Board of Advisors

Advisory board

The BeneLex Advisory Board provides feedback and expert input into the project methodology and findings, with a view to ensuring that the project responds to the needs of different epistemological communities (lawyers, political scientists, and environmental scientists) and practitioners. Members of the Advisory Board will participate in three workshops, and communicate with the BeneLex team throughout the life of the project by means of remote dialogue.

The BENELEX Advisory Board includes:

External (law) academics

  • Dr Claire Charters, University of Auckland
  • Prof Francesco Francioni, European University Institute
  • Prof Duncan French, Lincoln University
  • Prof Ellen Hey, Erasmus University Rotterdam
  • Prof Kati Kulovesi, University of Eastern Finland
  • Prof Andre Nollkaemper, University of Amsterdam  
  • Prof Jérémie Gilbert, University of Roehampton
  • Prof Colin Reid, University of Dundee 


  • Dr Claudio Chiarolla, initially with Institut du développement durable et des relations internationales
  • Dr Lorenzo Cotula, International Institute for Environment and Development and currently with the UN Development Programme
  • Kathryn Garforth, Convention on Biological Diversity
  • Harry Jonas, Natural Justice
  • Maria Socorro Manguiat, initially with the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change and currently with the UN Environment Programme
  • Julia Oliva, Union of Ethical Bio-Trade
  • Tomme Young, international consultant

Edinburgh University academics

  • Dr Elizabeth Bomberg (SPS)
  • Dr Elizabeth Cripps (SPS)
  • Prof Tim Hayward (SPS)
  • Dr Laura Jeffrey (SPS)
  • Dr Genevieve Patenaude (Geosciences)
  • Prof Doreen McBarnett (Law)
  • Dr Liliana Riga (SPS)
  • Dr Meriwether Wilson (Geosciences)
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BeneLex Workshop 2018