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Edward Brans

Attorney-at-law • Counsel

Edward Brans joined Pels Rijcken in 2002. As of 1 November 2020, he is professor by special appointment of Sustainability and Environmental Liability at the Faculty of Law, Economics and Governance at Utrecht University. He focuses on environmental liability under private and administrative law, including enforcement in case of environmental incidents and liability for inadequate supervision and enforcement. In addition, he supports companies and governments in addressing climate change and energy transition, such as projects aimed at the use of geothermal energy (aquifer thermal energy storage and geothermal heat), carbon capture and storage (CCS) and the realisation of designated flooding areas. In the field of environmental law, Edward has extensive experience with cases involving climate change, (soil) pollution, pollution by ships, asbestos, air quality, waste products and circular economy.

Edward studied Dutch Civil Law at Erasmus University Rotterdam, where he obtained his master’s degree and PhD.. He was a university lecturer in private law, including at VU Amsterdam and has been a lecturer with the Grotius Specialist programme on Planning and Environmental Law. Edward regularly publishes in academic and professional journals and in addition to planning and environmental law. Edward is a member of the Dutch Environmental Law Association, the Environmental Lawyers Association, the Energy Law Association (NeVER), and the Netherlands Maritime and Transport Law Association, and is editor of TVR, Tijdschrift Vervoer & Recht (Transport & Law Journal).


  • "Edward Brans has a focus on climate change and energy transition matters in particular." - The Legal 500, 2024
  • Recommended for Energy - The Legal 500, 2024
  • Recommended for Energy: Regulatory - The Legal 500, 2023