- Academic Director, IES-VUB
Sebastian Oberthür is the Academic Director of the Institute for European Studies at Vrije Universiteit Brussel (IES-VUB).
Since the end of 2005, Sebastian Oberthür is a member of the Compliance Committee of the Kyoto Protocol to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change. Since 2000, he has furthermore acted as a special policy advisor on international climate policy to the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Protection and Nuclear Safety. Since 1996, he has also been an appointed member and representative of the International Council of Environmental Law (ICEL).
From 2005 to 2007, Sebastian Oberthür served as a member of the Scientific Steering Committee of the Institutional Dimensions of Global Environmental Change (IDGEC) project of the International Human Dimensions Programme (IHDP).
Sebastian trained as a political scientist with a strong background in international law, he focuses on issues of international and European environmental governance, with an emphasis on institutional issues and perspectives. His current research interests extend to the horizontal and vertical integration of international institutions and policies relevant to the environment, including the interplay between environmental agreements/institutions and other policies, such as trade and transport.