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Harro van Asselt

University of Eastern Finland Law School

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Harro van Asselt is Professor of Climate Law and Policy with the University of Eastern Finland (UEF) Law School, Visiting Research Fellow with the Copernicus Institute of Sustainable Development at Utrecht University, and Affiliated Researcher with the Stockholm Environment Institute. He is an expert on interactions between international climate governance and other fields of international governance. Before joining UEF, Harro worked at the Stockholm Environment Institute, the Environmental Change Institute of the University of Oxford, and the Institute for Environmental Studies at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. He is Editor of the Review of European, Comparative & International Environmental Law (RECIEL).

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Climate policy and politics Climate law and litigation Fossil fuels

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Asselt, Harro van & Kati Kulovesi (2017). Seizing the Opportunity: Fossil Fuel Subsidies under the UNFCCC. International Environmental Agreements: Politics, Law and Economics 17(3), 357–370.

Asselt, Harro van & Stefan Bößner (2016). The Shape of Things to Come: Global Climate Governance after Paris. Carbon and Climate Law Review 10(1), 46–61.

Asselt, Harro van & Tom Moerenhout (2020). Fit for Purpose? Toward Trade Rules that Support Fossil Fuel Subsidy Reform and the Clean Energy Transition. Copenhagen: Nordic Council of Ministers.

Asselt, Harro van (2014). The Fragmentation of Global Climate Governance: Consequences and Management of Regime Interactions. Cheltenham, UK: Edward Elgar.

Asselt, Harro van (2015). Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea: Enhancing Flexibility in International Climate Change Law. Netherlands Yearbook of International Law 46, 255–286.

Asselt, Harro van (2016). The Role of Non-State Actors in Reviewing Ambition, Implementation, and Compliance under the Paris Agreement. Climate Law 6(1–2), 91–108.

Asselt, Harro van, Romain Weikmans and J. Timmons Roberts (2017). Pocket Guide to Transparency under the UNFCCC. Oxford: European Capacity-Building Initiative.

Chan, Sander, Harro van Asselt, Thomas Hale, Kenneth W. Abbott, Marianne Beisheim, Matthew Hoffmann, Brendan Guy, Niklas Höhne, Angel Hsu, Philipp Pattberg, Pieter Pauw, Céline Ramstein & Oscar Widerberg (2015). Reinvigorating International Climate Policy: A Comprehensive Framework for Effective Nonstate Action. Global Policy 6(4), 466–473.

Chan, Sander, Robert Falkner, Matthew Goldberg & Harro van Asselt (2018). Effective and Geographically Balanced? An Output-based Assessment of Non-state Climate Actions. Climate Policy 18(1), 24–35.

Erickson, Peter, Harro van Asselt, Doug Koplow, Michael Lazarus, Peter Newell, Naomi Oreskes & Geoffrey Suppran (2020). Why Fossil Fuel Producer Subsidies Matter. Nature 578(7793), E1–E4.

Gupta, Aarti & Harro van Asselt (2019). Transparency in Multilateral Climate Negotiations: Furthering Accountability? Regulation & Governance 13(1), 18–34.

Jordan, Andrew J., Dave Huitema, Mikael Hildén, Harro van Asselt, Tim J. Rayner, Elin L. Boasson, Johanna Forster, Jonas Schoenefeld & Jale Tosun (2015). The Emergence of Polycentric Climate Governance and Its Future Prospects. Nature Climate Change 5(11), 977–982.

Jordan, Andrew, Dave Huitema, Harro van Asselt & Johanna Forster (Eds.) (2018). Governing Climate Change: Polycentricity in Action? Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press.

Lazarus, Michael & Harro van Asselt (2018). Fossil Fuel Supply and Climate Policy: Exploring the Road Less Taken. Climatic Change 150(1–2), 1–13.

Mehling, Michael, Harro van Asselt, Kasturi Das, Susanne Droege & Cleo Verkuijl (2019). Designing Border Carbon Adjustments for Enhanced Climate Action. American Journal of International Law 113(3), 433–481.

Piggot, Georgia, Peter Erickson, Harro van Asselt & Michael Lazarus (2018). Swimming Upstream: Addressing Fossil Fuel Production under the UNFCCC. Climate Policy 18(9), 1189–1202.

Skovgaard, Jakob & Harro van Asselt (Eds.) (2018). The Politics of Fossil Fuel Subsidies and Their Reform. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press.

Verkuijl, Cleo & Harro van Asselt (2019). Paris Rules? Environmental Policy & Law 49(1), 11–19.

Weikmans, Romain, Harro van Asselt & J. Timmons Roberts (2020). Transparency Requirements under the Paris Agreement and Their (Un)likely Impact on Strengthening the Ambition of Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs). Climate Policy 20(4), 511–526.