Faculty of Law

Seminar: Climate smart agriculture and Australia’s Carbon Farming Initiative/Emissions Reduction Fund


Professor of international and European environmental law to discuss climate smart agriculture.

Start Date

21st Jul 2016 1:00pm

End Date

21st Jul 2016 2:00pm

RSVP / Contact Information

Please RSVP for catering purposes to: Law.Secretary@utas.edu.au by Tuesday 19th of July 2016.

Prof Jonathan Verschuuren

Professor of international and European environmental law, Tilburg University (Netherlands)

Agriculture contributes to 25% of global greenhouse gas emissions. Yet, this sector has not been touched by international or domestic climate policies. At the same time, we are witnessing a sharp rise in the demand for food, which is likely to drive emissions up. 'Climate smart agriculture' is generally seen as the way forward. How can law stimulate farmers to convert from conventional farming to climate smart farming, and does Australia's Carbon Farming Initiative/Emissions Reduction Fund offer inspiration?

Jonathan currently is a research fellow under the prestigious EU Marie Sklodowska-Curie fellowship programme and, as such, temporarily based at the Australian Centre for Climate and Environmental Law in Sydney. His research focuses on the role of international and EU environmental law in legal practice, on such issues as biodiversity conservation and climate change. He wrote more than 300 publications in the field of environmental law, including several books.  Some of his recent publications include Research Handbook on Climate Change Adaptation Law (Edward Elgar 2013) and 'Hydraulic fracturing and environmental concerns: The role of local government' Journal of Environmental Law (2015).