Dr Annalisa Savaresi

Senior Lecturer

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Dr Annalisa Savaresi

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About me

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


Research (2)

Annalisa's research focuses on climate change law and policy, forestry and land uses, environmental liability, renewable energy and the interplay between environmental and human rights law. Her work is published in numerous peer-reviewed outlets and has been widely cited, including by the  United Nations Environmental Programme and the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues.

Projects

FRONTLINERS: Climate change and human rights: closing the accountability gap
PI: Dr Annalisa Savaresi
Funded by: The British Academy

Amnesty International Consultancy
PI: Dr Annalisa Savaresi
Funded by: Amnesty International

Outputs (141)

Outputs

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Book Chapter

Savaresi A & Perugini L (2021) Sinks, Reservoirs of GHGs and Forests. In: van Calster G & Reins L (eds.) The Paris Agreement on Climate Change: A Commentary. Elgar Commentaries series. Cheltenham: Edward Elgar Publishing, pp. 133-147. https://doi.org/10.4337/9781788979191.00014

Website Content

Savaresi A & Wewerinke-Singh M (2021) Friends of the Earth (Netherlands) v Royal Dutch Shell: Human Rights and the Obligations of Corporations in the Hague District Court Decision. GNHRE Community Blog [Blog post] 31.05.2021. https://gnhre.org/2021/05/31/friends-of-the-earth-netherlands-v-royal-dutch-shell-human-rights-and-the-obligations-of-corporations-in-the-hague-district-court-decision/

Policy Document

Austin W, Cohen F, Coomes D, Hanley N, Lewis S, Luque-Lora R, Marchant R, Naylor L, Queiros AM, Savaresi A, Seddon N, Smith A, Smith P & Wheeler C (2021) Nature based solutions for climate change, people and biodiversity. University of Stirling. Stirling. https://www.stir.ac.uk/research/public-policy-hub/policy-briefings/

Book Chapter

Savaresi A (2020) Community Energy and a Just Energy Transition: What We Know, and What We Still Need to Find Out. In: del Guayo I, Godden L, Zillman DD, Montoya MF & Gonzalez JJ (eds.) Energy Justice and Energy Law. Distributive, Procedural, Restorative and Social Justice in Energy Law. Oxford: Oxford University Press, pp. 67-82. https://doi.org/10.1093/oso/9780198860754.003.0005

Website Content

Savaresi A (2020) Key governments have rolled back their environmental commitments. University of Stirling Public Policy Blog [Blog post] 24.09.2020. https://policyblog.stir.ac.uk/2020/09/24/key-governments-have-rolled-back-their-environmental-commitments/

Technical Report

Savaresi A & Fontanelli F (2020) UK Trade Agreements and Their Impact on Environmental Protection. Scottish Parliament Information Centre. https://digitalpublications.parliament.scot/ResearchBriefings/Report/2020/9/4/Trade-Agreements-and-their-Potential-Impact-on-Environmental-Protection-1

Book Chapter

Savaresi A (2020) The use of human rights arguments in climate change litigation and its limitations. In: Ismangil D, van der Schaaf K & van Troost L (eds.) Climate Change, Justice and Human Rights. Changing Perspectives on Human Rights. Amsterdam: Strategic Studies, pp. 49-55. https://www.amnesty.nl/content/uploads/2020/08/Verkenningen2020-climate-change.pdf?x29611

Technical Report

Savaresi A (2020) Environmental Governance in Scotland after EU Exit. Scottish Parliament Information Centre. SPICe Briefing, 20-02. https://digitalpublications.parliament.scot/ResearchBriefings/Report/2020/1/9/Environmental-Governance-in-Scotland-after-EU-Exit

Book Chapter

Savaresi A (2019) The Paris Agreement and the Future of the Climate Regime: Reflections on an International Law Odyssey. In: Ulrich G & Ziemele I (eds.) How International Law Works in Times of Crisis. European Society of International Law series. Oxford: Oxford University Press, pp. 189-205. https://global.oup.com/academic/product/how-international-law-works-in-times-of-crisis-9780198849667?lang=en&cc=it#

Book Chapter

Savaresi A (2019) Human Rights and Climate Change. In: Honkonen T & Romppanen S (eds.) International Environmental Law-making and Diplomacy Review 2018. UNEP Course Series, 18. Joensuu, Finland: Law School of University of Eastern Finland, pp. 31-46. https://www3.uef.fi/documents/241889/1866768/Review+2018+final+HR+and+Env.pdf/0742c83d-a95a-4c3d-946e-de6f7ddeb58d

Website Content

Savaresi A (2019) Environmental governance and EU Exit: the state of play. SPICe Spotlight [Blog post] 04.11.2019. https://spice-spotlight.scot/2019/11/04/guest-blog-environmental-governance-and-eu-exit-the-state-of-play/amp/

Technical Report

Savaresi A & Gemmel C (2019) Cleaner Air for Scotland Strategy – An Independent Review. Scottish Government. Edinburgh. https://www.gov.scot/binaries/content/documents/govscot/publications/publication/2019/08/cleaner-air-scotland-strategy-independent-review/documents/cleaner-air-scotland-strategy-independent-review/cleaner-air-scotland-strategy-independent-review/govscot:document/cleaner-air-scotland-strategy-independent-review.pdf

Speech

Savaresi A (2019) Delivering REDD+: The Role of Safeguards. The History of REDD+: How Far Have We Reached?, University of Tokyo, 05.02.2019-06.02.2019. http://redd.ffpri.affrc.go.jp/events/seminars/2019/20190206_en.html?fbclid=IwAR1cIeVNlJ0yc9mntHgld8qGBvfXnsLFAP9qRuPeK-Fp5ZWC05k9HyVgUgc

Book Chapter

Savaresi A (2018) Climate change and human rights: fragmentation, interplay and institutional linkages. In: Duyck S S, Jodoin S & Johl A (eds.) Routledge Handbook of Human Rights and Climate Governance. Routledge International Handbooks. London: Routledge, pp. 31-42. https://www.routledge.com/Routledge-Handbook-of-Human-Rights-and-Climate-Governance/Duyck-Jodoin-Johl/p/book/9781138232457

Website Content

Savaresi A, Setzer J & Byrnes R (2018) Shining the spotlight on human rights at COP24 and beyond. [London School of Economics Blog] 05.12.2018. http://www.lse.ac.uk/GranthamInstitute/news/shining-the-spotlight-on-human-rights-at-cop24-and-beyond/

Website Content

Savaresi A & Setzer J (2018) The Carbon Majors inquiry comes to London. [London School of Economics Blog] 30.10.2018. http://www.lse.ac.uk/GranthamInstitute/news/the-carbon-majors-inquiry-comes-to-london/

Lecture

Savaresi A (2018) Human Rights and Climate Change (Lecture) (Presentation) UEF - UN Environment Course on Multilateral Environmental Agreements, 24.08.2018-24.08.2018. https://www.uef.fi/web/unep

Book Review

Savaresi A (2018) Climate Change Law - review. Review of: Climate Change Law, Daniel A. Farber and Marjan Peeters (eds.), Cheltenham: Edward Elgar, 2016. Carbon and Climate Law Review, 12 (2), p. 165. 166. https://doi.org/10.21552/cclr/2018/2/12

Technical Report

Savaresi A & Little GM (2018) Written evidence from Dr Annalisa Savaresi and Professor Gavin MacLeod Little to the Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform Committee of the Scottish Parliament hearing of 1 May 2018. Scottish Parliament. Edinburgh. http://www.parliament.scot/S5_Environment/Inquiries/012_Little_and_Savaresi_EEAW.pdf

Policy Document

Savaresi A (2018) Brexit and the Environment: Challenges Lying Ahead. Scottish Centre on European Relations. Edinburgh. https://www.scer.scot/wp-content/uploads/SCER-Brexit-Roundup-Apr-2018.pdf

Technical Report

Lennon E, Muffett C, Duyck S, Feit S, Hamilton L, Marjanac S, Doherty K, Gleason J, Perry K, Brown E, Noonan D, Crosland T, Burger M, Wentz J, Savaresi A, Cismas I, Hansen JE, Galpern D & Trenberth KE (2018) Joint Summary of the Amicus Curiae Briefs to the Philippines Commission on Human Rights. Philippines Human Rights Commission. Quezon City, Philippines. https://www.ciel.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/Joint-Summary-Amicus-submitted.pdf

Newspaper Article

Savaresi A, Cismas I & Hartmann J (2018) The Philippines holds world's biggest corporations to account on climate change. The Independent. 08.03.2018. https://www.independent.co.uk/environment/philippines-climate-change-worlds-biggest-corporations-responsibility-global-warming-carbon-majors-a8241851.html

Article

Savaresi A (2017) Environmental Impact Assessment after the International Court of Justice decision in Costa Rica-Nicaragua and Nicaragua-Costa Rica: Looking backward, looking forward (Introduction). Questions of International Law (QIL-QDI), (42), pp. 1-3. http://www.qil-qdi.org/environmental-impact-assessment-international-court-justice-decision-costa-rica-nicaragua-nicaragua-costa-rica-looking-backward-looking-forward/

Technical Report

Savaresi A, Cismas I & Hartmann J (2017) Amicus Brief - Human Rights and Climate Change. Asia Pacific Forum of National Human Rights Institutions. http://www.asiapacificforum.net/resources/amicus-brief-human-rights-and-climate-change/

Book Chapter

Savaresi A (2017) Forest Biodiversity. In: Morgera E & Razzaque J (eds.) Biodiversity and Nature Protection Law. Elgar Encyclopedia of Environmental Law series, 3. Cheltenham: Edward Elgar, pp. 203-214. http://www.e-elgar.com/shop/biodiversity-and-nature-protection-law; https://doi.org/10.4337/9781783474257.III.14

Conference Proceeding

Savaresi A (2017) The Paris Agreement: Reflections on an International Law Odyssey. In: Binder C, d’Argent P & Pazartzis P (eds.) 12th Annual ESIL Conference - Riga, 8-10 September 2016: 'How International Law Works in Times of Crisis?'. ESIL Conference Paper Series, 13. 2016 ESIL Annual Conference, Riga, Latvia, 08.09.2016-10.09.2016. Florence, Italy: ESIL, p. 14/2016. https://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=2912001

Book Review

Savaresi A (2016) Climate Change, Justice and Human Rights: Where to Next?. Review of: Climate Justice and Disaster Law, by Rosemary Lyster and Climate Change and Human Rights: An International and Comparative Law Perspective, ed by Ottavio Quirico and Mouloud Boumghar. Carbon and Climate Law Review, 10 (4), pp. 226-230. https://doi.org/10.21552/cclr/2016/4/12

Technical Report

(2016) The implications of Brexit for environmental law in Scotland. Cardesa-Salzmann A (Editor) & Savaresi A (Editor) Scottish Universities Legal Network on Europe (SULNE). Scottish Universities Legal Network on Europe (SULNE). https://sulne.files.wordpress.com/2016/12/environment-paper-sulne-20161214.pdf

Research Report

Tacconi L, Cerutti PO, Leipold S, Rodrigues RJ, Savaresi A, To PX & Weng X (2016) Defining Illegal Forest Activities and Illegal Logging. Kleinschmit D (Editor), Mansourian S (Editor), Wildburger C (Editor) & Purret A (Editor) International Union of Forest Research Organizations (IUFRO) IUFRO World Series, 35. Austria: International Union of Forest Research Organizations (IUFRO). http://www.iufro.org/publications/article/2016/12/03/world-series-vol-35-illegal-logging-and-related-timber-trade-dimensions-drivers-impacts-and/

Book Chapter

Savaresi A & Chiarolla C (2016) Indigenous Challenges under IPBES: Embracing Indigenous Knowledge and Beyond. In: Hrabanski M & Pesche D (eds.) The Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Service (IPBES): Meeting the challenge of biodiversity conservation and governance. London: Routledge, pp. 190-210. https://www.routledge.com/The-Intergovernmental-Platform-on-Biodiversity-and-Ecosystem-Services-IPBES/Hrabanski-Pesche/p/book/9781138121256

Book Chapter

Savaresi A (2016) The Legal Status and Role of REDD-Plus Safeguards. In: Voigt C (ed.) Research Handbook on REDD+ and International Law. Research Handbooks in Climate Law series. Cheltenham: Edward Elgar Publishing Ltd, pp. 126-156. http://www.e-elgar.com/shop/research-handbook-on-redd-plus-and-international-law; https://doi.org/10.4337/9781783478316.00018

Website Content

Savaresi A (2016) The Paris Agreement: A Rejoinder. EJIL: Talk! Blog of the European Journal of International Law, 16.02.2016. http://www.ejiltalk.org/the-paris-agreement-a-rejoinder/

Website Content

Savaresi A (2016) The Paris Agreement: An Equity Perspective. BENELEX Project Blog, 29.01.2016. http://www.benelexblog.law.ed.ac.uk/2016/01/29/the-paris-agreement-an-equity-perspective/

Working Paper

Savaresi A (2015) Forest Biodiversity. Edinburgh School of Law Research Papers, 2015/36. http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2691054

Website Content

Savaresi A (2015) UN Climate Change Negotiations: Last Tango in Paris?. EJIL: Talk! Blog of the European Journal of International Law, 10.11.2015. http://www.ejiltalk.org/un-climate-change-negotiations-last-tango-in-paris/

Book Chapter

Savaresi A (2015) Natural Resource Grabbing: The Case of Tropical Forests and REDD+. In: Jacur F, Bonfanti A & Seatzu F (eds.) Natural resources grabbing : An International Law Perspective. Legal Studies on Access and Benefit-sharing, 4. Leiden: Brill, pp. 159-180. http://booksandjournals.brillonline.com/content/books/b9789004305663s010

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Teaching

Teaching

Teaching

Climate change and the Rights of Future Generations
Sant'Anna School of Advanced Studies

UNEP Course on Multilateral Environmental Agreements: Climate Change and Human Rights.
University of Eastern Finland and United Nations Environment Programme

www.uef.fi/web/unep

Geneva Academy of International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights, Training Course on Human Rights and the Environment: Climate Change and Human Rights.
Geneva Academy of International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights

Instructor: GNHRE-UNEP Summer-Winter School
https://gnhre.org/…l/climatechange/

Visiting Professor in International Environmental Law
University of La Sabana