders. The project included a main conference in Rome and three thematic meetings, as well as several online lectures. See:

International Conference:  The Right to Energy in Theory and Practice (University of Groningen, 8-9 January 2020)
Together with Anaïs Varo (University of Girona) I organized and hosted the first-ever two-day international disciplinary workshop on the "Right to Energy in Theory and Practice" at the Faculty of Law of the University of Groningen. It brought together over 50 academics and practioners from over Europe and beyond (Uganda, Taiwan, Australia) to discuss the content and practice of the right to energy. The workshop led to a podcast series, produced by EnACT.  

Workshop Series on 'International Law for the Sustainable Development Goals' (IL4SDGs) (2017-2018) Dr. Mando Rachovitsa and myself have been acting as lead-organizers for the Department's workshop series on International Law for the UN Sustainable Development Goals. This series consisted of eight international workshops on various SDG-themes put together through close collaborations with other colleagues of the Department, wider Faculty members, and other relevant partners. It led to an Open Access Special Journal Issue with Brill Open Law: An International Journal.     

2013-2014 Seminar Series on 'Human Rights for Essential Public Services Provision' and related book project
Jointly with colleagues Antenor Hallo de Wolf and Brigit Toebes, we set up and co-organized the first Seminar Series of the Department of International Law with seven themed international seminars/workshops, and a Call for Papers-based general meeting. This project culminated in the following edited volume:

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