Sustainable Contracting from a Value Chain Perspective

Frederik Skamris Holm

Copenhagen Business School



Starting date: 1 October 2022

Completion date:  30 September 2025

Project description:

This research project aims to explore how the latest developments in contracting theory within private contracts could help facilitate the objectives of transitioning to a low-carbon economy while generating value across the value chain within the frame of the consolidated regulation of the EU. This will require an understanding of how value is created within the contract and how the value chain perspective impacts
the way in which we see privity of contract and an understanding of the legal framework that governs sustainable contracting. To do this, the following research question has been developed, and within this research project, this will be answered: 

How could the contractual framework support joint objectives of transitioning to a low-carbon economy and value creation across the value

EU-rettens betydning for den administrative håndhævelse af miljølovgivningen

Thomas Haugsted

Københavns Universitet, Det Juridiske Fakultet


Tlf.:   +45 30 24 24 78 


Startdato: 01.10.2020

Slutdato:  30.09.2024

Afhandlingen beskæftiger sig med EU-rettens betydning for de danske forvaltningsmyndigheders håndhævelse af miljølovgivningen. Formålet er navnlig at belyse, hvorledes EU-retten ændrer ved eller i øvrigt påvirker dansk rets almindelige regler for administrativt tilsyn og kontrol på miljøområdet, herunder ved sanktionering af lovovertrædelser. Afhandlingen vil inddrage perspektiver fra blandt andet hollandsk ret.

Taking Rights of Nature and Human Rights Seriously

Katarina Hovden

Centre for European and Comparative Legal Studies (CECS), Faculty of Law, University of Copenhagen


Tel.:  + 45 42 72 62 91 


Starting date: 1 September 2017

Completion date:  31 August 2021

Project description:
Rights of nature are gaining traction. Several countries have adopted rights of nature laws (at constitutional, national, and local level) or recognised the rights of nature in court judgments. These laws and legal sources inter alia recognise that nature is a subject of the law, and, in certain cases, grant specific legal rights to nature. Born out of an Earth-centred or ecological paradigm, rights of nature (laws) present a fundamental challenge to the otherwise anthropocentric or human-centric system of law and governance.
Set against these developments, the PhD project studies the relationship(s) between the rights of nature and human rights in jurisdictions that recognise both categories of right-holders. Mindful that most legal and governance systems remain anthropocentric, individualistic and mechanistic in their very structure, the project will investigate what happens at the interface between the old paradigm (most existing individual human rights) and the new, ecological paradigm (the rights of nature). Questions to be explored include> When rights conflict (as they often do), whose rights prevail and under what circumstances? Is there a risk that the prevailing (anthropocentric) legal order will subsume and swallow the ecological one, rendering the rights of nature “mere rhetoric”? If so, what would it take for the ecological paradigm to penetrate the anthropocentric machinery of law?