As certified information lawyer (Dipl. jur. (FH)), Dr. Nicola Below worked for several years as scientific policy advisor at the Society for Institutional Analysis at the University of Applied Sciences Darmstadt, Germany. He finalised his doctoral thesis (doctor of laws; Dr. jur.) at the University of Kassel, Germany on the topic “Participation and Transparency under REACH” (Below, Nicola: Partizipation und Transparenz der europäischen Chemikalienregulierung – Juristische Analyse der Inklusionsleistung der europäischen Chemikalienregulierungsbehörden, kassel university press, ISBN: 978-3-7376-0336-2, 2018).
He specialised in environmental information law and provided legal and practical advice with regard to data protection (privacy, confidential business information, copyrights) and data sharing (e.g. administrative assistance), as well as, substance information (e.g. REACH), product information, consumer information, participation and transparency to the German Federal Environment Agency, the German Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology (now: Federal Ministry of Economics and Energy), as well as, the European SKEP-ERA-Net (a partnership of 17 government ministries and agencies, from 13 European countries, which funds environmental research).