In this De Gasperi seminar, Dr. Elisa Tizzoni will present the research she conducted in the context of the European Court of Auditors Postgraduate Research Grant Programme (2020) at the Historical Archives of the European Union (HAEU), and discuss her findings with Dr. Sabrina Brizioli, post-doctoral fellow at the Department of Law of the University of Perugia and visiting fellow at the EUI in the Law Department.
Dr. Elisa Tizzoni’s research investigates the contribution of the European Court of Auditors (ECA) to the environmental awareness of the European bodies and the member states and its commitment to the cause of sustainable development. Although the role of the Court in the environmental turn of the European Community is barely recognised, the contribution of the European Court of Auditors went far beyond prompting accountability and transparency in environment-related programmes and policies.
Against this background, her research project seeks to shed light on the contribution of the European Court of Auditors in the field of environmental protection, in order to assess how the Court supported the adoption of sustainable development patterns within the European Community and the European Union from 1977 to nowadays. This research brings together methods and conceptual tools from environmental history and political sciences, and relies on a vast array of sources held at the Historical Archives of the European Union (HAEU).
Dr. Elisa Tizzoni has worked as a Researcher and as an Adjunct Professor at the Universities of Pisa, Florence, Padua, Innsbruck and other cultural institutions in Europe. She has been Vibeke Sørensen Research Fellow at the HAEU and Visiting Fellow at the European University Institute (EUI). She is currently Adjunct Professor in Modern European History at the University of Pisa.
The discussant, Dr. Sabrina Brizioli, visiting fellow at the EUI in the Law Department, has been awarded a fellowship to conduct research at the HAEU in the context of the Interdisciplinary Research Cluster on Environmental Challenges and Climate Change Governance. This cluster provides a forum for collaboration on climate and environmental governance within the EUI, in addition to promoting exchange and joint initiatives with business, government, NGOs and academic colleagues beyond the EUI.
Gilberto Moggia, Senior Official at the European Court of Auditors, and Jean-Marie Palayret, former Director of the Historical Archives of the European Union, will also actively participate to the seminar as members of the Selection Committee for the European Court of Auditors Postgraduate Research Grant Programme (2020).