“Trade is good for business but not always good for the environment. Trade and trade agreements can put environmental legislation under pressure and expose countries to business that locate where the lowest environmental standards apply. We need to make sure that trade agreements do not harm the environment or result in making environmental legislation less effective.”

Laurens Ankersmit

Lawyer, EU Trade and Environment

Laurens joined our Brussels office in Spring 2015 as EU Trade and Environmental Lawyer.

Laurens has previously worked as a lawyer for the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs and for Clifford Chance Brussels. He also worked as a researcher and lecturer at VU University Amsterdam. Laurens completed a PhD at VU University Amsterdam on the intersection between trade and environmental protection in February 2015.


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