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International and European Environmental Law and Governance

There is a strong interest within the Law Department in different substantive areas of environmental law as well as different approaches to environmental regulation and governance. Recent research in this area has focussed particularly upon climate change, exploring issues such as climate change ‘unilateralism’ (most notably on the part of the EU), the governance of the ‘energy trilemma’ (the need to maintain energy security, competitiveness while addressing climate change), and the mitigation of greenhouse gas emissions from international shipping. 

Members of the Department have published widely in other areas of environmental law and governance, including chemicals regulation, water law, the diffusion of environmental norms, the intersection of international trade and environment and novel approaches to environmental governance.

Research in other themes also intersects with environmental law and governance. This includes research examining the global reach of EU law, regulatory theory, the role of indicators as a tool of global governance, the governance of science, the protection of intellectual property, public interest interest lawyering in Europe and investor-state arbitration. 

There are a number of EUI researchers currently working on this theme, exploring topics such as the relationship between environment and human rights, climate change adaptation and the role of non-state actors in climate change governance. A group of researchers has recently re-established a Working Group on environmental law. 

For a more detailed indication of the supervisory interests of Prof. Scott, please click on her website:

Page last updated on 06 April 2021

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