Nienke van der Burgt
Senior Legal Advisor
Nienke joined Milieu as a legal advisor in October 2008. She has since been involved in projects in various fields, ranging from environmental law to fundamental rights. She has experience in drafting legislation; approximation with, and transposition of EU legislation; implementation and evaluation. She provided technical input on various projects, including the following:
Legal expert for conformity checking of measures of Member States to transpose several Directives in the sector of environment for the Netherlands and Belgium (Flanders);
Policy analysis, e.g. preparation of case studies for policy studies, and the development of policy options;
Evaluation and impact assessment; such as the ex-post impact assessment on the implementation and effects of the Third Maritime Safety Package (EP);
International legal expert for drafting legislation on STCW and RO as part of a maritime safety and security project in Georgia; and fisheries legislation in Surinam (FAO);
Legal expert in several marine related projects such as on marine litter (DG ENV) and international legal expert to support Albania in the establishment of its system for Marine Protected Areas (UNDP).
Nienke has also been responsible for the management of projects for several different DGs within the European Commission, such as on technical assistance related to caution and precaution in chemicals regulations (DG ENV); and the development and dissemination of best practice on sustainable use of biocidal products (DG ENV). Other projects have included the evaluation by 27 Member States on the implementation of the pyrotechnics Directive’ (DG ENT) and the safety of offshore exploration and exploitation activities in the Mediterranean (DG ENV).
In 2010, Nienke completed her PhD on international fisheries law at the VU University Amsterdam. Through her work at the VU University she has gained teaching experience with a particular focus on the law of the sea. She also obtained her Masters in International and European Law at the VU University Amsterdam. Before working at Milieu, she held several research-related positions in NGOs, a law firm and in academia. She has conducted research for the Advisory Committee on Aliens Affairs on the relationship between CEDAW and the Dutch Aliens Law; participated in the development of a Human Rights Impact Assessment at the Humanist Committee on Human Rights; and contributed to the evaluation of the Street Children Scheme for the Childline India Foundation in Mumbai (India). Nienke also worked as a legal officer on immigration law at a Dutch law firm.
Languages: Dutch, English