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

EULawSD announces collaboration with UEF/UN Environment Course on Multilateral Environmental Agreements

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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

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.

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/.

Visiting professorship of Riccardo Pavoni at UNAB

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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.

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.

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.

1 March 2018: EULawSD Webinar with Guido Schmidt-Traub

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On 1 March 2018 (11.30am CET), the Jean Monnet Module on European Union Law and Sustainable Development (EULawSD), in collaboration with the University of Siena, will host the first session of its EULawSD Webinar Series 2018 on YouTube.

The EULawSD Webinar Series complements the teaching activities of the EULawSD Jean Monnet Module, which is coordinated by Prof. Riccardo Pavoni (Department of Law, University of Siena) and co-funded by the European Commission for the period 2017-2020. Each webinar is aimed at fostering a lively public debate on the role of the European Union as a key actor in the achievement of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, 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.

EULawSD’s first guest will be Dr. Guido Schmidt-Traub, Executive Director of the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN).  One of the world’s leading experts on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the 2030 Agenda, Dr. Schmidt-Traub will discuss the current trends and scenarios for their implementation in the European context, the challenges of financing and monitoring of progress, and the role that the European Union can play in the achieving sustainable development in third countries.

The webinar will be visible live on EULawSD’s YouTube channel, and will be recorded at this link for future viewing. Set a reminder!

  • Where? On EULawSD’s Youtube Channel: “EU Law and Sustainable Development” or just below on this page!
  • When? Thursday, 1 March 2018, 11.30 – 12.30 CET
  • More info: eulawsd@unisi.it
  • FB Event Page: https://www.facebook.com/events/1610786645681932/

The webinar will be held in English and is open to all internet users, without registration.

Announcement of PRIMA Calls for Research and Innovation in the Mediterranean Area

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On 29 January, the Partnership for Research and Innovation in the Mediterranean Area (PRIMA) announced the launch of its two calls for proposals for 2018 with a public event hosted by the University of Siena, to which the EULawSD team has participated with its academic coordinator, Prof. Riccardo Pavoni.

The PRIMA initiative was officially established pursuant to Decision 2017/1324 of the European Parliament and of the Council entered into force on 7 August 2017, and consists of 15 participating States from both the EU and neighboring countries, including Algeria, Croatia, Cyprus, France, Germany, Greece, Israel, Italy, Luxembourg, Malta, Portugal, Slovenia, Spain and Tunisia (Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon and Morocco are also expected to join PRIMA). Its aim is to build research and innovation capacities among the participating countries, as well as to develop knowledge and common solutions for agro-food systems and water provision in the Mediterranean area, in order to make to make them sustainable, in line with the 2030 Agenda of the United Nations and its 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

For 2018, PRIMA calls will be divided into 2 Section, both starting on 8 February. Section 1 (submission deadline: 17 February) will cover three topics: (i) water use and water desalination for agricultural and food production; (ii) improving the sustainability of Mediterranean agro-ecosystems; and (iii) implementing innovation in Mediterranean agro-food chains by smallholders and SMEs. Section 2 (deadline: 27 March) will instead include nine additional topics, consistent with the three PRIMA thematic areas (integrated and sustainable management of water for arid and semi-arid Mediterranean areas; sustainable farming systems under Mediterranean environmental constraints; and sustainable Mediterranean agro-food value chain for regional and local development).

The calls will be open to the Euro-Mediterranean scientific communities, stakeholders and private entities (in this last case, through joint research consortia with public research organizations, universities and end users). Section 1 actions and activities will be organized, managed and funded by the PRIMA Foundation, whereas Section 2 activities will be organized by the PRIMA Foundation and funded by the national funding bodies of participating States.

For more information, read PRIMA’s official announcement here or visit PRIMA’s website at http://www.prima4med.org.

EULawSD sulla Guida di Dipartimento 2017/2018

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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