Antonio Cardesa-Salzmann

Lecturer in EU Environmental Law

Antonio Cardesa-Salzmann explores general issues of global environmental justice and sustainability according to critical, socio-legal approaches. His research explores the transformative potential of national, EU and international legal processes to foster social equity and environmental sustainability in a culturally diverse, legally plural and politically heterarchical global society. He focuses on:

  • environmental law theory, with a specific emphasis on global constitutionalism, pluralism and post-colonialism
  • EU environmental law and its impact on global environmental law and governance
  • human rights and the environment
  • transnational environmental crime

Antonio’s most recent activities include:

  • organising the first Tarragona International Environmental Law Colloquium – “Rethinking Sustainable Development in Terms of Justice” that brought together junior researchers from different legal-cultural backgrounds to discuss their research with established, high profile scholars in the field.
  • contributing to a handbook on transnational environmental crime with a chapter on the legal and institutional reaction of multilateral environmental agreements to address illicit trade in controlled substances and commodities through a coordinated strategy of criminalisation
  • contributing to the Encyclopedia on Nature Conservation Law (forth March 2017) with a chapter on monitoring and compliance mechanisms in biodiversity treaties

Prior to joining the University of Strathclyde, Antonio worked at the Universitat Rovira i Virgili (Tarragona, Spain) and the Tarragona Centre for Environmental Law Studies (CEDAT). There he participated in the EU funded EJOLT project (Environmental Justice Organisations, Liabilities and Trade) (2011-15), which fostered shared knowledge between activists and academics for environmental justice.

Antonio speaks Spanish, German and French.