Training course “German Environmental Law”

5-18 July 2018, Münster/Berlin, Germany

Jointly organized by…


Thursday, 5 July

Introduction to German environmental law: Historical development and current practical relevance, The constitutional frame of German environmental law, and The role of private law in environmental protection in Germany by Dr. Anne-Christin Gläß

Friday, 6 July

The influence of European Union law on German environmental law by Prof. Dr. Gerd Winter

The relationship between European Union law and German law: general remarks by Prof. Dr. Niels Petersen

Saturday, 7 July

Day trip to Bremen and Hamburg

Sunday, 8 July

Day trip to Amsterdam

Monday, 9 July

Protection from emissions: Scope of protection and instruments of emission control by Prof. Dr. Hans D. Jarass

Principles of German environmental law: Precaution & protection, “polluter pays”, burden-sharing, cooperation by Prof. Dr. Sabine Schlacke

Tuesday, 10 July

Access to remedies in administrative law: Individual actions, judicial review of norms, preliminary measures, Instruments of German environmental law, and Environmental law and climate change: Experience and prospects by Prof. Dr. Sabine Schlacke

Wednesday, 11 July

(Waste) water management and water pollution control by RA Dr. Peter Schütte

German Waste Management Regulation by Marina Alt

Thursday, 12 July

The German Law on Nature Conservation and Its Impact on the Planning of Infrastructure Projects by RA Prof. Dr. Martin Beckmann

Environmental Crimes in German environmental law by StA Dr. Tobias Engelstätter, BGH Karlsruhe

Friday, 13 July

Developments in international environmental law by Jasmin Raith, BMU

Visit of the German Parliament

Saturday, 14 July

Berlin tour

Sunday, 15 July

Visit of city of Hildesheim

Monday, 16 July

Discussion of open questions

Tuesday, 17 July

Judicial review by appeals courts: Scope and limitations

Case management and internal court procedures

Wednesday, 18 July

Welcome by the President of the Constitutional Court of Northrhine-Westphalia, Dr. Ricarda Brands and Introduction to the Administrative Court of Appeal Northrhine-Westphalia and guided tour

Reviewing the assessment of evidence by lower courts from a practitioner’s perspective

Common problems and experiences in judicial practice

Closing remarks and certificate awarding ceremony


From 5 – 18 July 2018, CPG and the Asian Governance Foundation (AGF) organized a full 10 days training course on “German Environmental Law” for 35 participants from the Office of Judiciary of Thailand in Münster and Berlin, Germany.

The course comprises lectures by qualified professionals and academic as well as visits to relevant judicial institutions. The participants learned about German and European Union legal principles as well as judicial practice concerning nature conservation and environmental protection and management.