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EU Environmental Law and the Internal Market

This is a thought-provoking book in which Nicolas de Sadeleer succeeds in setting out and analyzing the relevant law on the environment and the internal market in a clear and accessible manner, while at the same time addressing difficult issues relating to conflict in implementation. This scholarly and comprehensive work not only identifies and addresses these issues at the heart of the EU, but also proposes solutions both legal and practical. Anne-Michelle Slater, Environmental Law Review


Nicolas de Sadeleer is professor of law in Saint-Louis University (Brussels), Academy of Louvain and guest professor in UCL and Paris II Panthéon-Assas. Being based in Brussels, he is taking an active part in debates on EU legal and institutional issues. Besides, he has been teaching law in French, English and Spanish in universities in Belgium (FUSL, UCL, VUB), Norway (Oslo), France (Paris I, Paris II, Paris XI, Lille Charles de Gaulle, Bordeaux IV, and Nantes), Spain (Bilbao), Peru (Pontifica Universidad Catolica del Peru), Thailand (AIT), and China (Wuhan, Guangzhou). He was the recipient of a EU Marie Curie chair on risk assessment and risk management which was established at the law faculty of the University of Oslo from 2004 to 2005.

In addition, Nicolas de Sadeleer has advised for more than twenty years both international and national authorities on a wide range of environmental issues. He has also been working for different law and consultancy firms.

Recent Articles


Excise Duty on Beverage Packaging Case Note. CJEU  Preliminary Ruling – Excise Duty on Certain Beverage Packaging: Case C-198/14 (Valev Visnapuu), 25 (2) 2016  RECIEL 261-267. Nicolas de Sadeleer “Scrap Metal Intended for Metal Production: The Thin Read more…


Sustainable Dev. in EU Law ‘Sustainable Development in EU Law. Still a Long Way to Go’, in Jindal Global Law Review. Special Issue on Environmental Law and Governance (2015) 6(1), 39-60.


Principle of Subsidiarity “Principle of Subsidiarity and the EU Environmental Policy”, JEEPL, vol. 9, n° 1 (2012) 63-70. Droit “Particularités de la subsidiarité dans le domaine de l’environnement”, Droit et Société,80/2012, pp. 73-92.


WTO law The precautionary principle in WTO Law’, in L. Krämer and Orlando (eds.), Principles of Environmental Law, Elgar Encyclopedia of Environmental Law, World Academy (EE, 2018) 599-610. UNECE Convention N. de Sadeleer and M. Abbas Read more…


Envt. Liability ‘Preliminary Reference on Environmental Liability and the Polluter Pays Principle: Case C-534/13, Fipa’, RECIEL 24 (2) 2015, p. 232-235. Polluter-pays Principle in EU Law “The Polluter-pays Principle in EU Law – Bold Case Law and Read more…


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Education & Curriculum Vitae
  • LLM in law, Université catholique de Louvain law school. 1987.
  • Ph.D. Saint Louis University. 1998.