Marjan Peeters to Join Inaugural EIEL Module Webinar

The academic staff of the Jean Monnet Module in European and International Environmental Law (EIEL) is pleased to announce its inaugural EIEL webinar, which will take place on October 30 at 2pm Central European Time (14.00).

For the first session, the EIEL module will welcome Prof Marjan Peeters, Professor of Environmental Policy and Law at Maastricht University and its Maastricht Centre for European Law (MCEL). Her online presentation will try to unpack the achievements and challenges facing the EU environmental legal order as the Union’s institutions seek to operationalise the European Green Deal. Prof Peeters will particularly delve into the concerns related to the compliance with, and enforcement of, EU environmental law, highlighting the important role of civil society and of the Court of Justice of the European Union. In addition, Prof Peeters will discuss the question of how to teach this complex and dynamic field at a time of critical policy developments, and points at the great possibility of using webinars for teaching purposes.

Prof Peeters holds her position at Maastricht University since April 2008. She 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. Prof Peeters 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.

The webinar will be streamed below or at the following link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U5vuoWjQFfM. It will remain online for future viewing.

Announcing the New Jean Monnet Module in European and International Environmental Law (EIEL)

The academic staff of the Jean Monnet Module in ‘European and International Environmental Law‘ (EIEL) is excited to announce that the European Commission, through its Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency (EACEA), has awarded them with an Erasmus+ grant for Jean Monnet Activities, as part of its 2020 call for proposals.

The EIEL module is closely related to, and builds upon, the activities of the Jean Monnet Module in ‘European Union Law and Sustainable Development‘ (EULawSD), which was similarly hosted by the Department of Law of the University of Siena (Italy) and was implemented from 2017 to 2020. In particular, the new module 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.

Two overarching themes will run through the module, informing the discussion of both cross-cutting and sectoral topics in all project activities. The first is the importance that will be attributed to the most pressing and/or emerging issues in European and international environmental law, with an emphasis on the Union’s approach to the two major planetary crisis of climate change and biodiversity loss and its role in the implementation of the relevant international legal instruments (i.e. the Paris Agreement, the Convention on Biological Diversity and its post-2020 framework). The second will be represented by a particular focus on implementation and enforcement at the level of the EU and its Member States, consistent with the outstanding needs outlined in the Commission’s latest Environmental Implementation Review (2019).

The EIEL module will be implemented for three years starting on September 1st, 2020. Module activities will consist of the following: (i) 50 hours of lectures, group discussions and seminars across four courses offered by the Department of Law; (ii) engagement of academics, practitioners and civil society through public keynote lectures, webinars and a final conference; and (iii) a dedicated website, social media pages, a newsletter and at least two publications which will facilitate the dissemination of the project’s research outputs.

Riccardo Pavoni and Dario Piselli, previously academic coordinator and programme manager of EULawSD, respectively, will retain their roles for the new module, while Sonia Carmignani will remain a key teaching staff member. The EIEL team will also include two new key teaching staff members who were not part of the EULawSD project, Professor Elisa Morgera and Gabriele Salvi. Elisa Morgera is widely recognised as one of the world’s foremost experts in the field of international environmental law. She is currently Professor of Global Environmental Law at the University of Strathclyde Glasgow and Co-Director of the Strathclyde Centre for Environmental Law and Governance. Gabriele Salvi is a Senior Researcher in Civil Law at the University of Siena, and brings a specific expertise in the private law aspects of European environmental law to the team.

Photo credits: contains modified Copernicus Sentinel data (2019), processed by European Space Agency, CC BY-SA 3.0 IGO.