Worcester College

Walton Street, Oxford OX1 2HB, UK

Other affiliations


Dr Josephine van Zeben is a Career Development Fellow at Worcester College and Tutor in EU and Public Law. She has also been a Lecturer at the ETH Zurich (Switzerland), where she teaches Environmental Regulation, since 2012. She has further held visiting positions at Notre Dame Law School (USA) and La Trobe University (Australia), teaching international environmental law.

Dr van Zeben studied law at the University of Edinburgh, the University of Amsterdam and Harvard University and holds a degree in Social Sciences from Utrecht University (University College). Before coming to Oxford, she was a postdoctoral researcher at the Vincent and Elinor Ostrom Workshop in Political Theory and Policy Analysis (USA). 

Her research focuses on how multi-level governance systems can be best structured to address cross-border problems, with a particular emphasis on environmental issues. Past work has analysed climate change mitigation efforts within the European Union, particularly the EU Emissions Trading Scheme (CUP, 2014). Alongside her on-going environmental work, Dr van Zeben has recently started work on a new research agenda focussing on the role of sub-national actors, particularly local governments, in multi-layered systems.


Research Interests

Multi-level governance (particularly European Union/comparative); environmental law (comparative/international/European); law and economics; public law; municipal and regional governance (legal position of European cities)

Options taught

Administrative Law, European Union Law, Environmental Law, Constitutional Law (Mods)

Research projects