16th edition of the University of Eastern Finland / UN Environment course on Multilateral Environmental Agreements to start in Siena next week

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Siena, 9 October 2019 – From 14 to 24 October, the Department of Law of the University of Siena will host the 16th edition of the prestigious course on Multilateral Environmental Agreements organised by UN Environment and the University of Eastern Finland (UEF).

The course, which is co-funded by the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland and UN Environment, aims to equip participants with in-depth skills in environmental diplomacy and international environmental law, building capacity among present and future negotiators of multilateral environmental agreements and fostering North-South cooperation.

For two weeks, more than thirty participants (including government officials, environmental diplomats, researchers and representatives of non-governmental organisation and the private sector) will take part in lectures and practical negotiating exercises together with leading experts and practitioners in the topics of the course.

The course, themed ‘Emerging Issues in International Environmental Law’ for this new edition, reaches Italy for the first time after being hosted by Finland (eight times), South Africa (twice), Kenya, Grenada, France, China and Thailand.

The achievement is a result of the collaboration between UN Environment, the University of Eastern Finland and the Jean Monnet Module in European Union Law and Sustainable Development (EULawSD), co-funded by European Commission for the period 2017-2020 and coordinated by Prof Riccardo Pavoni from the University of Siena’s Department of Law.

The opening event of the course will take place on October 14th at 9.20 in the Aula Magna of the Department of Law, and it will be open to the public. The Rector of the University of Siena, the Rector’s Delegate for International Affairs and the Director of the Department of Law will introduce the meeting with some welcoming remarks, followed by the keynote addresses by Tita Korvenoja, Chief of Branch, Governance and Conventions, Law Division, UN Environment and Elisa Morgera, Professor of Global Environmental Law at the University of Strathclyde. The session, chaired by Prof Riccardo Pavoni, will focus on the capacity of the current structure of international environmental governance to deal with emerging environmental issues such as the conservation and sustainable use of marine biodiversity beyond national jurisdiction and the reduction of short-lived climate pollutants. The agenda of the event is available here (in Italian).

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For additional information, please visit the course’s official website http://www.uef.fi/web/unep.

Media inquiries

Bradlie Luisa Ana Martz-Sigala (Coordinator of the UEF / UN Environment course)
email: mea-course@uef.fi

Dario Piselli (Programme manager of the EULawSD Jean Monnet Module)
email: dario.piselli@unisi.it

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.

#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.

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/.

EULawSD to co-host keynote lecture on human rights and the environment in the Inter-american System

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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.

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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.

New EULawSD Webinar announced: Enrico Giovannini on the SDGs and the future of the European Union

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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!

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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.

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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/

EULawSD joins JM Summer School on Climate Change, Health and the Environment

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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.