Professor Elisa Morgera


Personal statement

Elisa Morgera is Professor of Global Environmental Law and Co-Director of Strathclyde Centre for Environmental Law and Governance. She specializes in international, European and comparative environmental law, with a particular focus on the interaction between biodiversity law and human rights (particularly those of indigenous peoples and local communities), equity and sustainability in natural resource development, oceans governance, and corporate accountability. Elisa has also researched the environmental dimensions of the external relations of the European Union (EU).




Has expertise in:

    Elisa has direct experience of international law-making in the areas of biodiversity, oceans and corporate environmental accountability; and of participatory reform of national legislation on natural resources (forests, fisheries, mountains, organic agriculture, wildlife).


    Elisa speaks Italian, French, Spanish and Portuguese. She has conducted field work (for the UN or on academic research projects) in Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Barbados, Belgium, Bolivia, Burundi, Cameroon, Cape Verde, Chile, Comoros, Croatia, Dominica, Egypt, Georgia, Greece, Grenada, Hungary, Jordan, Malaysia, Namibia, Niue, Rwanda, Sao Tome and Principe, St. Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, South Africa, Syria, Tonga, United Kingdom, Uzbekistan, Uruguay.



Elisa has a PhD in international law from the European University Institue and an LLM in Environmental Law from University College London. Since 2015 Elisa has also been holding the honorary post of Adjunct Professor of International and European Environmental Law at the University of Eastern Finland. Prior to joining Strathclyde University, Elisa was Professor of Global Environmental Law at Edinburgh University Law School, where she was based since 2009. Elisa has also taught at the Academy of Human Rights Law of the European University Institute, l'Institut d'études politiques de Paris, and Sant'Anna School of Advanced Studies in Pisa, among others. 


Elisa is the lead co-editor of the book series Legal Studies on Access and Benefit-sharing (Brill/Martinus Nijhoff), and on the Editorial Board of RECIEL, the Journal of International Wildlife Law & PolicyEurope and The World: A Law Review, and Spring book series Legal Issues in Transdisciplinary Environmental Studies. She is a member of the IUCN Commission on Environmental Law, the IUCN Global Specialist Group on Access and Benefit-sharing, the International Council of Environmental Law, and the Global Network for the Study of Human Rights and Environment.


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)
The Right to Water for Food and Agriculture
Morgera E, Webster E, Hamley G, Sindico F, Robbie J, Switzer S, Berger T, Silva Sànchez PP, Lennan M, Martin-Nagle R, Tsioumani E, Moynihan R, Zydek A
FAO Legislative Studies FAO Legislative Studies, No. 113 (2020)
Global environmental law : context and theory, challenge and promise
Kulovesi Kati, Mehling Michael, Morgera Elisa
Transnational Environmental Law Vol 8, pp. 405-435 (2019)
Indigenous peoples' rights to natural resources in Argentina : the challenges of impact assessment, consent and fair and equitable benefit-sharing in cases of lithium mining
Marchegiani Pia, Morgera Elisa, Parks Louisa
International Journal of Human Rights Vol 24, pp. 224-240 (2019)
Reflections on methods from an interdisciplinary research project in global environmental law
Parks Louisa, Morgera Elisa
Transnational Environmental Law (2019)
Biodiversity, pathogen sharing and international law
Switzer Stephanie, Morgera Elisa, Tsioumani Elsa, Burci Gian Luca
Environmental Health in International and EU Law (2019) (2019)

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Research interests

Prof Elisa Morgera was awarded a European Research Council Starting Grant (2013-2018) on the legal concept of fair and equitable benefit-sharing in different areas of international law (environment, oceans and human rights) and a grant under the Ecosystem Services for Poverty Alleviation (ESPA) programme (funded by the UK's Department for International Development (DFID), the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) and the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC)) investigating specifically fair and equitable benefit-sharing in international fisheries law and policy (2015-2016). Both projects are inter-disciplinary in nature.


Elisa has recently guest-edited a special issue of the Review of European, Comparative and International Environmental Law (RECIEL) on comparative environmental law (volume 24:4, 2015); and coordinated two edited volumes: the Research Handbook on International Law and Natural Resources (forth late 2016, Edward Elgar), co-edited with Prof Kati Kulovesi; and an Encyclopedia on Nature Conservation Law (forth March 2017, Edward Elgar), co-edited with Prof Jona Razzaque.

Professional activities

Linkages and Boundaries in Public and Private International Law, Hart 2018 Book Launch
Fair and equitable benefit-sharing at the intersection of international human rights and biodiversity law
BeneLex research findings at the intersection of international biodiversity and human rights law
IUCN Academy of Environmental Law 16th Annual Colloquium
BeneLex Third Workshop

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Rights for Ecosystem Services (RES): a framework to protect the environment and sustainable local communities in the EU (Giulia Sajeva MSCA - IF 2018)
Morgera, Elisa (Principal Investigator)
01-Jan-2020 - 31-Jan-2021
GCRF One Ocean Hub
Morgera, Elisa (Principal Investigator) Baum, Thomas (Co-investigator) Cathcart, Alison (Co-investigator) Clark, Bryan (Co-investigator) Da Lomba, Sylvie (Co-investigator) Heath, Mike (Co-investigator) Revie, Matthew (Co-investigator) Sindico, Francesco (Co-investigator) Switzer, Stephanie (Co-investigator) Vermeylen, Saskia (Co-investigator) Webster, Elaine (Co-investigator)
13-Jan-2019 - 12-Jan-2024
Inception Grant: GCRF One Ocean Hub
Morgera, Elisa (Principal Investigator)
03-Jan-2018 - 03-Jan-2019
EBSAs & SOI Global Dialogues
Morgera, Elisa (Principal Investigator)
15-Jan-2017 - 31-Jan-2018
Nagoya Protocol Article 4(4)
Switzer, Stephanie (Co-investigator) Morgera, Elisa (Principal Investigator) Tsioumani, Elsa (Co-investigator)
Study on behalf of Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity.
01-Jan-2017 - 15-Jan-2018
Nagoya Protocol Article 4(4)
Morgera, Elisa (Principal Investigator)
01-Jan-2017 - 15-Jan-2018

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