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dhr. mr. dr. R.J.M. (René) Lefeber

Internationaal milieurecht
  • Faculteit der Rechtsgeleerdheid
  • Bezoekadres
    Oudemanhuispoort 4-6  Amsterdam
  • Postadres:
    Oudemanhuispoort  4-6
    1012 CN  Amsterdam


René Lefeber focuses in his research on liability for environmental damage, compliance with international environmental law and the sustainable management of international areas.

The main environmental aspects of his research are climate change and the use of advanced technologies. During his career, he has gained extensive international practical experience as a chairman of multilateral negotiations on damage caused by biotechnology, and by his memberships of international committees that have been established to secure compliance with multilateral environmental agreements as well as by his representation of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in intergovernmental negotiations on the management of international areas.

Curriculum vitae

René Lefeber studied at Leiden University andreceived his doctorate in law in 1996 for his thesis entitled   Transboundary Environmental Interference and the Origin of State Liability   at the University of Amsterdam .

Since 2000, René Lefeber works as legal counsel at the International Law Division of the Directorate of Legal Affairs of the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs. René Lefeber advises the Netherlands Government on international law, including international environmental law, and represents the Kingdom of the Netherlands in intergovernmental negotiations as well as national and international judicial procedures.
From 1994 until 2000, he worked as legal officer for the Ministry of Housing, Spatial Planning and the Environment and the Ministry of Economic Affairs.  Before he joined those Ministries, he worked as a lecturer in the field of Law of International Organizations at Leiden University and in the field of International Law at the University of Amsterdam. 
René Lefeber has been Professor of International Environmental Law at ACELS since 2008. He has been a visiting professor at the University of London (1993-2004), the United Nations University (2010), and the University of Melbourne (2012).


  • R. Lefeber (2014). The legal significance of the Supplementary Protocol: the result of a paradigm evolution. In A. Shibata (Ed.), International liability regime for biodiversity damage: the Nagoya-Kuala Lumpur Supplementary Protocol (Routledge research in international environmental law) (pp. 73-91). London, New York: Routledge.
  • R. Lefeber & J. Nieto Carrasco (2014). Negotiating the Supplementary Protocol: the co-chairs' perspective. In A. Shibata (Ed.), International liability regime for biodiversity damage: the Nagoya-Kuala Lumpur Supplementary Protocol (Routledge research in international environmental law) (pp. 52-70). London, New York: Routledge.


  • R. Lefeber (2013). Marine Scientific Research in the Antarctic Treaty System. In E.J. Molenaar, A.G. Oude Elferink & D.R. Rothwell (Eds.), The law of the sea and the polar regions: interactions between global and regional regimes (Publications on ocean development, 76) (pp. 323-341). Leiden: Nijhoff.






  • R. Lefeber (2010). De doorwerking van multilaterale milieuverdragen in nationale rechtsordes. In M.N. Boeve & R. Uylenburg (Eds.), Kansen in het omgevingsrecht: opstellen aangeboden aan N.S.J. Koeman bij zijn afscheid van het Centrum voor Milieurecht (pp. 227-243). Groningen: Europa Law Publishing.


  • R. Lefeber (2009). Ongemakkelijke kansen in de poolgebieden. In A.G. Oude Elferink & R. Lefeber (Eds.), Afkoeling na opwarming: het poolrecht onder druk? (Mededelingen van de Nederlandse Vereniging voor Internationaal Recht, 137) (pp. 51-96) Den Haag: T.M.C. Asser Press.
  • R. Lefeber (2009). Een ongemakkelijke verantwoordelijkheid. Oratie (2008, December 4). Amsterdam: Vossiuspers UvA.
  • R. Lefeber (2009). The practice of the Compliance Committee under the Kyoto Protocol to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (2006-2007). In T. Treves, L. Pineschi, A. Tanzi, C. Pitea, C. Ragni & F. Romanin Jacur (Eds.), Non-compliance procedures and mechanisms and the effectiveness of international environmental agreements (pp. 303-317). The Hague: T.M.C. Asser Press.
  • R. Lefeber (2009). An inconvenient responsibility. Utrecht: Eleven.


  • R. Lefeber & T. Pulles (2013). Warming Up: succesvolle warming up om klimaatverandering te bestrijden lijkt valse start. Milieu & Recht, 40 (8), 561-566.


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