Dr Giulia Sajeva

International Fellow


Personal statement

Giulia Sajeva began to explore the interface between environmental protection and human rights since her BA in Political Science and International Relations (Università degli Studi di Palermo), for her thesis on the implementation of the Convention on International Trade of Endangered Species in the EU. For her MSc in Conservation Science (Imperial College London, 2009) she focused on the circumstances that influence the success of Access and Benefit Sharing agreements between indigenous peoples and third parties. In 2012, Sajeva began a PhD research project in Human Rights at the Department of Law (Università degli Studi di Palermo) on the novel and controversial idea of biocultural rights. In 2015, Sajeva enrolled in the MSc in Rule of Law and Constitutional Democracy (Università di Genova) and was awarded it with a thesis on the recognition of rights to the environment in the new Ecuadorian Constitution as a constituzionalization of indigenous peoples’ ethics. Sajeva then published her first monograph with Oxford University Press with the title: When Rights Embrace Responsibilities. Biocultural Rights and the Conservation of the Environment. The interdisciplinary of her career path earned her the election as Vice-President of the Religion and Conservation Biology Working Group of the Society of Conservation Biology (2016-2019). After her doctorate, Dr. Sajeva engaged in seminars and reading groups with graduate and post-graduate students at the University of Palermo and was invited to present her research at University College London, Cambridge University, University of Strathclyde, Humboldt Universitat, Università degli Studi di Padova, and University of Ljubljana.

She now is a Marie Curie Fellow (Horizon 2020) at the Strathclyde Centre for Environmental Law and Governance, Strathclyde University, Glasgow, where she is supervised by Prof. Elisa Morgera on her project on Rights for Ecosystem Services.


Inside-out. Internal and external limits to rights : does it matter?
Sajeva Giulia
Diritto e questioni pubbliche Vol 19, pp. 201-223 (2019)
Meanings and More… : Policy Brief of the ICCA Consortium no. 7
Sajeva Giulia, Borrini-Feyerabend Grazia, Niederberger Thomas
Un passo avanti e un passo indietro nell'Antropocene : Rights for Ecosystem Services, comunità locali e REDD
Sajeva G
Diritto e questioni pubbliche Vol 19, pp. 275-289 (2019)
When Rights Embrace Responsibilities : Biocultural Rights and the Conservation of the Environment
Sajeva Giulia
An overview of international legal and institutional frameworks for promoting community action in conservation
Pyhälä Aili, Frascaroli Fabrizio, Sajeva Giulia
5th European Congress of Conservation Biology (2018)
The conservation of the environment in Ecuador's constitution
Sajeva Giulia
Materiali per una storia della cultura giuridica, pp. 359-381 (2017)

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The Rights of Sustainable Local Communities: Moving beyond Payments for Ecosystem Services and Biocultural Rights
Environmentally-conditioned rights. Double foundations and internal limits: a good idea?
Winter School Lieu, Human Rights and Vulnerability, PhD in Human Rights: evolution, protection and limit, Universtà degli Studi di Palermo
Human Rights Theory and Practice Course on Critical Theories of Law, PhD in Human Rights: evolution, protection and limit, Universtà degli Studi di Palermo
ICCAs Consortium - Indigenous Peoples and Conserved Areas (External organisation)
Balancing Environmental Responsibilities. Issues and Challenges for Biocultural Rights

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