Transport accounts for 27% of Europe’s CO2 emissions. No surprise, thus, that sustainable mobility is a key topic on the EU’s agenda: while 2021 has been marked as European Year of Rail, a Commission consultation on Sustainable transport- new urban mobility framework has recently closed and will soon reveal its results. This conference looks at mobility through the eyes of the moving citizen and consumer, who travels within cities, to cities or between cities in Europe.
Fostering more sustainable mobility practices is thus a key element. While much of such strategy depends on infrastructure planning and investment, the research question for this conference is what role law can play in this process, in particular when one aims to promote the adoption of more sustainable mobility among citizens in their various life areas - from shopping to (weekend) travelling. The specific angle would be to look at legal incentives which are not directly translated into monetary incentives - leaving out, for instance, parking fees or higher taxation on flight tickets.
First, what are possible barriers that prevent consumers and citizens from easily engaging in more sustainable mobility practices? Take the different passenger rights regimes that are currently in place for rail passengers and air passengers, where travelling by plane affords travellers more rights than travelling by train would. Second, what sets of rules could facilitate the promotion and adoption of these practices? Such rules may for instance range from requiring better information on sustainable
The conference panels analyze this complex problem at three different levels:
- Sustainable urban mobility - how we traverse the city
- Sustainable regional mobility - how we stay connected
- Sustainable international mobility - how we cross borders
In order to do so, the conference brings together experts from law and social sciences, including sociology and planning studies and features a number of keynote speakers representing the different dimensions we want to highlight. Confirmed interventions/activities include presentations by Carey Curtis, Professor in City Planning & Transport at the University of Melbourne and Guido Smorto, Professor of Comparative law at the University of Palermo, Italy, as well as an interactive panel on mobility rights facilitate by Marco te Brömmelstroet, Anna Nikolaeva and Luca Bertolini, University of Amsterdam Centre for Urban Studies.
Candida Leone, Assistant Professor at the Amsterdam Centre for Transformative Private Law, University of Amsterdam (NL). Candida’s current research interests focus on (as always, contract law,) the role of (vulnerable) consumers in the energy transition and on the relationship between private law theory and emerging debates on sustainable legal education. She teaches on consumer law, legal research methods and comparative contract law and has (co-)organised a number of conferences over the past few years: in particular, European Private Law at a time of growing inequality (2016), The New Deal for Consumers and Access to Justice (2019), Talking law in the EU: clear language, rule of law and legitimacy (2021).
Yannick van den Berg is a PhD researcher at Amsterdam Centre for Transformative Private Law and Amsterdam Centre for European Law and Governance, University of Amsterdam (NL). His PhD research uses a practice-theory framework to explore ways in which EU (consumer) law could reduce consumer uptake of flying outside the most commonly explored avenues of taxation and financial incentives. Yannick is a member of the steering committee for the Dutch Consumer Law Association (VvC) and managing editor of the Transformative Private Law Blog.