Environmental Law & Governance

Dr. Laura von Vittorelli

Senior Researcher

Special Expertise

  • German and European water law and politics
  • Biodiversity (agriculture, forest, conservation)
  • German, European and international energy and environmental law, comparative public law
  • Cross-sectional analysis and development of policy instruments

Professional Training and Career

  • Since 2021 Researcher at Oeko-Institute
  • 2020-2021 Environmental Lawyer at ClientEarth Germany
  • 2016-2020 Head of Water Policy for Friends of the Earth Germany
  • 2014-2016 Scholarship by the German Federal Environmental Foundation (DBU) to write my PhD on the Water Framework Directive. Research at Helmhotz Centre for Environmental Research (UFZ) with a stay at the Utrecht Centre for Water, Oceans and Sustainability Law. 2019 Juris Doctor
  • 2013-2014 Research assistant at the Helmholtz-Centre for Environmental Research (UFZ=
  • 2011-2013 Trainee Lawyer (Referendariat), working i.a. at the World Benk, Geulen & Klinger Rechtsanwälte and German Parliament. Second State Examination (bar exam) with honors
  • 2006-2011 Law in Heidelberg, Bologna, San Diego and Berlin (Humboldt). First State Examination with honors. Specialized in European and International Public Law as well as comparative public law

Language Skills

English, French, German


Dr. Laura von Vittorelli