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Uwe M. Erling


Uwe M. Erling is a proven expert in public law, especially administrative and environmental law. His practice is nationally and internationally recognized (Juve, Best Lawyers and Who’s Who Legal). The focus of his work is on environmental law compliance advice for national and international companies. He also specializes in climate protection and CO2 emissions trading law. He regularly advises and represents the energy, industrial, commercial and aviation companies concerned in official and court proceedings. He also advises and represents aviation and ground handling companies on regulatory issues and disputes in national, European and international aviation law.


Languages: German and English


  • Legal studies at the University of Passau and at the German University of Administrative Sciences Speyer
  • 2001 LL.M. in Energy & Environment from Tulane Law School (USA)
  • 2001 Admission to the bar
  • 2001-2019 Lawyer and Associated Partner at Noerr LLP
  • Since 2010 teaching position in the MBA course Aviation Management at the Danube University Krems
  • Nominated as arbitrator in the Leiden Sarin International Air Law Moot Court
  • Partner at Pohlmann & Company since 2020


  • Associate Member of the American Bar Association (ABA) – Section of Environment, Energy & Natural Resources; Forum on Air & Space Law
  • Society for Environmental Law
  • European Air Law Association (EALA)
  • German-American Lawyers’ Association (DAJV)
  • Founding member “Environmental Symposium
  • Alumni Association German National Academic Foundation


  • Germany chapter: Environment & Climate Change Law 2019, in: International Comparative Law Guide (ICLG), (together with Tim Uschkereit)
  • How to reconcile the European Union Emissions Trading System (EU ETS) for Aviation with the Carbon Offsetting and Reduction Scheme for International Aviation (CORSIA)?, in: Air & Space Law 2018, 371ff.
  • International Aviation Emissions under International Civil Aviation Organization’s Global Market Based Measure: Ready for Offsetting?, in: Air & Space Law 2017, S. 1 ff.
  • “Possible legal arrangements to implement a global market based measure for international aviation emissions”, Study for the Directorate General Climate Action of the EU Commission, December 2015 (together with Professor Pablo Mendes de Leon (University of Leiden) et al.)
  • Umweltbundesamt (Hrsg.): Implikationen der Marktregulierung im Kohlenstoffmarkt, Climate Change 4/2016 (together with Dominik Glock et. al)
  • The German Air Transport Tax: A Treaty Override of International Law, in 10 FIU Law Review, S. 467 (2015)
  • Anmerkung zum Urteil des Bundesverfassungsgerichts vom 5.11.2014 (Az. 1 BvF 3/11) zur Verfassungsmäßigkeit des Luftverkehrsteuergesetzes, ZLW 2015, S. 526-531 (with Tim Uschkereit)
  • Kommentierung der Fallgruppe: Emissionshandel, in: Birnstiel, Bungenberg, Heinrich (Hrsg.), Europäisches Beihilfenrecht, Nomos Kommentar, 2013, S. 329 ff.
  • Introductory Note to Air Transport Association of America v. Secretary of State for Energy & Climate Change, Court of Justice 21 December 2011, in: International Legal Materials, Vol. 51, 3/2012, S. 535
  • Pumpspeicherkraftwerke im Energiemix der Zukunft (mit Dr. Peter Bachmann), in: Energiewirtschaftliche Tagesfragen (et) 2012, S. 97 ff.
  • Elektromobilität – Strom tanken inklusive (with Christian Alexander Mayer) , in: BHB-Info 1/2011, S. 26 f.
  • Carbon Compliance, in: Corporate Compliance Zeitschrift CCZ, 5/2010, S. 188 ff.
  • Emissionshandel im Luftverkehr – almost ready for Takeoff, in: Dow Jones TradeNews Emissions, 3.9.2010, S. 10 ff.
  • Besprechnung Hobe/Boewe/Geisler (Hrsg.), Luftverkehr und Klimawandel, Brennpunkt Luft- und Weltraumrecht, 2009, in: Zeitschrift für Luft- und Weltraumrecht (ZLW), 1/2010, S. 130 ff.
  • Der EU-Emissionshandel im Luftverkehr, Zeitschrift für Luft- und Weltraumrecht (ZLW), 3/2009, S. 338 ff.
  • Implementation of the European Environmental Liability Directive into German Law, in: New York State Bar Association CLE, Complying with environmental laws in Europe, June 2009

Blog Posts

Selected mandates
  • Advising a leading international company on environmental, health and safety compliance for German sites
  • Advising a Dax group on the judicial enforcement of an over-allotment of approximately 300,000 emission rights to a production plant
  • Successful enforcement of an exemption of individual plant sections from the obligation to trade emissions
  • Representation of a DAX company in the enforcement of CO2 electricity price compensation in legal protection proceedings
  • Study for the EU Commission/DG CLIMA on the legally binding implementation of climate protection for emissions from international aviation at ICAO level
  • Representation of Airlines for America (A4A) and US-Airways, Delta Air Lines and United Airlines in an internationally observed test case against the German air traffic tax
  • Advising and representing Swissport Losch on access to the ground handling market at German airports