Francesco Sindico

Reader in International Environmental Law

Francesco Sindico explores how international environmental law and governance is developing in the context of globalisation and the rise of non-State actors. His research tackles issues of hard versus soft law and the difficulties faced by traditional enforcement mechanisms in international environmental law and governance. He focuses on a wide spectrum of areas within international environmental law and governance, which include:

  • international water law and governance, with special focus on groundwater governance and transboundary aquifer law
  • climate change law and governance
  • sustainable development, with particular attention to the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals
  • the relationship between environmental protection and trade liberalisation

Francesco's most recent activities include:

  • leading a British Council Newton Researcher Links Workshop on Groundwater Governance in Uruguay in February 2016 that brought together a group of multidisciplinary researchers from the UK and Uruguay
  • collaborating with UNESCO-IHP in the context of the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals by producing a report that highlighted the need to retain a specific indicator related to transboundary water cooperation
  • contributing to a special issue of Climate Law on the Paris Agreement following his participation on COP21 with a paper on the relationship between the emerging international climate legal architecture and sustainable development

Francesco collaborates with UNESCO-IHP and the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations, mainly in the field in Southern Africa and in Central America. Francesco is also linked to the London Centre of International Law and Policy (LCILP), where he acts as an expert for the Centre for International Water Law and Security. He is also a member of the International Association of Hydrogeologists (IAH) Commission on Governance of Transboundary Aquifers.

Francesco speaks Italian, Spanish and French.