Utrecht University School of Law

The research centre Water and Sustainability of the Utrecht University, Faculty of Law, Economics and Governance (REBO), consists of a group of researchers, specialized in international, European and Dutch Environmental and Water Law and Governance. The centre has a long lasting tradition of over thirty years of public and private legal and multidisciplinary research in environmental protection, land use planning, nature conservation, water management and adaptation to climate change. Since the 1980s the focus has always been on the relation between international, European law and national law as well as on the relation between environmental law and adjacent policy fields.

marleen_van_rijswickprof. dr. H.F.M.W. (Marleen) van Rijswick

Prof. Marleen van Rijswick is a specialist in European, administrative, environmental and water law. She holds an MA in Constitutional, administrative and environmental law (1989) and a PhD in Law (2001). Her PhD thesis dealt with the protection of water quality from a European and Dutch legal perspective. Currently she is Professor of European and Dutch water law at Utrecht University and chair of the research group ‘Water and Sustainability’. She participates in the Centre of Excellence ‘the Governance of Adaptation to Climate Change’ of the Dutch Knowledge for Climate Research Programme en is Member of the Malta Legal Forum on Adaptation to Climate Change. Additional positions are member of the Advisory Committee of the Dutch government on water law affairs, substitute judge in the Court of Den Bosch, and chair of the Dutch Environmental Law Association. She is member of the editorial board of several journals and book series and published many academic articles, books, volumes and book chapters.

Willemijn Hoekveld W.J. (Willemijn) van Doorn-Hoekveld

Willemijn van Doorn-Hoekveld holds an MA in Constitutional, administrative and environmental law and worked for 4 years as a legal consultant at the Dutch Ministry of Infrastructure and Environment/Rijkswaterstaat. She combined this position with her work at Utrecht University where she prepares a PhD thesis on the role of compensation regimes in four EU Member States in the implementation and effectiveness of transboundary river basin management plans with regard to flooding and water scarcity. She publishes in legal journals on water law and compensation regimes in the field of administrative law, spatial planning, infrastructure and water law.


HKH.K. (Herman Kasper) Gilissen 

Herman Kasper Gilissen holds an LLM (Utrecht University, 2008) and a PhD in Legal Research (Utrecht University, 2013), both within the field of Environmental Law. His thesis was about adaptation to climate change in Dutch water management. Currently, he works as a researcher at the Utrecht Centre for Water, Oceans and Sustainability Law. His research and interests focus on public values in water management, responsibilities and liability within the adaptation framework, developments in water and adaptation policy, the legal aspects of flood risk management, spatial planning aspects of water management, and developments in the so-called ‘waterketenbeheer’. He is also involved in academic courses on environmental law and on water law and policy.