New EULawSD Webinar with Brenda King on EU Civil Society and the 2030 Agenda

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The academic staff of the Jean Monnet Module in European Union Law and Sustainable Development is honoured to announce the third webinar of the 2019 EULawSD Webinar Series. On October 7th (12.00pm Central European Summer Time), we will host Brenda King MBE, Chief Executive of African and Caribbean Diversity and Former President of the Sustainable Development Observatory of the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC), for a lecture on “Civil Society Engagement in the EU Sustainable Development Agenda“. The webinar will reflect on existing multi-stakeholder approaches in the sustainable development policies of the European Union, as well as on possible models for greater civil society involvement in SDG implementation.

The webinar will be visible live on our YouTube channel and will be embedded at the bottom of this post.

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About our speaker

Brenda King is the Chair of the nonprofit African & Caribbean Diversity and a UK representative on the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) since 2002. She served as the President of the EESC’s Sustainable Development Observatory (SDO) until 2018, and remains one of its leading members. She is rapporteur of an EESC report putting forward recommendations for civil society involvement in the implementation, monitoring and review of the sustainable development agenda in the EU. She was also part of the core team of three members who undertook an impact study in six member states on the EU Renewable Energy Directive.

From 2010 to 2013, Brenda chaired the EU-African Caribbean Pacific subcommittee where she successfully campaigned for 2015 to be the European Year for Development and Cooperation. Between 2006 and 2008, she was President of the EESC’s specialized section in employment focusing on job growth and quality employment. For over 10 years, Brenda has overseen the successful delivery of a youth development programme that has been recognised and awarded in the UK.

First 2019/2020 Keynote Lectures Announced

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The staff of the Jean Monnet Module in EU Law and Sustainable Development is pleased to announce the first two keynote lectures of the 2019/2020 academic year. As with the previous two instalments, this new edition will bring a group of leading scholars to Siena in order to explore a series of hot topics at the interface of European Union Law and sustainable development.

On 11 November 2019 (4pm-6pm), the Department of Law of the University of Siena will host Federico Casolari for a lecture on ‘Systemic Violations of the Rule of Law Before the EU Court of Justice.” Casolari is Associate professor of European Union Law at the Alma Mater Studiorum – University of Bologna School of Law where he teaches EU law. He currently serves as member of the Flying Faculty of the China-EU School of Law (CESL), member of the Faculty of the “EU Disaster Response Law in an International Context” Summer School (University of Milano), member of the European Society of International Law and also a member of the Italian Society of International Law.

On 22 November 2019 (11am-13pm), the keynote lecturer will instead be Francesco Munari, Professor of EU law at the University of Genoa, former Jean Monnet Chair of transnational environmental law from 2015 to 2017, and Adjunct Professor at Libera Università degli Studi Sociali (LUISS) Guido Carli in Rome. Prof Munari will deliver a lecture on “The Circular Economy and the New EU Waste Legislation’.

The EULawSD staff is excited to welcome these illustrious voices, who will expand on the issues discussed during the module’s lectures and provide additional insights about the importance of the EU in realizing the vision of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. More information about the keynote lectures, including the biographies of the guest lecturers, is available here. All the lectures will be open to the public.

EULawSD Coordinator Joins UFMG’s Winter Course

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We are happy to announce that EULawSD academic coordinator Riccardo Pavoni has been invited as a lecturer of the 15th International Law Winter Course of the Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais (UFMG), which is organised by the Centro de Estudos em Direito e Negócios (CEDIN) and will take place from July 8 to 19 in Belo Horizonte, Brazil.

In his lectures, Prof Pavoni will teach International Legal Protection of Cultural and Natural Heritage in Armed Conflict. This is an important opportunity to expand EULawSD’s research network with a prestigious academic collaboration, which will foster debate on the role of international law in promoting peaceful, inclusive and sustainable post-conflict societies through the protection of the world’s natural and cultural heritage. In addition, the topic presents crucial linkages with a number of issues addressed by the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, ranging from the relationship between Goals 15 (Life on Land) and 16 (Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions) to the explicit provision on natural and cultural heritage contained in target 11.4.

#EUGreenWeek Brussels Conference to Focus on Implementation of Environmental Laws

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From May 13 to 17, the European Union will celebrate a new edition of its EU Green Week with a series of events in Brussels and across the EU member states. After the publication of its Environmental Implementation Review in April 2019, the European Commission has decided to use this edition to discuss the findings of that review and focus on the application of environmental legislation in Europe more broadly, including by asking questions such as:

  • What benefits do EU environmental laws bring for citizens?
  • What does successful implementation look like?
  • Where are the problem areas?
  • How can stakeholders take ownership of these laws?
  • How can can EU facilitate the process, making sure that the voices of citizens are heard?

The EU Green Week will culminate with the Brussels Conference, taking place at BLUEPOINT Conference Centre from May 15 to 17. A number of the conference sessions will be dedicated to topics that we have explored extensively as part of the Jean Monnet Module in EU Law and Sustainable Development, including the impact of environmental laws on human health, the effectiveness of the Natura 2000 network, and the synergies between environmental goals and the EU Common Agricultural Policy.

To learn more and register for the conference, click here ▶️https://www.eugreenweek.eu/en/brussels-conference.

EULawSD announces collaboration with UEF/UN Environment Course on Multilateral Environmental Agreements

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The staff of the Jean Monnet Module in European Union Law and Sustainable Development (EULawSD) is proud to announce a new collaboration with the prestigious University of Eastern Finland / United Nations Environment Course on Multilateral Environmental Agreements.

Pursuant to the agreement reached between EULawSD and UEF, the EULawSD Module (with the support of the University of Siena and its Department of Law) will co-organize the 2019 edition of the course, which will be themed ‘Emerging Issues in International Environmental Law‘ and will take place in Siena from 14 to 24 October 2019. The two-week, high-profile course is entering its 16th year, having welcomed over 400 participants from 122 countries since 2004. It reaches Italy for the first time, having been previously hosted in Finland (eight times), South Africa (twice), Kenya, Grenada, France, China and Thailand.

The ultimate aim of the UEF/UN Environment course is to improve environmental negotiation capacity and governance worldwide by transferring past experiences in the field of international environmental law to future negotiators of environmental agreements. In addition, the course aims to provide a forum to foster North-South cooperation and to take stock of recent developments in the negotiation and implementation of multilateral environmental agreements and in diplomatic practices in the field.

Each edition concentrates on one specific theme under international environmental law. Through interactive lectures, workshops, and excursions, the course equips participants with basic skills in international environmental law-making, diplomacy and negotiations related to that specific thematic area. It is intended for experienced government officials engaged in international environmental negotiations, but other stakeholders (such as representatives of NGOs and the private sector, researchers and academics in the field of international environmental law) are also eligible.

We are honoured of this opportunity to work with the University of Eastern Finland and UN Environment. This collaboration will further EULawSD’s objective of establishing new partnerships and networks focused on the teaching and study of international and European law for sustainable development. We wish to express our gratitude to the Finnish colleagues for giving our JM Module this high-profile opportunity for expanding its activities and worldwide impact.


In order to learn more about the course and apply, visit https://www.uef.fi/en/web/unep

New EULawSD Keynote Lecture: Arie Reich on The External Impact of the CJEU

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The academic staff of the Jean Monnet Module in European Union Law and Sustainable Development is honoured to announce the fifth keynote lecture of the 2018/2019 series. On May 7th, we will host Prof Arie Reich, Professor of Law at Bar-Ilan University and Jean Monnet Chair of EU Law and Institutions, for a keynote lecture on “The External Impact of the EU Court of Justice“. Beyond the utmost interest of the lecture’s topic, the event also seeks to advance EULawSD’s commitment to developing synergies within the Jean Monnet community. In particular, the external impact of the CJEU jurisprudence relating to sustainable development issues represents a core area that will be explored in the discussion that will follow Prof Reich’s lecture.

The lecture takes place in the framework of Prof. Reich’s visit to the University of Siena’s Department of Law funded by the Erasmus+ ICM Siena-Israel Project, coordinated by Prof. Mario Perini. The lecture is co-organized with the Jean Monnet Module on the Europeanization of Constitutional Law (EUCOLAW), coordinated by Prof. Tania Groppi”.

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Professor Arie Reich is the former Dean and current professor of the Faculty of Law at Bar Ilan University, and a Jean Monnet Chair of EU Law & Institutions. He specializes in International Economic Law and EU Law and has authored over 50 academic books and articles on topics ranging from International Trade Law, Public Procurement Law, European Union Law, Competition Law and Torts. Among them are his books: International Public Procurement Law: The Evolution of International Regimes on Public Purchasing (Kluwer, 1999); and The World Trade Organization and Israel: Law, Economics and Politics (Bar Ilan University Press, 2006). He is a Member of the ICSID Panel of Conciliators and Arbitrators, has served as the President of the Israeli Association for the Study of European Integration, and he is a member of the Executive of the International Academy of Commercial and Consumer Law and a National Correspondent for Israel to the UNCITRAL. He has served as the Chairman of Israel’s Anti-Dumping and Countervailing Duty Tribunal, and as a Member of five different World Trade Organization dispute settlement panels in trade disputes between the US, EU, China and Russia.

He has served as Visiting Professor in UCLA, Georgetown University, University of Toronto, University of Pennsylvania, Columbia University, University of Luxembourg and Monash University, and been a Braudel Senior Fellow at the European University Institute in Florence.

First two webinars of the 2019 EULawSD Webinar Series announced

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The academic staff of the Jean Monnet Module in European Union Law and Sustainable Development is honoured to announce the first two webinars of the 2019 EULawSD Webinar Series. On April 4th (at 3pm CET), we will host Marianne Kettunen, Principal Policy Analyst and Head of the Programme on Global Challenges and SDGs for the Institute for European Environmental Policy (IEEP). Kettunen will discuss the current prospects for SDG implementation in the European Union in the light of the recent Reflection Paper ‘Towards a Sustainable Europe by 2030‘, published by the European Commission in order to highlight different strategies and priorities for the further incorporation the 2030 Agenda in the policies and actions of European institutions and the Union’s member states.

On April 26th (at 12pm CET), Gabriela A. Oanta, Associate Professor of Public International Law at Universidade da Coruña and Director of its University Institute for European Studies, will instead deliver a lecture on whether the European Union’s current approach to negotiating Fisheries Partnership Agreements with third countries can contribute to (or undermine) global efforts to achieve SDG 14 on ‘Life Below Water’.

Both webinars will be visible live on our YouTube channel.

Riccardo Pavoni joins Global Strike for Future’s Siena event

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The Jean Monnet Module in European Union Law and Sustainable Development is pleased to announce its support for the Global Strike for Future, taking place on 15 March 2019 thanks to the efforts of thousands of students and young climate activists from around the world.

On that occasion, coordinator Prof Riccardo Pavoni will join students from the Siena chapter of the Fridays for Future movement and participate in a public panel in which he will discuss the actions that the European Union needs to take to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals and mitigate climate change by 2030.

You can learn more about the Siena event at the following link: https://www.facebook.com/events/4729152600771646/.

UNAB celebrates the visiting professorship of EULawSD’s Riccardo Pavoni

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Following his recent visiting professorship, the Universidad Autonoma de Bucaramanga (UNAB) has taken time to acknowledge the contribution of EULawSD academic coordinator Riccardo Pavoni in advancing the teaching of sustainable development in international and EU law at the Colombian institution.

In an article on its website, UNAB quoted Prof Pavoni as saying that ‘institutions need to design public policies that take all three pillars of sustainable development into account,’ and particularly make sure that economic policies always ‘incorporate principles, actions and provisions on environmental protection,’ thus reflecting the integrated vision contained in the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) adopted by the United Nations in September 2015.

The full web article (in Spanish) is available below.

El docente de derecho internacional y europeo, además de ser coordinador de Erasmus +, Riccardo Pavoni, visitó la UNAB como parte de las actividades de intercambio entre esta institución y dicho programa de la Unión Europea, que tiene como fin brindar apoyo a la educación, formación, juventud y deporte en ese continente.

En su ponencia sobre el principio del desarrollo sostenible en el derecho internacional y el derecho europeo, Pavoni explicó que hay que conciliar el desarrollo económico con la protección del medio ambiente, y para ello es importante que se encuentre el equilibrio entre tres pilares: ecológico, social y económico.

“Las instituciones tienen que proporcionar políticas públicas, medidas que tengan en cuenta todos los pilares, no solamente de manera destacada, el pilar económico y no el ambiental, por ejemplo. Si hay una medida o una ley que conserve la economía o el mercado, esta ley económica tiene que integrar principios, medidas y disposiciones de protección ambiental”, señaló.

Asimismo, habló sobre los 17 Objetivos de Desarrollo Sostenible (ODS), los cuales, según él, si se implementan de manera integrada y no destacada, serán un gran éxito para la humanidad.

Pavoni destacó también el papel fundamental de las universidades en este proceso. “Es claro que es un desarrollo sostenible global que se debe hacer a nivel local. Si no hay un nivel local que implemente los objetivos, no podemos ver el impacto global. Desde las universidades se puede hacer mucho en materia de desafíos. Hay muchas acciones prácticas, pequeñas, que sumadas pueden conducir a un desarrollo sostenible”, indicó.

Desde 2018, la UNAB es una de las 49 instituciones educativas que hace parte del Pacto Mundial de Naciones Unidas que promueve principios para lograr el desarrollo sostenible y el cumplimiento de los ODS.

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European Commission’s Reflection Paper on a Sustainable Europe by 2030 is out!

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On 30 January, the European Commission has finally presented its long-awaited reflection paper on implementing the 2030 Agenda in the EU, which was originally expected in the first half of 2018. The paper, titled ‘Towards a Sustainable Europe by 2030‘, discusses the key policy foundations and horizontal enablers needed to achieve a sustainable Europe by 2030. In addition, the paper presents and analyses three possible scenarios that could shape a Union-wide strategy on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and namely: (i) an overarching SDG strategy to guide all the actions of the EU and its member states; (ii) a continued mainstreaming of the SDGs in the policies of the Commission, without enforcement at the member states’ level; and (iii) a consolidation of existing policies, coupled with an increased focus on the SDGs in the external action of the EU.

In its preliminary assessment of the paper, the Institute for European Environmental Policy (IEEP) has welcomed the urgency and wide scope of the Commission’s work, while also emphasising that only the adoption of the first proposed scenario would be able to deliver on the EU’s commitments by 2030. Moreover, the IEEP recommended a series of concrete policy actions that would be required to implement (and improve upon) the policy foundations and horizontal enablers identified by the Commission.