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.
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.
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”.
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.
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.
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/.
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.
The EULawSD staff is honored to announce that on October 24th at 10.00am it will co-host Prof. Julian Eduardo Prada Uribe (Universidad Autónoma de Bucaramanga), for a keynote lecture on “Medio Ambiente y Derechos Humanos en el Sistema Interoamericano de Derechos Humanos“.
The lecture, which will focus on the interplay between human rights and the environment at a time of critical developments within the Inter-american System of human rights, will take place in the Aula Vitale of the University of Siena’s Plesso San Francesco (Piazza San Francesco 7, 53100 Siena, Italy). It is co-organized with the Jean Monnet Module on The Europeanization of Constitutional Law, coordinated by Prof Tania Groppi.
Prof Julian Eduardo Prada Uribe is a full time associate professor at the Universidad Autónoma de Bucaramanga (UNAB) since January 2010. He has been the academic coordinator of the Law School of the UNAB from 2013 to 2017 and previously worked as legal counsel in Bucaramanga for a number of years.
The keynote lectures of the EULawSD Module are public events aimed at exposing the course participants to a leading figure (scholar, expert or practitioner) in EU or international law and sustainable development, which touch on the most relevant issues and challenges in the field while also focusing on key themes that will be different each year. The 2-hour lectures seek to raise awareness among the general public about the importance of the EU in realizing the vision of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
You can join the event page on Facebook here.
The EULawSD academic staff is proud to announce that the fourth session of the 2018 EULawSD Webinar Series will take place on 16 October 2018 at 10.00am CEST. For the session, we will have the pleasure of hosting Enrico Giovannini, Full Professor of Economic Statistics at the University of Rome Tor Vergata and Spokesperson of ASviS, the Italian Alliance for Sustainable Development.
A former Chief Statistician at the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) and Minister for Labor and Social Policies of Italy in 2013-2014, Prof Giovannini will analyse the challenges facing Italy and the European Union in the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. In doing so, Prof Giovannini will also illustrate the findings of the 2018 ASviS Annual Report and discuss the current and future efforts of European institutions towards the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
The webinar will be visible live on our YouTube channel, and will be recorded at this link for future viewing: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BC0sMl1hmRM. Set a reminder to save the date!
About Enrico Giovannini:
Enrico Giovannini is an Italian economist and statistician, member of the Club of Rome. Since 2002 he is full professor of economic statistics at the Rome University “Tor Vergata”. He is professor of public management at the LUISS University, Senior Fellow of the LUISS School of European Political Economy, Visiting Fellow at the European Political Strategy Centre of the European Commission, Vice-president of the High Level Group on Competitiveness and Growth of the European Council, Member of the European Statistical Governance Advisory Board (ESGAB) responsible for supervising the functioning of the European Statistical System, Co-chair of the “Independent Expert Advisory Group on the Data Revolution for Sustainable Development” established by the Secretary General of the United Nations, Member of the “Commission économique de la Nation” established by the French government.
From 28th April 2013 to 22 February 2014 he was Minister of Labour and Social Policies in the Italian Government. From August 2009 to April 2013 he was President of the Italian Statistical Institute (Istat). From January 2001 to July 2009 he was Director of Statistics and Chief Statistician of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). He is author of more than ninety articles on statistical and economic topics, as well as four books.
About the EULawSD Webinar Series:
The EULawSD Webinar Series complements the teaching activities of the Jean Monnet Module in European Union Law and Sustainable Development hosted by the Università degli Studi di Siena. Each webinar is aimed at fostering outreach to (and debate with) the general public on highly relevant European issues, and offers all interested citizens the opportunity to engage with leading experts and practitioners in the fields of European Union law and governance, sustainability science, international economics, and many more.
For more information about our speakers, visit https://eulawsd.org/videos/eulawsd-webinars/
The EULawSD academic staff is pleased to announce the release of the 2018/2019 student guide for the Master’s Degree in Law of the University of Siena, which contains a series of useful information concerning the European Union Law and Sustainable Development teaching course. The Student Guide can be downloaded here.
In this context, the Module staff would also like to announce the first three keynote lectures of the 2018/2019 academic year, which will bring three leading scholars to Siena in order to explore a series of hot topics at the interface of European Union Law and sustainable development:
- 19 November 2018, 16.00-18.00 | Jorge E. Viñuales (Harold Samuel Chair of Law and Environmental Policy at the University of Cambridge; founder and former Director of the Cambridge Centre for Environment, Energy and Natural Resource Governance): “Towards a Global Pact for the Environment”
- 22 November 2018, 11.00-13.00 | Laura Pineschi (Professor of International Law at the Department of Law of the University of Parma): “International Environmental Law and the European Union”
- 7 December 2018, 11.00-13.00 | Giuseppe Cataldi (Professor of International Law at Università degli Studi di Napoli L’Orientale): “Exclusive Fishing Zones and Ecological Protection Zones in the Mediterranean Sea Between European Union Law and National Claims”.
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.
The EULawSD team is pleased to announce that EULawSD academic coordinator, Prof Riccardo Pavoni, will join the Jean Monnet Summer School on “Climate Change, Health and the Environment“, taking place at the University of Salerno on 2-6 July 2018.
Prof. Pavoni has been invited to teach “Legal protection of biodiversity and climate change” at the Summer School, and on 4 July he will also join a strategic workshop between Jean Monnet Chair and Module holders to discuss how to create teaching and research synergies between JM actions on European health and environmental law.
The Summer School will kick-off on 2 July with an opening conference that will convene leading scholars on the topic of the international and EU dimensions of climate change law and governance.
More information are available on the Summer School’s website.