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.


'Splendid isolation' : Embracing islandness in a global pandemic
Agius Karl, Sindico Francesco, Sajeva Giulia, Baldacchino Godfrey
Island Studies Journal (2021)
Earth jurisprudence : new paths ahead
Sajeva Giulia
Diritto e questioni pubbliche Vol 20, pp. 7-10 (2020)
Do we need earth jurisprudence? Looking for change in new old friends
Sajeva Giulia
Diritto e questioni pubbliche Vol 20, pp. 11-28 (2020)
Anthropocene : new encounters, old patterns. A few comments on payments for ecosystem services
Sajeva Giulia
Soft Power Vol 7, pp. 69-88 (2020)
Egadi Islands, COVID-19 Island Insight Series
Sajeva Giulia
2030 for the EU : Real steps of change? A short commentary on Biodiversity Strategy and Farm to Fork
Lennan Mitchell, Quist Sofie, Sajeva Giulia, Schroder Mika

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Professional activities

Springer Nature (Publisher)
Peer reviewer
Seminar for the Political Ecology Association of the students of the Università degli Study di Palermo.
Invited speaker
Panel Discussion on Biocultural Rights and Community Protocols. Protecting and Promoting Indigenous Peoples’ and Local Communities’ Ways of Life,
Invited speaker
Seminar on Environmental Justice: global inequalities for the Master course in Cooperation, Development and Migration, Department of Culture and Society, Università degli Studi di Palermo
Invited speaker
Third Biennial Conference of the Political Ecology Network
Book launch on Ecological Integrity? Dialogues among Ethics, Economy and Politics

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COVID-19 Island Insights
Sindico, Francesco (Principal Investigator) Sajeva, Giulia (Co-investigator) Ramdall, James (Principal Investigator) Brinklow, Laurie (Co-investigator)
COVID-19 Island Insights is a project in collaboration with Island Innovation and the University of Prince Edward Island Institute for Island Studies. It reviews how 24 islands around the world have coped with COVId-19 and are planning a more resilient and sustainable recovery therefrom. A series of primers on thematic issues will be developed and presented at COP26. The project is being supported in kind by the partners involved. For further information see http://islandstudies.com/island-insights-series/
01-Jan-2020 - 01-Jan-2021

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