EULawSD Webinars

The EULawSD module organises yearly series of webinars to complement teaching activities, engage with practitioners, and foster debate with the general public.

Webinars are set up through YouTube Live and uploaded to this website for permanent use. These 1-hour events are set up during both the duration of the course and the other months of each year, in order to continue the discussion with students and other stakeholders. The webinars’ outputs also provide the basis for further dissemination activities (e.g. blog posts, policy papers) undertaken by the teaching staff.

The topics of the webinars are calibrated according to the themes touched upon during the course, while also building upon them to analyse case studies and recent developments in the larger context of international and EU law on sustainable development. Invitees include experts on EU law and sustainable development, policy-makers and practitioners, relying upon the networks of the teaching staff as well as on the opportunities arising from the collaboration with SDSN.

To join the webinars on EULawSD’s YouTube Channel, click here.

▶️ To read more about the webinars of the 2019 edition, click here.

▶️ To read more about the webinars of the 2018 edition, click here.

Webinars of the 2020 edition

13 July 2020, 2.00PM – 3.00PM CEST

Alessandra Donati (Senior Research Fellow AT ThE MAX PLANCK INSTITUTE FOR PROCEDURAL LAW), ‘THE PRECAUTIONARY Principle Under EU Law: A brake or a lever to sustainable development?’

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.

28 April 2020, 2.00PM – 3.00PM CEST

Elena Cima (Lecturer at the ISE/GEDT and Faculty of Law, University of Geneva), ‘The EU and the Modernization of the Energy Charter Treaty: What Could it Mean for Climate Action?’


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.

6 February 2020, 2.00PM – 3.00PM CET

Ioanna Hadjiyianni (Lecturer in Law, University of Cyprus), ‘The EU as a Global Regulator for Environmental Protection’


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 akso 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.