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Elisa Morgera

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Elisa Morgera specializes in European, international and comparative environmental law. She has researched specifically in the areas of biodiversity, environmental governance, corporate environmental accountability, and the EU external environmental policy.

Elisa joined the School of Law in 2009. She directs the LLM programme in Global Environment and Climate Change Law. She is the co-director of the inter-disciplinary Europa Institute - the UK's oldest institute of advanced study of the law, politics and governance of European integration: in that capacity, she is also the series editor of the Edinburgh Europa Working Paper Series. In addition, Elisa is the co-founder and co-director of the inter-disciplinary Doctoral Network of the Global Environment and Society Academy (GESA). She is a member of the GESA Steering Group, of the Steering Group of the Global Justice Academy, and of the Scottish Centre for International Law.

Elisa is on the Editorial Board of the Review of European, Comparative and International Environmental Law and is the lead co-editor of the book series Legal Studies on Access and Benefit-sharing (Brill/Martinus Nijhoff). She is a member of the IUCN Commission on Environmental Law and the Global Network for the Study of Human Rights and Environment.

As a former legal officer of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), Elisa advised over 50 countries in Africa, Asia, Latin America and the South Pacific on improving domestic legislation on natural resources. She has also participated in and analyzed various inter-governmental negotiations on environment and sustainable development as a team leader for the International Institute for Sustainable Development. Previously, she also served as environmental management officer for the United Nations Development Programme in the Eastern Caribbean.

Current Research Interests

  • In July 2013 Elisa was awarded a Starting Grant of around 1.5 million euros by the European Research Council (ERC), to lead the research programme "Benefit-sharing for an equitable transition to the green economy – the role of law" over the period October 2013-September 2018: www.benelex.ed.ac.uk 
  • For the period 2013-2015, Elisa will be responsible for the legal component of the European Commission (FP7)-funded project "LUC4C: Land Use Change: Assessing the Net Climate Forcing and Options for Climate Change Mitigation", in cooperation with Professor Mark D.A. Rounsevell in the School of Geosciences
  • Starting in March 2014, Elisa will carry out a consultancy for the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) and FAO to draft international guidelines on responsible agricultural investment, that will be considered by, and revised in accordance with feedback from, a multi-stakeholder Advisory Group on Responsible Business Conduct along the Agricultural Supply Chains throughout 2014.

Research Interests


Research outputs

  1. Article 61 - Conservation of the living resources

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingEntry for encyclopedia/dictionary

  2. Article 62 - Utilization of the living resources

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingEntry for encyclopedia/dictionary

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Research activities & awards

  1. Lalanath de Silva

    Activity: Hosting a visitor typesHosting an academic visitor

  2. Saskia Vermeylen

    Activity: Hosting a visitor typesHosting an academic visitor

  3. Discerning Systemic Functionality and Global Values in International Law

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in workshop, seminar, course

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