Executive Board

Dr. Roda Verheyen

Dr. Roda Verheyen is a partner in the law firm Günther in Hamburg, which specializes in environmental and energy law. Prior to her work as a lawyer in Germany, she worked internationally for various environmental associations. In 2002, she founded the international network “Climate Justice Programme” and today leads, among other things, various climate lawsuits, but also complaint proceedings at the Aarhus Convention. She advises clients in many environmental cases from other jurisdictions where German law plays a role. Her motivation for GLI: “Together we are stronger – and a strong, high level of protection is not only needed by Germany, but also by the global world. GLI will help to bring environmental law, health and consumer protection and human rights closer together. GLI also wants to help fill certain gaps in the education of young lawyers. Because there is far more need for advice than there are people to fill it.”

Dr. Michael Zschiesche

Dr. Michael Zschiesche is a lawyer and economist and wrote his doctoral thesis on “Public Participation in Environmentally Relevant Approval Procedures – Status Quo and Perspectives”. He has headed the Independent Institute for Environmental Issues (Unabhängiges Institut für Umweltfragen – UfU) since 1999 and the Institute´s Department of Environmental Law & Participation in Berlin since 1995. He has coordinated the environmental associations in Germany on the Aarhus Convention for many years and has worked with ELAW since 1995. His work focuses on dealing with transparency rules, public participation and access to justice in environmental matters. He is the author of numerous publications (books and journal articles) on participation issues and rights of action, and is involved in other organizations on a voluntary basis (e.g. President of the Nature Foundation David). His motivation for GLI: “Law as an instrument of environmental protection is becoming increasingly important. Therefore, Green Legal Impact’s mission is to make people aware of the necessity of nature’s rights, to strengthen them at the same time and ultimately to enforce them. This is what GLI is for.”

Dr. Cornelia Nicklas

Dr. Cornelia Nicklas is a lawyer and has been head of the legal department at Deutsche Umwelthilfe since 2007. She works on environmental legal issues, accompanies court proceedings and creates and moderates expert discussions and dialogue processes with the public, politicians and interest groups on environmental policy issues and individual projects. At the beginning of her professional career, she worked as a consultant at the Brandenburg Ministry of Agriculture, Environmental Protection and Regional Planning and was subsequently employed as a lawyer in the Berlin law firm of Gaßner, Groth, Siederer & Coll. Her motivation for GLI: “The Environment and climate have no voice and no lobby comparable to economic interests. Numerous environmental associations and committed environmentalists give environment and climate a voice. But it needs much more support in its enforcement. This is what we do with GLI.”

Jürgen Quentin

Jürgen Quentin studied Environmental Law at the University of Applied Sciences in Trier and subsequently worked for many years in a business network for environmental technology in Bavaria. From 2008 to 2013, he led a legal campaign in the energy sector of Deutsche Umwelthilfe. Since the beginning of 2014, he has been working at the Fachagentur Windenergie an Land (Onshore Wind Energy Agency), focusing on energy economics issues and plant approval law.