Jonathan’s research mainly focuses on the role of international and EU environmental law in legal practice. Current research focuses on climate change, particularly adaptation. He is currently involved in research into the legal conditions that have to be met in order to help society adapt to the changing climate in the coming decades. In 2011, he spent six months at the Australian Centre for Climate and Environmental Law in relationship to this research. In the recent past, Jonathan researched the application of the Wetlands Convention on transboundary wetlands, involving case studies, in which actual application of the concepts of legal pluralism and cooperative governance in practice were being studied. Jonathan has written more than 200 publications in the field on environmental law, include many articles in outstanding refereed journals throughout the world.
Some of his research themes: Climate change, adaptation, European and International Environmental Law, Environmental Law, Environmental Justice, Wild Birds and Habitats Directives, Wetlands Convention, precautionary principle, codification, globalisation and the environment, corporate social responsibility and environmental law, water law, transboundary cooperation.
- The Right to Water as a Human Right or a Bird’s Right? Does Co-operative Governance Offer a Way Out of a Conflict of Interests and Legal Complexity? in: Philippe Cullet, Alix Gowlland-Gualtieri, Roopa Madhav, Usha Ramanathan (eds.), Water Governance in Motion. Towards Socially and Environmentally Sustainable Water Laws, Cambridge University Press, New Delhi, 2010 ISBN 978-8175-96634-5
- Climate Change: Rethinking Restoration in the European Union’s Birds and Habitats Directives, Ecological Restoration, Vol. 28, No. 4 (2010), p. 431-439
- The Case of Transboundary Wetlands under the Ramsar Convention: Keep the Lawyers Out! Colorado Journal of International Environmental Law and Policy, Vol. 19, no. 1 (Winter 2008), p. 49-127
- Jonathan Verschuuren (ed.), The Impact of Legislation. A Critical Analysis of Ex Ante Evaluation, Martinus Nijhoff Publishers/Brill, Leiden/Boston 2009, ISBN 978-90-04-17020-9, 275 p.
- Victims of Environmental Pollution in the Slipstream of Globalization (co-autor S. Kuchta), in: Rianne Letschert, Jan van Dijk (eds.), The New Faces of Victimhood. Globalization, Transnational Crimes and Victim Rights, Studies in Global Justice Vol. 8, Springer, 2011, ISBN 978-90-481-9019-5, p. 127-156.