Environmental Law & Governance

Andreas Hermann LL.M.

Senior Researcher

Special Expertise

A focal point of Andreas Hermann’s expertise is on technical environmental law at national and European level. Major aspects include the analysis, development and evaluation of instruments for environment-related steering of new technologies (nanotechnologies, CCS, genetic engineering) and the ongoing development of existing environmental legislation. Focal areas of research are the fields of chemicals law, energy and climate change mitigation, waste and materials cycling law, emission and ambient pollution control law and genetic engineering law. Andreas Hermann also carries out policy advisory work in Germany and abroad.

Key Projects

  • Nanotechnologies, the existing legal framework, the need for regulation and regulatory options at national and European level
  • CO2 capture and storage in power stations: legal evaluation, regulation, acceptance
  • Legal, infrastructural and political framework conditions for the use of hydrogen to power motor vehicles
  • The German Environmental Code – Stringent environmental standards, modern environmental law – for a progressive environmental code (www.umweltgesetzbuch.org)
  • Development of closed-loop materials and waste management policy towards a sustainable substance flow and resources policy, sub-project: "Identification of relevant substances and materials for a substance flow-oriented, resource-conserving waste management"
  • When Do Wastes Cease to Be Waste? – A Nordic Study through Interviews in Four Countries
  • Development of minimum standards and institutional framework conditions for the “appropriate control” of chemicals subject to authorization
  • Climate policy parameters for the amendment of the German Energy Conservation Act
  • Tightening the exposure limits for noise from civil jet planes, with particular attention to the relationship between noise and pollutant emissions from jet engines

Professional Training and Career

Andreas Hermann has longstanding experience in contributing to and leading interdisciplinary research and advisory projects (at national and international level).

He is a member of the following working groups, advisory bodies and organizations:

  • Member of the “European Chemicals Policy” working group of the 5th Lower Saxony Governmental Commission on “Environmental Policy in European Competition”
  • StEP-Initiative (= Solving the E-Waste Problem) by various stakeholders from UN organizations, research establishments and industrial enterprises (see: www.step-initiative.org)
  • Environmental Law Network International (elni) (www.elni.org)
  • Steering group of Forum Umweltrecht (Environmental law forum), a network of young environmental lawyers (see: www.forum-umweltrecht.org)
  • Verein für Umweltrecht (Association for environmental law)

Andreas Hermann also shares responsibility for the training of jurists in the Environmental Law & Governance Division

Educational and professional milestones

  • 2002-2012: Deputy Head of Environmental Law & Governance Division
  • Since 2001: Researcher at the Öko-Institut, Environmental Law & Governance Division
  • 1999-2000: Masters’ degree in Environmental Law at the University of Lüneburg; graduated with the title Magister Legum, masters’ thesis on energy law
  • 1997-1999: Postgraduate civil service training, Cottbus Regional Court; passed the Second State Examination for the legal profession after completing stations at the German University of Administrative Sciences, Speyer and at the Environment Ministry of the Land of Brandenburg (Nature Conservation Department), Potsdam
  • 1991-1996: Undergraduate studies in Jurisprudence in Saarbrücken and in Exeter (UK); passed the First State Examination for entry to the legal profession

Language Skills

English, Spanish


Andreas Hermann