Dr Francesco Sindico

Reader In International Environ. Law


Personal statement

Francesco has been at Strathclyde Law School since 2012. He has established and develoepd the Strathclyde Centre for Environmental Law and Governance (SCELG), now one of the leading centres in the UK in the field of environmental law. Francesco thrives in multidisciplinary and multipartner projects and environments. He brings passion and competence to his work on International Environmental Law and is always keen to learn more and develop new partnerships. Francesco is an academic who believes universities need to work with non-academic partners and share results from their research also in ways that will deliver real impact on the ground. 


Has expertise in:

    Francesco has worked closely with international organisations, non-governmental organisations and governments in a number of consultancies and projects. He feels comfortable providing training on complex international legal matters to non-legal audiences in an accessible and engaging fashion. He has experience in either leading or contributing projects requiring a quick turn around and immediate results. He has developed over the past years experience in providing legal advice to governments in interstate disputes before international courts, hence honing his legal skills with the necessary strategic litigation skills required to provide tailored and effective advice to his clients.


Francesco Sindico is Reader in International Environmental Law at the University of Strathclyde Law School in Glasgow, Scotland, UK. He is also the Co-Director of the Strathclyde Centre for Environmental Law and Governance. Francesco is a co-investigator on the One Ocean Hub.

Previous posts include Lecturer in International Law at the Centre for Energy, Petroleum and Mineral Law and Policy of the University of Dundee (where he is currently an Honorary Lecturer in International Law) and Lecturer in Law at the School of Law of the University of Surrey, Guildford, UK, where he also served as Deputy Director of the Environmental Regulatory Research Group. 

Francesco Sindico holds a PhD in Law from the Universitat Jaume I in Castellon de la Plana, Spain, an LLM in International Law and International Relations from the Autonoma University in Madrid, Spain and an LLB in Law from the University of Turin, Italy. 


Transboundary cooperation
Pastori Alejandro, Sindico Francesco
The Paraná River Basin Managing Water Resources to Sustain Economic Services (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)
Climate change : COP26 Glasgow will provide world stage for Scotland’s green innovation
White Christopher J, Sindico Francesco, Bell Keith
Islands and COVID-19 : A Global Survey
Sindico Francesco, Sajeva Giulia, Sharman Nicola, Berlouis Patricia, Ellsmoor James
Placing the community at the heart of island governance : The Islands (Scotland) Act 2018
Sindico Francesco, Crook Nicola
Edinburgh Law Review Vol 23, pp. 441-448 (2019)
Exploring the role of law and governance in technology and innovation for sustainable development : insights from the 2018 IUCN academy of environmental law colloquium
Tsioumani Elsa, Sindico Francesco, Switzer Stephanie

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Francesco has been teaching for over ten years in three different UK higher education institutions (University of Strathclyde, University of Dundee and University of Surrey) and as a visiting lecturer in several UK and oversea universities. He is confortable teaching at both post graduate and undergraduate level and has a strong experience in teaching law to students from other schools.

Post graduate teaching experience:

  • International Environmental Law
  • Climate Change and International Law
  • Climate Change and Litigation
  • International Trade Law
  • Global Water Policy (for students in Engineering)

Undergraduate teaching experience

  • Environmental Law
  • Public International Law
  • Public Law (tutorials)
  • Property Law (tutorials)

Research interests

Francesco's main areas of work include International Water Law, International Climate Change Law, Sustainable Development and International Trade Law.

He is currently working on several projects, which include a monograph on Transboundary Aquifers and International Law, which will culminate over 10 years of research and professional experience in this field. He has collaborated extensively with international organisations and advised governments before international courts in the field of International Water Law in this period. 

From a water law perspective Francesco is expanding his work exploring the land/sea interface and how to coordinate transboundary water governance and law of the sea in order to mitigate ocean pollution. He is undertaking this area of research in the context of the One Ocean Hub project. Another emerging area of work for Francesco is a critical analysis of youth movements and how they can become meaninful actors in promoting sustainability policies. Again, he is undertaking this strand of research in the context of the One Ocean Hub.

Francesco is also leading the Climate Change Litigation Initative (C2LI) together with the University of Geneva and the National University of Singapore. C2LI will lead first to a book on climate change litigation and then to a policy oriented virtual platform aimed at exploring climate change litigation in countries with little or no litigation using a scenario based methodology.

Francesco has been one of the leading organisers of the 2018 IUCN Academy of Environmental Law Colloqium and is now co-editing the book sytemming from the event titled "The Transformation of Environmental Law and Governance: Innovation, Risk and Resilience".

Professional activities

Engage with Strathclyde - Natural Resources Governance, Conflict and Socially Committed FuturesA Conversation between Latin America and Europe
University of Hawai’i Law Review Symposium 2018 “The Role of International Courts in Protecting the Commons”
Expert Workshop “Interpreting Human Rights Obligations in Light of the IPCC Special Report on the impacts of global warming of 1.5 °C above pre-industrial levels”, organised by the Centre for International Environmental Law, Earthjustice and the Geneva Academyof International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights, Geneva, Switzerland, ‘Human Rights Thresholds in the Context of Climate Change’
IUCN Academy of Environmental Law 16th Annual Colloquium
Climate Change Litigation: trends, policy implications and the way forward
2nd SCELG Public Lecture, II SCELG Festival of Environmental Law and Governance, University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, 3 May 2018, ‘Climate Change: Challenges and Opportunities for Litigation’

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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
Legislative Study on the Right to Water for Food and Agriculture
Switzer, Stephanie (Researcher) Morgera, Elisa (Principal Investigator) Vermeylen, Saskia (Co-investigator) Webster, Elaine (Co-investigator) Sindico, Francesco (Co-investigator)
Legislative Study on the Right to Water for Food and Agriculture - Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)
10-Jan-2017 - 31-Jan-2018
Legislative Study on the Right to Water for Food and Agriculture
Morgera, Elisa (Principal Investigator) Sindico, Francesco (Co-investigator) Vermeylen, Saskia (Co-investigator) Webster, Elaine (Co-investigator)
10-Jan-2017 - 31-Jan-2018
Climate Change Litigation Initative
Sindico, Francesco (Principal Investigator) Moise Mbengue, Makane (Principal Investigator) Lin, Jolene (Principal Investigator)
The Climate Change Litigation Initiative (C2LI) reviews climate change litigation in 30 countries using a scenario-based methodology. The initiative focuses on countries where litigation exists, but also on countries with little or no little litigation. CL2I is led by Strathclyde Centre for Environmental Law and Governance (SCELG), the University of Geneva Law School and the National University of Singapore Asia Pacific Centre for Environmental Law. C2LI has started in the framework of the 2018 biannual Conference of the International Academy of Comparative Law, but has now grown in a long-term initiative aimed at contributing to the discourse on climate change litigation and providing policy relevant tools to policy makers and wider stakeholders.

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