Annalisa Savaresi is Lecturer in Environmental Law and co-directs the LLM/MSc Programme in Environmental Policy and Governance. She has several years' experience researching, teaching and working with environmental law and policy. She has previously taught international, European and comparative environmental law at the undergraduate and postgraduate level at the Universities of Edinburgh, United Kingdom, and Copenhagen, Denmark.
Annalisa has taught in doctoral and executive education programs all around the world, including at 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 UEF-UNEP Course on Multilateral Environmental Agreements (MEAs). She has advised numerous think-tanks and organisations and acts as reviewer for several journals in the field of environmental, energy and climate law and policy. In 2017 she joined the Roundtable on Environment and Climate Change, advising the Scottish Government’s Standing Council on Europe on Brexit.
LAWU9EL Environmental Law
LAWPP09 Environmental Law
LAWU9EN Energy Law
LAWU9LD Law Dissertation
LAWPP19 International Law and Sustainable Development
Memberships and affiliations
Associate Editor, Review of European, Comparative and International Environmental Law (RECIEL)
Associate Fellow, Higher Education Academy
Expert, Scottish Government Roundtable on Environment and Climate Change
Expert, Asia-Pacific Forum of National Human Rights Institutions and Global Alliance National Human Rights Institutions
External assessor, University of East Anglia
External examiner, Lancaster University
Member, International Union for the Conservation of Nature, World Environmental Law Commission
Member, Steering Committee, Scottish Universities Legal Network on Europe
Member, Women's Energy and Climate Law Network
Visiting Lecturer, University of La Sabana (Colombia)
Event / Presentation
Implementing the Paris Agreement: Comparative Lessons from the Global Human Rights Regime European University Institute
What does BREXIT mean for UK Environmental Law?. Brexit and EU Environmental Law
Participatory Justice and the Energy Transition: Lessons from Community Renewables. Innovation in Climate Governance Project Workshop ‘Deconstructing Participatory Climate Governance: Innovation or Business as Usual?’
Sharing the Burdens and Benefits of the Energy Transition: Lessons from Community Renewables. University of Eastern Finland Law School 5th Annual Energy Transition Conference University of Eastern Finland
the UK’s progress on reducing fluorinated gas (F-gas) emissions and the impact of Brexit
. Evidence Session, UK Parliament Environmental Audit Committee UK Parliament
Sharing the Burdens and Benefits of the Energy Transition: Lessons from Community Renewables. Earth System Governance Project Conference ‘Allocation & Access in a Warming and Increasingly Unequal World’ Lund University
Justice and the Energy Transition: Early Lessons from Community Renewables. European Environmental Law Forum University of Copenhagen
Wrap up and conclusions. SULNE Roundtable: Borders after Brexit Scottish Universities Legal Network on Europe (SULNE)
Climate Change and Human Rights. Geneva Academy of International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights, Training on Human Rights and the Environment Geneva Academy of International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights
Environmental implications for Scotland of the UK leaving the EU. Meeting of the Scottish Parliament Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform Committee, Environmental Implications for Scotland of the UK Leaving the EU Scottish Parliament
Land-based Climate Mitigation Policy post 2020. Land-based Climate Mitigation in a < 2 Degree World: Potentials and Potential Pitfalls
Other Academic Activities
Roundtable on Environment and Brexit The British Academy
Keeping the Environment on the Political Agenda during the Brexit Years Scottish Environment LINK
Climate Governance after the Paris Agreement University College London
Expert Consultation on Biodiversity and Human Rights Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights
Roundtable advising the Cabinet Secretary for the Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform on Brexit Scottish Government
Annalisa's research focuses on climate change, biodiversity, forestry, environmental liability, renewable energy and the interplay between environmental and human rights law. Her work has been published in numerous peer-reviewed outlets and has been widely cited, including by the United Nations Environmental Programme (now UN Environment) and the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues.
Savaresi A (2018) Climate change and human rights: fragmentation, interplay and institutional linkages. In: Duyck S, Jodoin S, Johl A (ed.). Routledge Handbook of Human Rights and Climate Governance. Routledge International Handbooks, London: Routledge, pp. 31-42.
Savaresi A, Cismas I & Hartmann J (2017) EJIL: Talk!, 22/12/2017. European Society of International Law. Available at: https://www.ejiltalk.org/the-philippines-human-rights-commission-and-the-carbon-majors-petition/
Savaresi A (2017) The Paris Agreement: Reflections on an International Law Odyssey In: Binder C, d’Argent P, Pazartzis P (ed.) 12th Annual ESIL Conference - Riga, 8-10 September 2016: 'How International Law Works in Times of Crisis?', Florence, Italy: ESIL. 2016 ESIL Annual Conference, 8.9.2016 - 10.9.2016, Riga, Latvia.
Boyle A, Hartmann J & Savaresi A (2016) The United Nations Security Council's Legislative and Enforcement Powers and Climate Change. Scottish Centre for International Law Working Paper Series, 14. Scottish Centre for International Law.
Savaresi A & Chiarolla C (2016) Indigenous Challenges under IPBES: Embracing Indigenous Knowledge and Beyond. In: Hrabanski M, Pesche D (ed.). The Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Service (IPBES): Meeting the challenge of biodiversity conservation and governance, London: Routledge, pp. 190-210.
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.
Savaresi A & Sindico F (2016) Questions of International Law, 24/03/2016. Available at: http://www.qil-qdi.org/role-law-bottom-international-climate-governance-architecture-early-reflections-paris-agreement/
Savaresi A (2016) EJIL: Talk! Blog of the European Journal of International Law, 16/02/2016. European Journal of International Law. Available at: http://www.ejiltalk.org/the-paris-agreement-a-rejoinder/
Savaresi A (2015) EJIL: Talk! Blog of the European Journal of International Law, 10/11/2015. European Journal of International Law. Available at: http://www.ejiltalk.org/un-climate-change-negotiations-last-tango-in-paris/
Savaresi A & Hartmann J (2015) Human Rights in the 2015 AgreementLegal Response Initiative Briefing Paper, 2/15. Legal Response Initiative. Available at: http://legalresponseinitiative.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/05/LRI_human-rights_2015-Agreement.pdf
Savaresi A (2014) BENELEX Project Blog, 11/12/2014. University of Edinburgh. Available at: http://www.benelexblog.law.ed.ac.uk/2014/12/11/unpacking-the-debate-on-climate-justice-and-equity-part-i/#comment-16