Annelies Freriks has worked as an attorney since 1994, working previously for Banning and AKD. Until 1 March 2018 she was Professor of Environmental Law, in particular nature conservation law, at Utrecht University. She is currently associated with the Utrecht Centre for Water, Oceans and Sustainability Law at this University. Annelies specialises in environmental law and law of substances.
She has extensive experience in advising governments and companies, and litigating on their behalf. She has in- depth expertise in the field of nature conservation law (Natura 2000 and protection of species), water legislation and plant protection products and biocides, and obtaining authorisation for the same. Her case work has included Room for the River, Flood Protection Programme, fisheries, energy and housing projects, industrial parks, nitrogen and Natura 2000 in the context of zoning plans, permits and reports, water permits, authorisation for biocides and plant protection products. Annelies is a member of the Association of Environmental Law Attorneys [Vereniging van Milieurecht Advocaten], the Association for Environmental Law [Vereniging voor Milieurecht], and the Association for Construction Law [Vereniging voor Bouwrecht]. In addition, she is a Working Group Member of the Committee on Environmental Impact Assessment. She writes and teaches on subjects in the field of environmental law, water law, nature conservation law and the law of substances.