Brexit impact on environmental law explored by Stirling expert

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A University of Stirling academic who has advised the UK and Scottish parliaments on Brexit’s impact on environmental law is to share her expertise at an event in Spain.

On Friday 9 March, Dr Annalisa Savaresi will deliver a talk at the University of Barcelona, as part of a seminar organised by the Jean Monnet Chair on EU Environmental Law on Brexit and environmental law.

Dr Annalisa Savaresi

Dr Annalisa Savaresi

Dr Savaresi, of the Faculty of Arts and Humanities, has been providing expert advice on Brexit since the EU referendum in 2016. She is presently part of a taskforce advising the Scottish Government’s Cabinet Secretary for the Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform. Her thoughts on Brexit have recently been published on the Europa Institute’s blog and the Edinburgh Law Review.


Dr Savaresi said: “With much of UK and Scottish environmental law presently originating in Brussels, experts have long warned of the specific challenges associated with Brexit in this sector.

“These concern the loss of the well-established and comparatively stable regulatory, enforcement and support frameworks provided by EU law.

“While nobody is seriously suggesting that, in future, the UK and Scotland will be incapable of upholding the rule of law on environmental matters, Brexit will nevertheless entail the loss of a powerful means to scrutinise and enforce environmental protection standards.”

Dr Savaresi will also participate in a practitioners’ event - ‘Brexit update: implications for law and practice in Scotland’ - in Edinburgh on 26 March. The event is organised by Public Policy Events, in association with Scottish Legal News and the Scottish Centre on European Relations.

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