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  • Senior Research Fellow, Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI)

Dr. Harro van Asselt is a Senior Research Fellow at the Stockholm Environment Institute’s (SEI) Oxford Centre and professor of climate law and policy at the University of Eastern Finland. He is currently leading SEI’s Initiative on Fossil Fuels and Climate Change.

Harro has previously been a Marie Curie fellow at the Environmental Change Institute at the University of Oxford (2010-2011), and a researcher at the Institute for Environmental Studies at the VU University Amsterdam (2002-2010). He was also a Visiting Associate at the Department of Value and Decision Science at the Tokyo Institute of Technology, Japan (2007), a Visiting Research Scholar at the Dean Rusk Center of the University of Georgia School of Law, United States (2008), and a Visiting Researcher with the Finnish Institute of International Affairs (2012).

His main research interests include:

  • International climate change law and policy
  • Trade and environment interactions
  • International environmental governance
  • The implementation of European environmental law and policy

Harro has published numerous book chapters and articles in peer-reviewed academic journals, and is co-editor of the book Climate Change Policy in the European Union: Confronting the Dilemmas of Mitigation and Adaptation? (Cambridge University Press, 2010). He is Editor of the Review of European, Comparative and International Environmental Law (RECIEL), and Associate Editor of the Carbon & Climate Law Review. He is member of the International Law Association, the International Studies Association, and the European Society of International Law.

His doctoral thesis, published in 2014 with Edward Elgar, examines the fragmentation of global climate change governance, in which he examines interactions between the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), the Kyoto Protocol and other international agreements, including the Convention on Biological Diversity and the agreements of the World Trade Organization.