Dr Antonio Cardesa-Salzmann



Personal statement

I joined the University of Strathclyde in October 2016 as a lecturer in EU environmental law. Before joining the Law School, I have taught and conducted research on international and EU environmental law in Spain, at the University of Barcelona (2002-2010) and the University Rovira i Virgili (Tarragona, 2010-2016). My main teaching and research interests lie precisely in those two areas of law. 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 the Strathclyde Centre for Environmental Law and Governance (SCELG), I have also engaged in research and knowledge exchange activities. These have focused 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.

Prizes 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


Literature Review of Sentencing of Environmental and Wildlife Crimes
Cardesa-Salzmann Antonio, Campbell Donald M
Research Publications Research Publications (2020)
The EU’s external action after Lisbon : competences, policy consistency and participation in international environmental negotiations
Cardesa-Salzmann Antonio, Morgera Elisa
Research Handbook on EU Environmental Law (2020) (2020)
Global governance, sustainability and the Earth system : critical reflections on the role of global law
Cardesa-Salzmann Antonio, Cocciolo Endrius
Transnational Environmental Law Vol 8, pp. 437-461 (2019)
Environmental Governance in Scotland on the UK's Withdrawal from the EU. Assessment and Options for Consideration : A Report by the Roundtable on Environment and Climate Change
Austin Lloyd, Cardesa-Salzmann Antonio, Gemmell Campbell, Hughes Jonathan, Savaresi Annalisa
Monitoring and compliance mechanisms
Cardesa-Salzmann Antonio
Biodiversity and Nature Protection Law Elgar Encyclopedia of Environmental Law (2017) (2017)
Contribution of the EU Birds and Habitats Directives to Nature Protection in Scotland
Morgera Elisa, Cardesa-Salzmann Antonio, Geelhoed Miranda, Ntona Mara
Centre for Environmental Law and Governance - Policy Brief Centre for Environmental Law and Governance - Policy Brief, Vol 2017, No. 4 (2017)

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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

In order to properly understand the regulatory and institutional features of the different areas of environmental regulation, any lawyer needs to confront the scientific, social, economic and political complexities of largely transnational processes that shape the content and implementation of environmental law. This is the general perspective that informs my educational work. Teaching these subjects means, in my view, getting across the fundamental message of the intrinsic intertwinement of national, EU and international environmental law in a globalised, multipolar, and culturally plural world.

At undergraduate level, I lead the Environmental Law (Hons) module. I have also lectured Public International Law and led tutorials in Public Law.

Research interests

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

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

Sustainability (Journal)
Peer reviewer
Environmental Impact Assessment Review (Journal)
Peer reviewer
Review of European, Comparative and International Environmental Law (Journal)
Peer reviewer
Environmental Impact Assessment Review (Journal)
Peer reviewer
McGill Journal of Sustainable Development Law (Journal)
Peer reviewer
Global Governance, Sustainability and the Emergence of Earth System Law
Invited speaker

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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
Literature Review of Environmental and Wildlife Offences in Scotland and other Jurisdictions
Cardesa-Salzmann, Antonio (Principal Investigator) Campbell, Donald (Co-investigator)
09-Jan-2018 - 30-Jan-2018

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