Environmental Law & Governance

Dr. Sophie Justen


Special Expertise

  • Legal analysis
  • Main research areas: Energy and climate protection law, European and national environmental law, planning law

Key Projects

  • Legal support for implementation of the new EU climate target and further development of climate protection law (for BMWK)
  • Balancing of greenhouse gases in new and expansion projects for rail infrastructure (for DZSF at EBA)
  • Analysing energy poverty and developing measures to combat energy poverty in the building and heating sector (for BMWK)

Professional Training and Career

  • Since 2024 Researcher at Oeko-Institut
  • 2021–2024 Judge at the Administrative Court of Leipzig
  • 2021 Lawyer, law firm Füßer & Kollegen, Leipzig
  • 2018–2020 Legal clerkship with stations at Leipzig Regional Court, Leipzig District Court, Leipzig Social Court, law firm Hecker Werner Himmelreich (Leipzig), Freiburg Administrative Court; graduation: 2nd state examination in law
  • 2013–2016 Researcher at the Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research – UFZ, Leipzig
  • 2013–2018 PhD, University of Leipzig, dissertation on "Land consolidation planning and ecosystem protection as a legal and governance problem"
  • 2007–2013 Law studies at the University of Freiburg, Freiburg im Breisgau; year abroad at the University of Oviedo, Spain; degree: 1st state examination in law; specialisation: environment and economy

Language Skills

  • English
  • Spanish
  • French


Dr. Sophie Justen