Professor of Global Environment Law
Elisa Morgera explores how biodiversity law evolves to address a variety of global environmental challenges and human rights issues. Elisa investigates these linkages in international, European and comparative law. She has focused specifically on the links between biodiversity and the following areas:
- the rights of indigenous peoples and local communities
- natural resource development
- oceans governance
- corporate environmental accountability
- the human right to science
Elisa has recently led two research projects, BENELEX on fair and equitable benefit-sharing in different areas of international law and at other regulatory levels and MARINE BENEFITS on fair and equitable benefit-sharing from sustainable fisheries. In December 2018, Elisa became the Director of a £20-million, 5-year global inter-disciplinary research hub on integrated and inclusive ocean governance, the UKRI GCRC One Ocean Hub. The Hub involves colleagues from law, social and marine sciences, and arts in the UK, Africa, South Pacific and the Caribbean.
Elisa’s other recent activities include:
- Guest-editing a special issue of the Review of European, Comparative and International Environmental Law (RECIEL) on comparative environmental law (volume 24:4, 2015);
- Guest-editing a special issue of Marine Policy on synergies betweeen Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 14 on oceans and the other SDGs in 2017, available online here;
- Preparing the second edition of her monograph Corporate Environmental Accountability in International Law (Oxford University Press);
- Coordinating a special issue of Transnational Environmental Law on the theory, practice and methodology of global environmental law;
- Co-eding a Research Handbook on Indigenous Peoples' Rights and the Environment for Edward Elgar"; and
- Contributing to Scottish debates on Brexit, the environment and human rights.
Elisa has served as a consultant for the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the UN (FAO), IUCN, the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), the European Commission and the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD). In addition, Elisa has participated as an observer in international environmental negotiations, including under the CBD and on marine biodiversity in areas beyond national jurisdiction, since 2005.
Prior to joining academia, Elisa served as a legal officer for FAO, advising over fifty countries in Africa, Asia, Latin America and the South Pacific on improving domestic legislation on natural resources; and as an environmental management officer for the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in the Eastern Caribbean.
Elisa speaks Italian, French, Spanish and Portuguese.