Dr Annalisa Savaresi

Senior Lecturer

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Dr Annalisa Savaresi

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Annalisa Savaresi is a renowned expert in environmental law and on the interplay between human rights and environmental law, with 20 years’ experience working with international and nongovernmental organizations. Before embarking on an academic career, she worked with non-governmental organisations and think-tanks, focussing on human rights based approaches to environmental protection. Since turning to academia in 2009, she has contributed to numerous law and policy reports prepared for international organisations and governments. Before joining Stirling in 2016, she obtained her PhD from the University of Copenhagen, Denmark, and held a four-year postdoctoral research and teaching post at the University of Edinburgh, UK.

Annalisa has given evidence to the UK, the EU and Scottish Parliaments and provided technical advice in the context of the world’s first inquiry into the human rights violations associated with the impacts of fossil fuel corporations emissions– the so called Carbon Majors inquiry carried out by the Philippines Human Rights Commission.

Annalisa's numerous publications on climate change law, emissions from land uses, and rights-based approaches to environmental law and policy have been widely cited, including by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.

Annalisa has been invited to give guest lectures at leading academic institutions all over the world, including the Geneva Academy of International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights, Switzerland; Sant'Anna School of Advanced Studies, Italy; the University of La Sabana, Colombia; and as part of the UNEP course on Multilateral Environmental Agreements, at the University of Eastern Finland.

Annalisa is Associate Editor of the Review of European, Comparative and International Environmental Law and currently serves as Director for Europe for the Global Network on Human Rights and the Environment. She is member of the IUCN World Commission on Environmental Law and of the Women's Energy and Climate Law Network. Since January 2021, she serves on the Board of Environmental Standards Scotland, the public body tasked to monitor and investigate public authorities’ compliance with environmental law in Scotland after the UK exit from the EU.

Community Contribution

Board Member: Environmental Standards Scotland

https://environmentalstandards.scot/…nalisa-savaresi/

Event / Presentation

Talk: Climate Change Litigation at the International Level - Opportunities and Constraints. British Institute for International and Comparative Law

Evidence: EU Parliament Human Rights Committee and Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs Committee

https://multimedia.europarl.europa.eu/…TEE-DROI-LIBE_vd

Evidence: Scottish Parliament Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform Committee
Scottish Parliament

Evidence: Scottish Parliament UK Withdrawal from the European Union (Continuity) (Scotland) Bill

Talk: The Glasgow Climate Conference (COP26): What to Expect
University of Strathclyde

Talk: Delivering REDD+: The Role of Safeguards
University of Tokyo

Talk: Human Rights in Climate Action, United Nations, Geneva
Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights

Talk: Human Rights Responsibility for the Impacts of Climate Change: Revisiting the Assumptions
European University Institute

Talk: Human Rights Responsibility for the Impacts of Climate Change: Revisiting the Assumptions, Danish Institute for Human Rights

Talk: Policy and Legislation on Air Pollution, Cleaner air for Scotland (CAFS) Strategy Workshop
Scottish Government

http://www.scottishairquality.scot/lez/

Talk: The Impacts of Climate Change and Human Rights – Reflections on the Carbon Majors Inquiry, University of Kobe

Talk: Addressing the Climate Emergency: 
The Role of Human Rights Law

University of Edinburgh

Talk: The Impacts of Climate Change and Human Rights: Reflections on the Carbon Majors Inquiry

University of Dundee

Evidence: Scottish Parliament Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform Committee: Environmental Implications for Scotland of the UK leaving the EU
Scottish Parliament

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tbt1NnCNmIo

Talk: The Impact of Brexit on Environmental Law in Scotland, Faculty of Advocates, Edinburgh

Implementing the Right to a Clean Environment: Impacts on Litigation, First Minister's Advisory Group on Human Rights Leadership
Scottish Government

Talk: The Impact of Brexit on Environmental Protection, University of Barcelona

Talk: Human Rights and Climate Change: Holding Corporations Responsible for the Impacts of Climate Change
University of La Sabana

Talk: Climate Change Litigation and Human Rights after the Adoption of the Paris Agreement, Cardinal Wyszyński University, Warsaw, Poland

Public Event: The Impacts of Climate Change and Human Rights
London School of Economics

http://www.lse.ac.uk/…-climate-change/

Workshop: Implementing the Paris Agreement: Comparative Lessons from the Global Human Rights Regime
European University Institute

Talk: The Future of the EU ETS, Edinburgh University Low Carbon Society Debate Series
University of Edinburgh

Talk: The Role of Law in the Energy Transition: Lessons from Community Renewables. Energy@Cambridge Seminar Series: In Search of 'Good' Energy Policy
University of Cambridge

http://www.energy.cam.ac.uk/…unity-renewables

Talk: Climate Change and Human Rights: Fragmentation, Interplay and Institutional Linkages, Bonn Climate Change Conference

Talk: Brexit and the Environment
The British Academy

Workshop: Innovation in Climate Governance Project: ‘Deconstructing Participatory Climate Governance: Innovation or Business as Usual?’
University of Bordeaux

Evidence: UK Parliament Environmental Audit Committee: The UK’s progress on reducing fluorinated gas (F-gas) emissions and the impact of Brexit.
UK Parliament

http://parliamentlive.tv/…b21-1e6dd2c87c69

Roundtable: Borders after Brexit
Scottish Universities Legal Network on Europe (SULNE)

Evidence: Scottish Parliament Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform Committee
Scottish Parliament

http://www.scottishparliament.tv/20170314_environment

Talk: Climate Governance after the Paris Agreement, UK French Embassy
University College London

Talk: Keeping the Environment on the Political Agenda during the Brexit Years, Scottish Environment LINK
Scottish Environment LINK

Talk: Land-based Climate Mitigation Policy post 2020, Landesvertretung Brandenburg, Brussels

Conference co-organiser: International human rights courts and bodies at the edge of the climate tipping point (Hertie School)
https://www.hertie-school.org/…te-tipping-point

Talk: The Use of Science in Human Rights-Based Climate Change Litigation (British Institute for International and Comparative Law)
Sant'Anna School of Advanced Studies
https://www.biicl.org/…hange-litigation

Conference organiser: Climate Change Litigation and Human Rights Arguments: Stocktaking and a Look at the Future (Sant'Anna School of Advanced Studies)
Sant'Anna School of Advanced Studies
/…-and-look-future

Talk: The Role of Human Rights in the Climate Emergency (University of Copenhagen)
University of Copenhagen
https://jura.ku.dk/…imate-emergency/

Conference paper: Enforcing the Right to a Healthy Environment in the Climate Emergency: A View from Above (University of Geneva)
University of Geneva

Talk: The Glasgow Climate Change Conference (Cop26): A Scottish Perspective
Scottish Parliament

Panelist: Corporate Accountability for Human Rights Abuses (International Federation for Human Rights)
https://www.fidh.org/…-rights-abuses-a

Panelist: Getting to Net Zero: Climate Change and Land Uses (Carbon and Climate Law Review)
https://www.lexxion.eu/…on-and-land-use/

Panelist: Glasginburgh 2021 International Law and Distribution: Sustainable Development, Security and Governance of Resources
https://gcils.org/…e-Programme-.pdf

Panelist: Our Future in the Balance: The Role of Courts and Tribunals in Meeting the Climate Crisis (British Institute of International and Comparative Law)
https://www.biicl.org/…e-climate-crisis

External Examiners and Validations

Environmental Law
University of East Anglia

Environmental law; Climate change law
University College Dublin (UCD)

International law
Lancaster University

Other Academic Activities

Board Member: Environmental Standards Scotland

https://environmentalstandards.scot/…nalisa-savaresi/

Scottish Government Cleaner Air for Scotland review - Steering Group

https://news.gov.scot/news/tackling-air-pollution

Roundtable advising the Cabinet Secretary for the Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform on Brexit
Scottish Government

Expert Consultation on Biodiversity and Human Rights
Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights

Associate Editor, Review of European, Comparative and International Law

Professional membership

Global Network on Human Rights and the Environment , Deputy Director for Europe

Women’s Energy and Climate Law Network

Scottish Universities Legal Network on Europe, Steering Committee

Fellow, Higher Education Academy

Global Network on Human Rights and the Environment , Director for Europe

IUCN World Commission on Environmental Law

University Contribution

Fellow, Scottish Parliament Information Centre
The Scottish Parliament