EIEL Webinars

The EIEL module organises a yearly series of webinars to complement teaching activities, engage with practitioners, and foster debate with European civil society.

Webinars are broadcasted live on EIEL’s YouTube channel and uploaded to the website for permanent use. 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 EIEL teaching course but also build upon them to analyse case studies and recent developments in the larger context of European and international environmental law. Invitees include environmental law researchers, policymakers and practitioners, relying upon the networks of the teaching staff as well as on the opportunities arising from our collaboration with partner organisations.

EIEL Webinars 2020-2023

26 January 2023 | 2.30pm CET
Marie-Catherine Petersmann (Senior Researcher, Tilburg University): When Environmental Protection and Human Rights Collide – the Politics of Conflict Management by Regional Courts

Marie Petersmann is a Senior Researcher at Tilburg Law School, where she works as part of the ‘Constitutionalizing in the Anthropocene’ project, and currently a Resident Fellow at the Istituto Svizzero in Rome (2022-2023). Prior to that, she was a Postdoctoral Fellow (SNF) at the Copernicus Institute of Sustainable Development (Utrecht) and Teaching Associate at the Strathclyde Center for Environmental Law and Governance (Glasgow).

She earned a PhD and LLM in International Law from the European University Institute (Florence) and an MA in International Law from the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies (Geneva). In 2022, she was awarded a Veni grant from the Dutch NWO for her project on ‘Anthropocene Legalities: Reconfiguring Relations with/in More-than-human Worlds’.

29 September 2022 | 3.30pm CET
Anne Dienelt (Post-Doctoral Research Fellow, University of Hamburg): Armed Conflicts and the Environment – Refining IHL through by international environmental treaties & human rights?

Anne Dienelt, mâitre en droit (Aix-en-Provence) works as a senior research fellow and lecturer at the University of Hamburg. She currently researches questions of resilience in terms of law in light of crises, such as climate change or pandemics.

She has completed her doctorate in public international law on Armed Conflicts and the Environment, with a particular focus on international humanitarian law, international environmental law, and human rights law. Her first monograph, ‘Armed Conflicts and the Environment – Complementing the Laws of Armed Conflict with Human Rights Law and International Environmental Law’ has been published by Springer in 2022.

20 January 2022 | 3pm CET
Riccardo Luporini (Post-Doctoral Research Fellow, Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna): Human Rights-Based Litigation on Climate Change: Realities, Potential and Drawbacks

Riccardo Luporini obtained his PhD from the Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna with a dissertation concerning the relationships between climate change, disasters and human rights under international law. He has been Visiting PhD Fellow at the Centre for International Law and Governance, University of Copenhagen.

In addition, he has served as assistant to the Special Rapporteur on the topic “Protection of persons in the event of disasters” at the 68th session of the UN International Law Commission and as blue book trainee at the European Commission Directorate-General for Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations.

30 October 2020 | 2pm CET
Marjan Peeters (Professor of Environmental Policy and Law, Maastricht University): Understanding EU Environmental Law in the Age of the European Green Deal

Marjan Peeters holds the position of Professor of Environmental Policy and Law since April 2008. Marjan started in 1987 with studying environmental law. Since then, she has been focusing on understanding how a high level of environmental protection can be effectively and efficiently reached based on the rule of law and in the context of sustainable development. Core research attention goes to legal aspects of climate change, regulatory instruments for emission reduction, and the way how law deals with uncertain risks. Marjan has co-edited more than 6 books in the field of EU environmental and climate law, and she has supervised – and is still supervising – several PhD projects.

Her latest books are Climate Change Law (2016), co-edited with Daniel A Farber, and the Research Handbook on EU environmental law (2020), co-edited with Mariolina Eliantonio.

You can access the slides from her presentation here.

15 January 2021 | 2pm CET
Leonie Reins (Assistant Professor, Tilburg University): Where Eagles Dare in EU Environmental Law: How Far May Member States Go Through Unilateral Measures?

Dr. Leonie Reins joined Tilburg Law School as an Assistant Professor at the Tilburg Institute for Law, Technology and Society (TILT) in 2017. Prior to joining TILT, she worked as a PhD Candidate and then as a Post-Doctoral Researcher at KU Leuven (Belgium). Her research project on “the coherent regulation on energy and environment – using shale gas as a case study”, was financed by the Research Foundation Flanders (FWO). In addition Leonie worked as Legal Advisor at a Brussels-based environmental law and policy consultancy, where she was involved in projects relating to environmental, energy and climate change law and policy.

She has been part of, and managed, several complex multi-country legal and policy studies for the European Institutions. These projects dealt with a range of topics, such as the precautionary principle and risk management, unconventional gas and environmental claims. Leonie’s work has been published in leading journals, such as Environmental Liability and the Review of European, Comparative & International Environmental Law. Her 2017 monograph on the regulation of shale gas was published with Edward Elgar. In 2017, she co-authored the volume ‘EU Environmental Law’ (Edward Elgar) with Prof Geert van Calster.

You can access the slides from her presentation here.

The EULawSD Webinar Series

From 2017 to 2020, the Jean Monnet Module in European Union Law and Sustainable Development hosted 10 webinars to discuss the role of the European legal order in ensuring the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Speakers included a wide range of academics, practitioners and representatives of think tanks and civil society organisations.

You can still watch all past webinars on our YouTube channel.

Contact Information

Dipartimento di Giurisprudenza
Università degli Studi di Siena
Via P.A. Mattioli 10
53100 Siena (Italy)
Phone: +39 0577 233194
Office Hours: Tuesdays, hrs 11.00-13.00
Email: pavoni@unisi.it

Who we are

The EIEL module, hosted by the University of Siena, aims to provide students, practitioners and civil society with in-depth knowledge about the state of the art of European and international environmental law and policy, its achievements and challenges, and its interaction with emerging environmental issues and landmark intergovernmental processes.