About the conference

The 2017 annual European Environmental Law Forum conference will be organized as a joint effort of the European Environmental Law Forum (EELF), the Nordic Environmental Law, Governance & Science Network (NELN+), the University of Copenhagen (Faculty of Science) and Aarhus University (School of Law).

Sustainable management of natural resources

The Copenhagen conference is dedicated to the sustainable management of natural resources and the role of different legal approaches and instruments. Sustainable management of natural resources such as water, biodiversity and air remains a key concern at EU as well as national level. Despite the adoption of several EU directives such as the Habitats Directive (1992), the Air Quality Directive (1998), the Water Framework Directive (2000), and the Waste Framework Directive (2008) the environmental objectives have not been met and doubts can be raised whether they will ever be. Important questions relate to the appropriateness and effectiveness of various legal approaches and instruments – as well as the potential implementation deficits related to such instruments. The conference aims to highlight key legal issues related to existing legal approaches and instruments as well as possible improved solutions to ensure sustainable management of natural resources. Such legal issues can be related to e.g. the design as well as the implementation of various legal instruments and approaches at EU and national level.

Abstracts for presentations at the conference

The organizers are hereby inviting submission of abstracts for presentations at the conference. Presentations must fall within the overall conference theme and we in particular invite abstracts within the subthemes indicated below. Presentations should have a European perspective or relevance. We encourage senior as well as junior researchers, including PhD scholars, to submit abstracts. Practitioners and others are also welcome to submit abstracts.


  1. Water Management
  2. Biodiversity and Nature Management
  3. Air quality management
  4. Raw materials and waste management

Furthermore, abstracts are invited on the cross-cutting theme:

5. Ecological sustainability – fundamental questions and implications for environmental law and governance