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Riccardo Pavoni to Hold ELSA Italy’s Webinar on the European Parliament

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The EULawSD staff is pleased to announce that on Tuesday, April 7th (11am CEST time) our coordinator Riccardo Pavoni will hold a webinar on the powers and functioning of the European Parliament in the context of ‘ELSA Italy for European Constitution‘. The initiative constitutes the first International Open Legislation simulation hosted by the Italian branch of ELSA, the European Law Students’ Association.

During the webinar, Riccardo will also discuss the role and actions taken by the European Parliament to implement the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) agreed by the United Nations in September 2015 and more broadly promote sustainable development in the European Union and beyond.

To register or learn more about the webinar, which is open to all ELSA Members, visit https://www.facebook.com/events/882465718871702/.

More information on ‘ELSA Italy for European Constitution’ is also available on ELSA Italy’s website here: https://www.elsa-italy.org/blog/news/openlegislation/.

 

Elena Cima to Join Second Session of the 2020 EULawSD Webinar Series

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We are proud to announce that the second session of the 2020 EULawSD webinar series will take place on Tuesday, 28th April. For the occasion, we will welcome Elena Cima, who is a Lecturer at the Pôle de Gouvernance de l’Environnement et Développement Territorial of the University of Geneva, as well as at its Faculty of Law. Elena will join us for a dialogue on ‘The EU and the Modernisation of the Energy Charter Treaty: What Could it Mean for Climate Action?’.

In particular, the webinar will focus on the process of modernisation that the Energy Charter Treaty (ECT) is currently undergoing, with the active participation of all its Parties. Given the important role that the energy sector plays in relation to both contributing to climate change and providing mitigation solutions, the reform of the ECT presents a unique opportunity to ensure that the new text of the Treaty facilitates and increases investments in the energy sector in a sustainable way. As such, Elena will explore the position of the European Union, as well as some of its Member States, which emphasises the need to design a “modernized ECT which should reflect climate change and clean energy transition goals and contribute to the achievement of the objectives of the Paris Agreement.” Although none of the items open for discussion and reform explicitly refers to or mentions climate change, Elena will argue that many of the core provisions of the Treaty could, if drafted differently, provide for more climate-friendly developments in the EU and beyond.

The webinar will be visible on the YouTube channel of the EULawSD Module or in the box below. As usual, it will be possible to join the event live and ask questions to our speaker.

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About the speaker

Elena Cima is a Lecturer in International Energy and Environmental Law at the University of Geneva. She holds a PhD Degree in International Law from the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva, a Bachelor of Laws LL. B from the University of Milan and an LL.M degree from Yale Law School, where she was editor of the Yale Journal of International Law.

Previously, she studied at Harvard Law School (Department of East Asian Legal Studies) and then moved to Beijing, where she was Marie Curie Fellow at Tsinghua University and Beijing Normal University and worked as a researcher for over two years on projects funded by the European Commission on energy trade and investment. Her research interests include international trade and environmental law, U.S. and Chinese energy law and policy, and the interfaces between energy and international law.

First Session of the 2020 EULawSD Webinar Series Announced

 

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After the final event of its 2019 edition, which saw ESADE Research Fellow Giovanni Gruni discuss sustainability obligations in EU Free Trade Agreements, the academic staff of the Jean Monnet Module in EU Law and Sustainable Development is proud to announce the first session of the 2020 EULawSD Webinar Series.

The new webinar will take place on February 6th, 2020 at 2pm CET, and will be hosted on EULawSD’s YouTube channel. Dr Ioanna Hadjiyianni, Lecturer in Law at the University of Cyprus, will present her volume The EU as a Global Regulator for Environmental Protection (Hart Publishing 2019), which aims to identify and explain the emerging legal phenomenon of internal environmental measures with extraterritorial implications as an important manifestation of EU global regulatory power.

To join the webinar and save the date, click here or view it below:

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About the speaker

Ioanna is currently a lecturer in Law at the University of Cyprus. She is currently teaching EU and climate change law and researching the global reach of EU law in the area of environmental protection. Ioanna was formerly a Max Weber Postdoctoral Fellow at the European University Institute. She was an active member of the EUI Environmental Law Working Group and the EUI inter-disciplinary thematic research group on ‘Europe in the World’. She also undertook the Max Weber Programme Teaching Certificate.

She received her PhD from the Dickson Poon School of Law, King’s College London in June 2017 under the supervision of Dr Eloise Scotford and Dr Federico Ortino. Her thesis investigated the extraterritorial reach of EU environmental law. She has taught EU Law and Environmental Law at King’s College London as a visiting lecturer. Prior to joining King’s, she was a Schumann trainee at the Committee on Petitions at the European Parliament in Brussels. Ioanna holds a Master of Laws (LLM) in Environmental Law and Policy from University College London and an LLB in English and European Law from Queen Mary University of London.

Presentation of book chapter on EU Biodiversity Law and its Health Impacts

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Dario Piselli, programme manager of the Jean Monnet Module on EU Law and Sustainable Development) was invited to discuss the health impacts of EU biodiversity law during a seminar organised by the Centre for International Environmental Studies of the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, which took place on November 21st in Geneva. The seminar was part of the Fall 2019 edition of the CIES Lunch Seminar Series, a series of interdisciplinary research seminars on environmental, natural resource and development issues aimed at the dissemination of research results to academic experts and policymakers.

Mr Piselli, who is a PhD candidate and affiliate member of the Centre for International Environmental Studies,  presented the book chapter on ‘EU biodiversity law and its health impacts‘ that he recently co-authored together with EULawSD academic coordinator Riccardo Pavoni. In particular, he focused on the interaction between EU nature conservation legislation and human health and well-being considerations, as articulated in the Birds and Habitats Directives (Dir. 2009/147/EC and Dir.92/43/EEC) and their interpretation by the Court of Justice of the European Union.

Publication of book chapter on the health impacts of EU Biodiversity Law

Prof Riccardo Pavoni and Dario Piselli, respectively academic coordinator and programme manager of the Jean Monnet Module in EU Law and Sustainable Development, have recently co-authored a chapter on ‘EU Biodiversity Law and its health impacts‘ for the upcoming volume ‘Environmental Health in International and EU Law‘, edited by Prof Stefania Negri and published by Routledge in the new series of Routledge-Giappichelli Studies in Law.

In recent years, and with growing intensity since the adoption of the Paris Agreement, the concept of environmental health has emerged as a fundamental prism through which to analyse the complex interplay between global health and environmental law. Environmental risks, ranging from soil, water and air pollution to waste management and land use change, are now estimated to contribute to one quarter of the global disease burden, amounting to at least 13 million deaths per year according to assessments conducted by the World Health Organization.

Debates proliferate in multilateral fora ranging from the World Health Assembly to the Conference of the Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, covering aspects including the environmental determinants of health, the social-ecological dynamics of infectious disease emergence, and the direct and indirect health benefits arising from the fight against environmental degradation. As a consequence, the need to harness synergies between these two areas of global policy-making also becomes more urgent.

Within this context, the chapter deals with the health impacts of current European legislation in the field of biodiversity, and the possibility for a more effective integration of human health and well-being within its provisions. It addresses the progressive incorporation of  health considerations in the Habitats and Birds directives and in the Invasive Alien Species regulation, the use of health-related arguments in the biodiversity jurisprudence of the Court of Justice of the European Union, and the linkage between environment and health in the application of the precautionary principle.

Overall, the chapter argues that if one excludes some limited attempts by the European Commission to mainstream socio-economic benefits in the management of the Natura 2000 network, the Habitats and Birds Directives’ critical role for health essentially remains a side-effect of their conservation aims. In particular, as the Directives continue to suffer from poor implementation and compliance at the national level, the chapter suggests that a more effective integration of human health and well-being within their provisions could significantly strengthen these instruments’ contribution to the achievement of the EU Biodiversity Strategy.

The volume ‘Environmental Health in International and EU Law: Current Challenges and Legal Responses‘ is now available for pre-order at this link.

New 2019/2020 keynote lecture by Lorenzo Gradoni 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 third keynote lecture of its 2019/2020 EULawSD series, which will take place between the two previously-announced events with Prof Federico Casolari (12 November) and Prof Francesco Munari (22 November).

On November 20th, we will host Prof Lorenzo Gradoni, Senior Research Fellow at the Max Planck Institute Luxembourg for International, European and Regulatory Procedural Law, for a keynote lecture on “The Theory and Practice of Counter-Limits Versus the Primacy of International and EU Law“. The lecture will take place in the University of Siena’s Department of Law (via P.A. Mattioli 10, 53100 Siena, Italy).

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About the speaker
Lorenzo Gradoni is Senior Research Fellow at the Max Planck Institute Luxembourg for International, European and Regulatory Procedural Law. Before joining the Max Planck Institute Luxembourg, Lorenzo Gradoni was associate professor of International Law at the University of Bologna. He was also Guest at the Institute (2015), visiting professor at the Ecole de Droit de la Sorbonne (2011-14) and Research Assistant at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies (2009-10). He holds a PhD in EU Law from the University of Bologna (2003).

He’s the recipient of the Italian Society of International Law Prize (2008) and the European Society of International Law Book Prize (2010). His main research interests include international legal theory, international inter-systemic law, international law and politics, WTO law, and international criminal law.

Closing of the 16th University of Eastern Finland / UN Environment Course on Multilateral Environmental Agreements

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After two weeks of intensive lectures and negotiating exercises, the 16th edition of the Course on Multilateral Agreements Agreements will come to its conclusion on October 24th, 2019 with a closing event in the Aula Magna of the University of Siena Department of Law. The course, which was co-organised by the UN Environment Programme (UN Environment), the University of Eastern Finland, the Department of Law of the University of Siena and the Jean Monnet Module in European Union Law and Sustainable Development, convened this year under the theme ‘Emerging Issues in International Environmental Law‘.

For 10 days, 35 between diplomats, government officials and NGO representatives attended lectures, videoconferences and roundtables focusing on a broad range of ‘hot’ topics in multilateral environmental negotiations, ranging from the post-2020 global biodiversity framework and the protection of marine biodiversity to the regulation of geo-engineering, chemicals and short-lived climate pollutants.

In addition, the participants were provided with key negotiating skills and eventually engaged in a simulation of negotiations relating to the governance of biodiversity in areas beyond national jurisdiction, mirroring the actual negotiations that are currently ongoing under the auspices of the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS).

The academic staff of the EULawSD module is grateful for the opportunity it had to co-host the course and would like to congratulate all the participants upon their expertise and engagement. The staff also extends its congratulations to organisers from UN Environment and the University of Eastern Finland for the overwhelming success of the initiative.

To read more about the 16th edition of the MEA Course, visit http://www.uef.fi/en/web/unep.

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’. This EULawSD Keynote Lecture is organised together with Europedirect Siena.

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.