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.
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.
We are happy to announce that EULawSD Coordinator Riccardo Pavoni will be visiting professor at the Universidad Autónoma de Bucaramanga in Colombia from 4 to 18 February. He will develiver a series of lectures and presentations covering international and European law on environmental human rights, the principle of sustainable development, and EU citizenship rights and the protection of the environment. The visiting professorship is financed by the EU Erasmus+ programme and it will certainly benefit the development of our EULawSD activities.
In the document below, you can find the final calendar of Prof Pavoni’s teaching activities at UNAB.
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.
The latest issue of Transnational Environmental Law (Volume 6 – Issue 3 – November 2017) features a new article by Dario Piselli and Riccardo Pavoni, Programme Manager and Academic Coordinator of the the Jean Monnet Module in European Union Law and Sustainable Development, respectively.
The article reviews ‘Governing Through Goals: Sustainable Development Goals as Governance Innovation‘, a compelling volume edited by Norichika Kanie (Senior Research Fellow at UNU-IAS) and Frank Biermann (Professor of Global Sustainability Governance at the Copernicus Institute of Sustainable Development) which analyses the challenges and opportunities of goal-setting as a governance strategy in the light of the adoption, in September 2015, of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
“Governing through Goals constitutes a compelling contribution to the academic study of the SDGs as a governance strategy and represents a timely reminder that the hard part of the game begins now. Two years after the UN Sustainable Development Summit, the pace of implementation of the SDGs is still insufficient to deliver on the promise of transformative change that surrounded their adoption.
More importantly, there are two inherent risks in wrongly assuming that goal setting alone will move the world towards sustainable development. One such risk is arguably the central concern of this book: that enthusiasm towards goal setting does not appear to be matched by a parallel political will to move away from ‘governance-as-usual’ and devise innovative arrangements to help in managing global public goods in the Anthropocene. The other is the risk of an inadequate level of country ownership of the SDGs, leading to developments at the national level that simply realign existing policies with the SDG framework or fail to effectively integrate the three dimensions of sustainable development.”
The book, published by MIT Press, is available here.
You can read the review here.
Le informazioni relative al corso di Diritto dell’Unione Europea e Sviluppo Sostenibile (EULawSD) sono adesso disponibili sulla Guida dello Studente 2017/2018 del Dipartimento di Giurisprudenza dell’Università degli Studi di Siena.
Il corso, co-finanziato dall’Unione Europea quale Modulo Jean Monnet (Erasmus+ Call for Proposals 2017 – EAC/A03/2016), esamina la relazione tra l’ordinamento giuridico dell’Unione Europea e il concetto di sviluppo sostenibile nelle sue quattro dimensioni (economica, sociale, ambientale e di governance) e alla luce dell’Agenda 2030 e relativi Obiettivi per lo Sviluppo Sostenibile (Sustainable Development Goals) approvati dall’Assemblea Generale delle Nazioni Unite il 25 settembre 2015.
Il corso offre agli studenti la possibilità di approfondire le loro conoscenze in materia di diritto dello sviluppo sostenibile alla luce del quadro giuridico internazionale ed europeo, ed illustra in particolar modo l’azione interna ed esterna dell’Unione Europea rilevante per l’attuazione degli Obiettivi per lo Sviluppo Sostenibile delle Nazioni Unite.
Per saperne di più, è possibile prendere visione della Guida al seguente indirizzo: https://www.dgiur.unisi.it/sites/st05/files/allegatiparagrafo/27-07-2017/notiziario_2017.2018_giurisprudenza_0.pdf