Dr Antonio Cardesa-Salzmann




Personal statement

I am a Lecturer in EU Environmental Law. Since July 2022, I am also Co-Director of the Strathclyde Centre for Environmental Law and Governance (SCELG) and Programme Leader of the LLM in Global Environmental Law and Governance.

Before joining the Law School in October 2016, I was a researcher and teacher of international and EU environmental law in Spain, at the University of Barcelona (2002-2010) and the University Rovira i Virgili (Tarragona, 2010-2016). As a researcher, I am particularly interested in assessing how legal systems, from a global perspective, interact and contribute to (or indeed hinder) more sustainable patterns of social reproduction. ‘Global’ law is therefore an increasingly important perspective to my teaching and research.

I have also published on the compliance with and enforcement of multilateral environmental agreements. As a member of SCELG, I also engage in research and knowledge exchange activities. These have focused recently on the implications of the UK’s decision to leave the EU on environmental law and governance in Scotland, as well as the sentencing of environmental crimes in Scotland. I have also collaborated with the UN Environment Programme for the development of CPD materials on the international legal framework for the protection of the ozone layer.

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Prize And Awards

Juan de la Cierva Fellowship

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PhD, University of Barcelona

LLM, University of Barcelona

Diplôme des Hautes Études Européenes et Internationales, Institut Européen des Hautes Études Internationales (Nice, France)

LLB, University of Barcelona

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At PGT level, I teach the following subjects within the LLM in Global Environmental Law and Governance:

  • Global Environmental Law
  • International Environmental Law
  • EU Environmental Law

At undergraduate level, I lead the 'Environmental Law (Hons)' module. I have designed and will lead the new 2nd and 3rd year elective 'An Introduction to Environmental Law'. In the past few years, I have also lectured Public International Law and led tutorials in Public Law.

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Research Interests

Global law, Earth System law, societal constitutionalism, global justice, Anthropocene

Rights of nature

Regime interactions, compliance with and enforcement of multilateral environmental treaties, transnational environmental crime

EU environmental law, external environmental policy of the EU

Brexit and environmental law and governance in Scotland

Professional Activities

Sustainable Development and Sustainability in International Law and Global Governance
Invited speaker
V International PhD in Law Conference
Keynote/plenary speaker
XI Strathclyde Postgraduate Colloquium of Environmental Law & Governance
La obligación de prevenir el deterioro del estado de las aguas superficiales: excepciones y derogaciones en la Directiva Marco
Invited speaker
Review of European, Comparative and International Environmental Law (Journal)
Peer reviewer
Global Environmental Change (Journal)
Peer reviewer

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The International Legal System for Sustainable Tourism Governance
Huici Sancho, Laura (Principal Investigator) Álvarez Verdugo, Milagros (Principal Investigator) Cardesa-Salzmann, Antonio (Researcher)
01-Jan-2023 - 31-Jan-2026
Development of an online intermediate level course on the International Legal Framework on Ozone Depletion
Cardesa-Salzmann, Antonio (Principal Investigator) McEntee, Iona (Researcher) Hall, Catherine (Researcher) Shetye, Aditi (Researcher) McAdam, Robbie (Researcher)
The project concerns the development of an online intermediate level course on the International Legal Framework on Ozone Depletion: the Vienna Convention for the Protection of the Ozone Layer and the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer for the InforMEA online learning platform. The course will have to be designed as an e-learning resource adapted for self-paced learner-centered learning with engaging and interactive content.
20-Jan-2021 - 28-Jan-2022
Development of an online intermediate level course on the International Legal Framework on Ozone Depletion for the Ozone Secretariat at UNEP (InfoMEA Phase III Project - amendment)
Cardesa-Salzmann, Antonio (Principal Investigator)
20-Jan-2021 - 31-Jan-2022
SRSS Strathclyde Excellence Award PGR Studentship
Cardesa-Salzmann, Antonio (Principal Investigator) McCorkindale, Christopher (Co-investigator) McEntee, Iona (Post Grad Student)
National courts and North-South legal ecumenism. Exploring the role of transnational inter-judicial dialogue between the Global North and the Global South for the promotion of climate justice. PGR Student: Iona McEntee
01-Jan-2021 - 30-Jan-2024
UKRI CoA Covid Extension
Garvey, Brian (Principal Investigator) Portes Virginio, Francis Vinicius (Researcher) Cardesa-Salzmann, Antonio (Researcher)
UKRI sponsored extension of projects affected by Covid-19
01-Jan-2021 - 30-Jan-2021
Literature Review for the Scottish Sentencing Council: Environmental and Wildlife Offences in Scotland and other jurisdictions
Cardesa-Salzmann, Antonio (Principal Investigator) Campbell, Donald (Co-investigator)
This literature review, which has been commissioned by the Scottish Sentencing Council, will summarise existing academic, legal and statistical work on the sentencing of environmental and wildlife offences. It aims to inform and support the work of the Scottish Sentencing Council, particularly its commitment to drafting a guideline on the sentencing of environmental and wildlife offences.
Amount: £ 9,609.60
11-Jan-2018 - 30-Jan-2018

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Dr Antonio Cardesa-Salzmann

Email: antonio.cardesa-salzmann@strath.ac.uk
Tel: 548 3330