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Law and Administration

Dr. Cathrin Zengerling, LL.M. (University of Michigan)

Head of Junior Research Group "Urban Footprints"

funded by a Freigeist Fellowship of the Volkswagen Foundation

HafenCity University Hamburg
Überseeallee 16
20457 Hamburg

cathrin.zengerling(at)hcu-hamburg.de

CV

Cathrin Zengerling studied law in Münster, Madrid, and Hamburg with a focus on environmental, planning, European, and international law. She completed her legal clerkship (juristisches Referendariat) at the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety; the Hamburg Ministry of Urban Development and the Environment; and the United Nations in Geneva. In 2006, she earned the degree of Master of Laws at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, USA. From January 2008 to April 2011, while working as a research associate at the HafenCity University, she completed her doctorate on the topic of international environmental law at the University of Hamburg. She has been working as a lawyer since May 2011, initially in the areas of energy, construction, and environmental law in the firm of Günther Rechtsanwälte in Hamburg. Since November 2015, she has worked as a post-doctoral research associate and since January 2018 as head of the junior research group "Urban Footprints" at the HCU.

Curriculum Vitae

Research Interests

Regulation of resource use and resource conservation

Environmental, planning, and energy law

International and European environmental and trade law

Sustainable urban development

International institutions

Participation of citizens and NGOs

Urban Footprints - Towards Greater Accountability in the Governance of Cities' Carbon and Material Flows

Global warming and the depletion of resources are enormous environmental and societal challenges of our time. Globally, scientists and politicians agree that meeting these challenges requires major transformation processes compared to business as usual. The Footprints project focuses on the current as well as the potential future role of cities in combating climate change and resource depletion. Cities are crucial actors when it comes to these global problems; they consume about 75 % of world energy and material flows. The research builds on the hypothesis that the design of local urban systems is crucial for global sustainability. It explores accountable modes of governance of cities' carbon and material footprints in order to activate the transformative forces within cities. Bridging the disciplines of legal sciences and urban studies, the project will develop a knowledge base, an analysis of opportunities and challenges, as well as recommendations for enhanced accountable governance of urban carbon and material footprints for eight international cities and their respective national jurisdictions, including China, India and the United States. With its innovative approach to urban governance, the Footprints project aims to function as a catalyst for overcoming national boundaries, established disciplines, and institutions.

2018-2022

Funded by a Freigeist-Fellowship of the Volkswagen Foundation.

E-Quartier Hamburg – Electromobility in urban residential areas, legal opinion

Das Projekt e-Quartier Hamburg erforscht, wie Elektromobilität verstärkt in urbane Wohnquartiere integriert werden kann. Im öffentlichen Raum entstehen zunehmend Ladesäulen auf weitgehend gesicherter Rechtsgrundlage. Daher fokussiert das Rechtsgutachten auf den privaten Raum. Es geht der Frage nach, wie die Zahl der Stellplätze mit Ladeinfrastruktur auf privaten Flächen erhöht werden kann. Im Schwerpunkt wird untersucht, mit welchen Instrumenten Gemeinden rechtsverbindlich steuern können, dass Stellplätze mit Ladeinfrastruktur auf privaten Flächen entstehen. Daneben geht es um die Umsetzung. Welchen rechtlichen Hürden begegnet der Grundstückseigentümer oder der Ladesäulenbetreiber, wenn er Stellplätze mit Ladeinfrastruktur baut und betreibt? Ermittelt werden Handlungsspielräume in Neubau und Bestand. Von besonderer Bedeutung ist die Frage, ob und wie die (öffentliche) Zugänglichkeit von Ladesäulen im privaten Raum gefördert werden kann. Wie können private Flächen zum E-Carsharing genutzt werden?

Das Rechtsgutachen kann hier in der Kurzfassung oder Langfassung heruntergeladen werden.

2016-2017

Project of the model region of Hamburg, funded by the Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure.

Summer Semester 2018

Nachhaltige Stadtentwicklung (Bsc. Stadtplanung), together with Prof. Irene Peters, Ph.D. and Prof. Dr. Martin Wickel

Winter Semester 2017/18

Project I (M.Sc. REAP), "Best Practice and Good Governance in Urban Sustainability Transitions", together with Dipl.-Ing. Ana Strastil

Legal and Economic Instruments of Environmental Policy (M.Sc. REAP), together with Prof. Irene Peters, Ph.D. und Prof. Dr. Martin Wickel

Supervision of Master’s Theses

Jovana Pavlicevic, "Sustainable Development of Hydro Power Plants in Montenegro", M.Sc. REAP, Wickel/Zengerling

Summer Semester 2017

P2 Project (B.Sc. Urban Planning), "Quartier der kurzen Wege - Konzept für attraktive Fuß- und Radwegeverbindungen im und um das Komponistenviertel (Barmbek-Süd)", together with Dipl.-Ing. Stefan Kreutz

Supervision of Master’s Theses

Xiawen Xu, "Der letzte Schutzhafen - Eine Untersuchung über die Transformation der Erneuerungsplanung in China, am Beispiel des Hafengebiets Shapowei in Xiamen, Fujian", M.Sc. Urban Design, Breckner/Zengerling

Benedickt Adcock, "Current Status: Energy Related Renovation and Modernisation in Germany", M.Sc. REAP, Wickel/Zengerling

Winter Semester 2016/17

Project I (M.Sc. REAP), "Towards Regenerative Cities - Governing the Urban Metabolism", together with Dipl.-Ing. Ana Strastil

Legal and Economic Instruments of Environmental Policy (M.Sc. REAP), together with Prof. Irene Peters, Ph.D. and Prof. Dr. Martin Wickel

Supervision of Master’s Theses

Philipp Preuner, "Afro-Smart Urbanism -A systems view on the efficiency of urban digitization, the case of Nairobi's tech-startup sector," REAP M.Sc., Wickel/Zengerling/Grabher

Ann-Sophie Orth, "Kommunale Wärmeplanung - Umsetzung der Wärmewende auf kommunaler Ebene", M.Sc. Stadtplanung, Wickel/Zengerling

Summer Semester 2016

Konzepte nachhaltiger Stadtentwicklung (Concepts of Sustainable Urban Development) (B.Sc. Urban Planning), together with Prof. Irene Peters, Ph.D. und Prof. Dr. Martin Wickel

Winter Semester 2015/16

Legal and Economic Instruments of Environmental Policy (M.Sc. REAP), together with Prof. Irene Peters, Ph.D. and Prof. Dr. Martin Wickel

Supervision of Master’s Theses

Timo Dittmers, "Renewable Energies in District Heating - Integration of Power-to-Heat," REAP M.Sc., Wickel/Zengerling

Carolina Puccini Lopera, "Sustainable Energy Supply by Ecoregion in Colombia," REAP M.Sc., Wickel/Morello/Zengerling

Kory Chisholm, "Quantifying Sustainability? A Critical Assessment of LEED-Neighborhood Development using The Cogswell Lands Plan Halifax, Nova Scotia as a Case Study," REAP M.Sc., Wickel/Zengerling/Jurleit

Winter Semester 2014/15

Legal and Economic Instruments of Environmental Policy (M.Sc. REAP), together with Prof. Irene Peters, Ph.D. and Prof. Dr. Martin Wickel

Supervision of Master’s Theses

Tiffany McCoy, "Transposition of WEEE Recast 2012/19/EU in Germany: Resource-Efficient Approaches to Photovoltaic Recovery and Recycling Schemes," REAP M.Sc., Wickel/Sander/Zengerling

Elisavet Panteli, "The Transition to a Green Economy: An Evaluation of the European Union's Energy and Climate Change Policy," REAP M.Sc., Wickel/Zengerling

Winter Semester 2013/14

Legal and Economic Instruments of Environmental Policy (M.Sc. REAP), together with Prof. Irene Peters, Ph.D. and Prof. Dr. Martin Wickel

Winter Semester 2012/13

Legal and Economic Instruments of Environmental Policy (M.Sc. REAP), together with Prof. Irene Peters, Ph.D. and Prof. Dr. Martin Wickel

Supervision of Bachelor’s Theses

Markus Thye, "Projektierung von Windkraftanlagen in Gewerbegebieten in Hamburg," Urban Planning B.Sc., Peters/Zengerling

Summer Semester 2011

European Environmental Policy (M.Sc. Urban Planning), together with Prof. Dr. Martin Wickel

Supervision of Master’s Theses

Oliver Riek, "Bürgerbegehren und Bürgerentscheide in der Bauleitplanung – Bürgerbeteiligung und Bürgerinteressen in stadtplanerischen Entscheidungsprozessen in den Hamburger Bezirken", Urban Planning M.Sc., Wickel/Zengerling

Winter Semester 2010/11

Utopias and Other Spaces - Societal Construction in Literature (M.Sc. Q-Studies), together with Prof. Dr. Marianne Schuller

Legal and Economic Instruments of Environmental Policy (M.Sc. REAP), together with Prof. Irene Peters, Ph.D. and Prof. Dr. Martin Wickel

Economics and Planning of Technical Urban Infrastructure Systems (M.Sc. REAP), together with Prof. Irene Peters, Ph.D. and Prof. Dr. Martin Wickel

Project I (M.Sc. REAP), together with Dipl.-Ing. Ana Strastil

Summer Semester 2010

European Planning Law/European Environmental Policy (M.Sc. Urban Planning), together with Prof. Dr. Martin Wickel

Supervision of Master’s and Bachelor’s Theses

Susanne Schubert, "Do the coordination bodies fulfill their coordination function – A case study of UN Water, UN Energy and UN EMG," Urban Planning M.Sc., Wickel/Zengerling

Beate Eissing, "Die Stadt gehört allen? Soziale Mischung in Hamburg," Diplom Urban Planning, Krüger/Zengerling

Jascha Stumpf, "Bürgerbegehren und Bürgerentscheid im kommunalen Städtebau – Effektive Instrumente der direkten Demokratie?" Urban Planning B.Sc., Wickel/Zengerling

Winter Semester 2009/10

Utopias and Other Spaces - Societal Construction in Literature (M.Sc. Q-Studies), together with Prof. Dr. Marianne Schuller

Legal and Economic Instruments of Environmental Policy (M.Sc. REAP), together with Prof. Irene Peters, Ph.D. and Prof. Dr. Martin Wickel

Summer Semester 2009

European Planning Law (MPO Urban Planning) / Planning Law in Europe (DPO Urban Planning), together with Prof. Dr. Martin Wickel

Supervision of Master’s Theses

Carl Christian Gurgel de Goes Moraes, "Stadtplanung, Windkraft im Innenbereich – Frischer Wind im Industriegebiet," Diplom Urban Planning, Peters/Wickel/Zengerling

Summer Semester 2008

Supervision of Master’s and Bachelor’s Theses

Andreas Kubischok, "Die Optimierung des Planungsprozesses regenerativer Energieträger am Beispiel von Windenergieanlagen," Urban Planning B.Sc., Wickel/Zengerling

2003 – 2005

Tutor for lectures in the Fundamentals of Public Law, and Construction and Planning Law, taught by Prof. Dr. Martin Wickel (Diplom Urban Planning, TU Hamburg-Harburg)

Monography

C Zengerling, Greening International Jurisprudence – Environmental NGOs before International Courts, Tribunals and Compliance Committees (Dissertation), Martinus Nijhoff Publishers, Boston, Leiden, 2013

Contributions in Collections

C Zengerling / M Buck, “Umweltschutz und Freihandel", in H.-J. Koch et al., Handbuch Umweltrecht, Vahlen, 2018 (in progress)

M Wickel / C Zengerling, “Multi-level Climate Governance in Germany – Opportunities and Constraints of Formal and Informal Instruments from a Legal Perspective", AESOP 2017 Congress eBook of Proceedings, pp. 2450-2460

R Verheyen / C Zengerling, “International Dispute Settlement,” in C Carlarne / KR Gray / R Tarasofsky (Eds), Oxford Handbook of International Climate Change Law, Oxford University Press, 2016, pp. 417-440

R Verheyen / C Zengerling, “International Climate Change Cases,” in OC Ruppel / C Roschmann / K Ruppel-Schlichting (Eds), Climate Change: Legal Responses and Global Responsibility, Volume I, Nomos Publishers, Germany, 2013, pp. 759-804

C Zengerling, “NGOs versus European Pirates – Fisheries Agreements, IUU Fishing and the ITLOS in West African Seas.” in E Couzen / T Honkonen (Eds), International Environmental Law-making and Diplomacy Review 2008, pp. 107-132

Scientific Articles

J Kortländer, C Zengerling, "Das neue Mieterstromgesetz – (k)ein Beitrag zur Energiewende?", Zeitschrift für Neues Energierecht (ZNER), Heft 22/1, pp. 13-20 (2018)

C Zengerling, “Action on Climate Change Mitigation in German and Chinese Cities - A Search for Emerging Patterns of Accountability", Habitat International, 2018 (forthcoming)

M Duncker / C Zengerling, “Elektromobilität in der kommunalen Planung", RaumPlanung 190 (2-2017), pp. 44-49

M Wickel / C Zengerling, “Die Zulassung des vorzeitigen Baubeginns für Flüchtlingsunterkünfte in der Hamburgischen Bauordnung," Zeitschrift für Öffentliches Recht in Norddeutschland (NordÖR) 2016

R Verheyen / C Zengerling, “Seegerichtshof beschließt die Freilassung von Crew und Schiff im Fall ‘Arctic Sunrise,’" Zeitschrift für Umweltrecht (ZUR), Volume 3/2014, pp. 147-150

M Wickel / C Zengerling, “Partizipation in der kommunalen Planung – Öffentlichkeitsbeteiligung und Bürgerentscheide," RaumPlanung 156/157 (2011), pp. 138 et seq.

M Wickel / C Zengerling, “BauGB-Novelle und kommunaler Klimaschutz,” PLANERIN 2/11, S. 59 ff.

C Zengerling, “Sustainable Development and International (Environmental) Law – Integration vs. Fragmentation,” Zeitschrift für Europäisches Umwelt- und Planungsrecht (EurUP) 2010, pp. 175-186

M Wickel / C Zengerling, “Beeinflussung der gemeindlichen Bauleitplanung durch Bürgerentscheide – Möglichkeiten und Grenzen”, Zeitschrift für Öffentliches Recht in Norddeutschland (NordÖR) 2010, pp. 91-97

C Zengerling, “Nicht bekannt oder nicht gewährt – Die Bürger/innenrechte aus der Aarhus Konvention,” Forum Recht 2008, pp. 48-50

C Zengerling / I Zodrow, “Opening the Doors to Justice – The Challenge of Strengthening Public Access,” Environmental Law Network International (ELNI) 2007, pp. 20-22

Book Reviews

C Zengerling, "Lehren aus 35 Jahren Tragik der Allmende", Rezension Lena Jahrmarkt - Internationales Klimaschutzrecht, Vereinte Nationen 6/2017, p. 280

C Zengerling, "Jura feministisch studieren", Rezension Foljanty/Lembke (Eds.) - Feministische Rechtswissenschaft, Forum Recht 02/2007, p. 66

Presentation: "Accountable Governance of Cities' GHG Emissions", Cities and Climate Conference 2017, 20 September 2017, Potsdam

Presentation: "Sustainable Management of Natural Resources - The Role of European Cities", 5th EELF Annual Conference, 30 August - 1 September 2017, Copenhagen

Presentation: "Multi-level Climate Governance in Germany - The Opportunities and Constraints in Formal and Informal Instruments from a Legal Perspective", AESOP Annual Congress 2017, 4 July 2017, Lisbon

Presentation: "Action on Climate Change Mitigation in German and Chinese Cities - A Search for Emerging Patterns of Accountability", 11th Planning Law and Property Rights (PLPR) Conference 2017: "Institutional Innovations in Land Development and Planning in 20th and 21st Centuries", 19 - 24 February 2017, University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong

Presentation: "Urbane Fußabdrücke - Verantwortung und Verbindlichkeit in der Steuerung kommunaler Treibhausgasemissionen" (Urban Footprints - Accountability in the Steering of Municipal Greenhouse Gas Emissions), UPPW - Umwelt- und Planungsrecht in Praxis und Wissenschaft, Martin-Luther-Universität Halle-Wittenberg, 10 January 2017, Halle

Presentation: "Access to Justice in International Judicial and Quasi-Judicial Procedures - the Case for Strengthening Procedural Rights of Environmental NGOs", 4th European Environmental Law Forum (EELF) Annual Conference: "Procedural Environmental Rights: Principle X in Theory and Practice", 16-18 September 2016, Wroclaw

Presentation: “International Climate Change Governance - The Role of Environmental NGOs,” Hamburg International Environmental Law Conference (HIELC), Bucerius Law School, September 2013, Hamburg

Presentation: “Umweltverbände als Anwälte der Natur” (Environmental Organizations as Nature’s Lawyers), at the Symposium, “Natur im Recht – Rechte der Natur?” hosted by the Research Center for Environmental Law, University of Hamburg, together with the Haus der Zukunft, July 2013

Presentation: “Öffnung von Wärmenetzen – Erneuerbare Energien und Liberalisierung” (Opening Heating Networks – Sustainable Energy and Liberlization), Kolloquium im Rahmen der Dissertation, Universität Hamburg, Juni 2013

Presentation: “Beteiligung von Umweltverbänden an internationalen Streitschlichtungsverfahren – Welthandelsorganisation (WTO) und Internationales Zentrum zur Beilegung von Investitionsstreitigkeiten (ICSID)” (Involving Environmental Associations in International Dispute Settlement Procedures – World Trade Organization (WTO) and the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID)), doctoral seminar with Prof. Dr. Markus Krajewski, University of Erlangen-Nürnberg, August 2011, Nürnberg

Presentation: "Öffentlichkeitsbeteiligung und Integration im Recht” (Integrating Public Participation in Law), Junges Forum der Akademie für Raumforschung und Landesplanung, Hamburg, June 2009

Guest lectures as a research associate and lecturer at the HafenCity University Hamburg in courses outside the professorship of Prof Dr. Martin Wickel:

"Sustainability in International Law" (Every winter semester since 2010/2011 in the course "Facets of Sustainability”, M.Sc. REAP, Prof. Irene Peters, Ph.D.)

"Water Privatization - Berliner Wasserbetriebe - A Public Private Partnership” (Winter Semester 2010/2011)

"Recht und Gerechtigkeit” (Law and Justice), (Winter Semester 2010/2011)

"Öffentlichkeitsbeteiligung in Planungs- und Genehmigungsverfahren” (Public Participation in Planning and Authorization Processess) (Summer Semester 2010)

"Umweltgesetzbuch - Ein einheitliches Infrastrukturrecht” (Environmental Code – A Uniform Infrastructure Law) (Winter Semester 2009/2010)

Participation in project meeting UBA RefoPlan Vorhaben "Steuerbare urbane Stoffströme", 14 December 2017, Berlin

Participation in "Energieforum 2017", Leuphana University Lüneburg, 27 September 2017

Participation in expert workshop: "Rechtsfragen und Lösungsansätze zur Transformation der Wärmenetze" (Legal questions and responses regarding the transformation of heating grids), Stiftung Umweltenergierecht, 26 October 2016, Würzburg

Session participant: "Die transformative Kraft der Städte: Nachhaltige Urbanisierung in Nordrhein-Westfalen” (The Transformative Power of Cities: Sustainable Urban Development in Nordrhein-Westfalen), Zentralinstitut für Raumplanung, Zentrum für Interdisziplinäre Nachhaltigkeitsforschung, Institut für Umwelt- und Planungsrecht, University of Münster, 27 June 2016, Münster

Symposium participant: “Verankerung des Ressourcenschutzes im Recht” (Anchoring of Resource Conservation in Law), Umweltbundesamt and the University of Kassel, 21 June 2016, Berlin

Workshop participant: Teaching in the International Classroom, 17-18 March 2016, HafenCity University Hamburg & van Oppen International, Hamburg

Participant: "SBE 16 Hamburg - International Conference on Sustainable Built Environment," 8-10 March 2016, HafenCity University Hamburg

Legal opinion: "Rechtliche Bewertung einzelner Regelungen des EEG-Referentenentwurfes vom 4. März 2014" (Legal Assessment of Selected Regulations in the German Renewable Energy Sources Act of 4 March 2014), on behalf of Greenpeace e.V. during the association hearing on the German Renewable Energy Sources Act 2014 (March 2014)

Participant: "10. Kommunaler Klimaschutz-Konferenz des Klima-Bündnis" (10th Municipal Climate Protection Conference of the Climate Alliance), 11-13 November 2010 in Hannover - Vorbereitungsgruppe Klima-Bündnis-Position for the BauGB Ammendment 2011 (together with Prof. Dr. Martin Wickel)

Collaborated in the generation of an expert opinion by Prof. Dr. Martin Wickel on behalf of the Deutschen Umwelthilfe e.V. regarding the possibilities Municipalities have to control the planning of coal power plants with the help of urban land use planning (June – September 2008)

  • Gesellschaft für Umweltrecht e.V. (GfU)
  • Internationaler Umweltrechtstag Hamburg e.V. (IURT)
  • International Academic Association on Planning, Law, and Property Rights (PLPR)
  • European Environmental Law Forum (EELF)
  • Future Earth Open Network

News

Research

C. Zengerling, "Action on Climate Change Mitigation in German and Chinese Cities - A search for emerging patterns of accountability", Habitat International, pp. 147-153 (2018)

J. Kortländer, C. Zengerling, "Das neue Mieterstromgesetz – (k)ein Beitrag zur Energiewende?", Zeitschrift für Neues Energierecht (ZNER), Heft 22/1, pp. 13-20 (2018)

C. Zengerling, "Lehren aus 35 Jahren Tragik der Allmende", Rezension Lena Jahrmarkt - Internationales Klimaschutzrecht, Vereinte Nationen 6/2017, p. 280

C. Zengerling, E-Quartier Hamburg - Elektromobilität in urbanen Wohnquartieren, Rechtsgutachten (Projekt der Modellregion Hamburg, gefördert durch das BMVBS), November 2017 (Kurzfassung / Langfassung)

Teaching SoSe 2018

Nachhaltige Stadtentwicklung (Bsc. Stadtplanung), zusammen mit Prof. Irene Peters, Ph.D. and Prof. Dr. Martin Wickel