New EULawSD Webinar on the Precautionary Principle Announced

We are pleased to announce a third session of the 2020 EULawSD webinar series, which will take place on 13 July 2020 at 2pm CEST. Alessandra Donati, Senior Research Fellow at the Max Planck Institute Luxembourg for Procedural Law, will join us for a dialogue on ‘The Precautionary Principle Under EU Law: a Brake or a Lever to Sustainable Development?’. The webinar will be visible on EULawSD’s YouTube channel and at this link.

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About the webinar

Set forth by Article 191 § 2 TFUE and embedded in several EU directives and regulations, the precautionary principle is a principle of anticipated action that requires the competent authorities to anticipate the traditional time for the adoption of a measure to protect the environment and public health. This means that decision-makers shall not wait until the risk is certain, from a scientific point of view, but shall act before when the risk is only uncertain.

From this perspective – by preventing the occurrence of majors risks for the environment and public health – the precautionary principle can be considered as a corollary for the achievement of the objective of sustainable development under Article 3 § 3 TUE. Despite its importance for the attainment of sustainable development, the precautionary principle has not been mentioned by the EU Commission in the 2016 communications identifying the framework for the implementation under EU law of the SDGs, and for the time being, is not included in the EU Green Deal. Likewise, the EU institutions have neglected the precautionary principle when dealing with some of the major risks – like pesticides and endocrine disruptors – which could have an impact on the attainment of sustainable development.

Against this backdrop, can we consider that the precautionary principle is a brake or a lever to sustainable development under EU law? To answer this question, and based on the most recent legal texts and case law, the webinar will identify the main advantages and disadvantages of the application of the precautionary principle to the benefit of the present and future generations..

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About the Speaker

Alessandra Donati is a Senior Research Fellow at the Max Planck Institute for Procedural law in Luxembourg. She obtained her PHD at the University Paris 1 Panthéon Sorbonne with a thesis on the precautionary principle under EU law. Alessandra holds a degree in law from the Università Commerciale Luigi Bocconi (Milan) and in economics from the Università Politecnica delle Marche (Ancona). She also holds an LL.M. in French and European Law from the University Paris 1- Panthéon Sorbonne. Alessandra is a member of both the Italian (Milan) and French (Paris) Bar Association.

Before joining the Max Planck Institute as a research fellow, Alessandra practiced law for several years as an attorney in Milan at Chiomenti Studio Legale and in Paris at Castaldi Partners law office. Alessandra is currently teaching at SciencesPo (campus of Nancy) and at the University of Luxembourg. She specializes in European Union law, and namely in EU environmental and food 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.

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.

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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2018/2019 Student Guide Published, EULawSD Keynote Lectures Announced

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.

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.

23 March 2018: Prof. Barbara Pozzo to deliver EULawSD keynote lecture on environmental damage

1052_7_INSUBRIA_0233This week, a new keynote lecture will enrich the activities of our Jean Monnet Module in European Union Law and Sustainable Development. Prof. Barbara Pozzo, among Europe’s leading experts on private and comparative environmental law, will deliver a lecture on “The Trajectory of Environmental Damage in Europe” on Friday, 23 March 2018 at 10:00 CET. The event will be hosted by the Department of Law of the University of Siena (Aula D).

Prof. Barbara Pozzo is Professor of Comparative Law at the Faculty of Law of the University of Insubria in Como (Italy) since 2001, where she teaches Comparative Legal Systems, Comparative Law and Language and Legal Translation. She is the Director of the Summer School Program in Comparative Environmental Law, in association with UC Davis Law School, and approved by the American Bar Association. Since 2002, Prof. Pozzo is also the Director of the Ph. D. Program in Comparative Law at the University of Milan, where she has also served as the Director of the Master Program in Environmental Law (since 2001 and until 2010).

Prof. Pozzo has been visiting professor at the University of Hamburg, Montpellier, Louisiana State University, Fordham University, University of California at Davis, McGeorge School of Law at Pacific University, William S. Boyd School of Law at Nevada University. She is the Editor of two Series: Le Lingue del Diritto (The Languages of the Law) and Diritto ed Economia dell’Ambiente (Law and Economics of the Environment), both published by Giuffrè (Milan).

Prof. Pozzo has collaborated with various EU Institutions, such as Directorate General on Translation and Directorate General – Clima (Unit Adaptation) of the EU Commission, as well as with the EU Parliament.

EULawSD On Tour at University ‘Gabriele d’Annunzio’ of Chieti-Pescara

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We are pleased to announce that the Jean Monnet Module in European Union Law and Sustainable Development will go on tour this week.

On 15-16 February, EULawSD academic coordinator, Prof. Riccardo Pavoni, willl be giving two lectures in Pescara for the ‘PhD course on Business, Institutions, Markets’ (https://economia.unich.it/dec/visualizza.php?type=gruppo&id=76) of the University ‘Gabriele d’Annunzio’ of Chieti-Pescara (https://www.unich.it).

Prof. Pavoni’s lectures will deal with ‘Sustainable Development and Environmental Protection in European Union Law‘ (15 February) and ‘Sustainable Trade and Environmental Protection in the European Single Market‘” (16 February). They will take place under the PhD course’s module on “Sustainable Development and Economic, Social and Cultural Rights”, which will also feature contributions from Professors Francesco Francioni and Ferdinando Franceschelli.

The full program of the course module is available at this link: https://www.dsgs.unich.it/sites/st11/files/locandina_def.pdf.

New Keynote Lecture Announced: Prof. Barbara Pozzo on the trajectory of environmental damage in Europe

1052_7_INSUBRIA_0233We are honoured to announce a new guest for our 2017/2018 EULawSD Keynote Lecture Series. Prof. Barbara Pozzo, among Europe’s leading experts on private and comparative environmental law, will deliver a lecture on “The Trajectory of Environmental Damage in Europe” on Friday, 23 March 2018 at 10:00 CET.

Prof. Barbara Pozzo is Professor of Comparative Law at the Faculty of Law of the University of Insubria in Como (Italy) since 2001, where she teaches Comparative Legal Systems, Comparative Law and Language and Legal Translation. She is the Director of the Summer School Program in Comparative Environmental Law, in association with UC Davis Law School, and approved by the American Bar Association. Since 2002, Prof. Pozzo is also the Director of the Ph. D. Program in Comparative Law at the University of Milan, where she has also served as the Director of the Master Program in Environmental Law (since 2001 and until 2010).

Prof. Pozzo has been visiting professor at the University of Hamburg, Montpellier, Louisiana State University, Fordham University, University of California at Davis, McGeorge School of Law at Pacific University, William S. Boyd School of Law at Nevada University. She is the Editor of two Series: Le Lingue del Diritto (The Languages of the Law) and Diritto ed Economia dell’Ambiente (Law and Economics of the Environment), both published by Giuffrè- Milan.

Prof. Pozzo has collaborated with various EU Institutions, such as Directorate General on Translation and Directorate General – Clima (Unit Adaptation) of the EU Commission, as well as with the EU Parliament.