Dr Stephanie Switzer

Senior Lecturer


Personal statement

Dr Stephanie Switzer is an academic at the Strathclyde Law School and has expertise in the fields of International Trade Law and Global Health Law. She works and practises in these fields and together with colleagues, has collaborated with international organisations such as the European Commission, the Convention on Biological Diversity and the Food and Agriculture Organisation on policy relevant research and consultancies. She was also recently invited to participate in a closed-door workshop organised by the World Health Organization on access and benefit sharing of pathogens.

Stephanie is a co-investigator in the UKRI funded One Ocean Hub and is also a founding member and co-director of the Strathclyde Centre for Environmental Law and Governance. She has held a large number of leadership roles while at Strathclyde and was Associate Dean Postgraduate (Taught) for the HaSS Faculty from 2015 until 2017. She is currently the Director of the Strathclyde Law School's postgraduate taught programmes and has advised other UK Universities on their postgraduate offerings. She also co-organised the XVI instalment of the IUCN Academy of Environmental Law in 2018 and supervises doctoral projects in her fields of expertise. She was previously a Member of the Law Society of Scotland's Education and Training subcommittee and played a leading role in the development of Strathclyde's English Law programmes. 


The principle of sovereignty over natural resources and the WTO
Switzer Stephanie
Encyclopedia on Trade and Environmental Law (2021) (2021)
Risk, innovation and resilience : moving towards mutual supportiveness
Sindico Francesco, Switzer Stephanie, Qin Tianbao
The Transformation of Environmental Law and Governance Risk, Innovation and Resilience (2021) (2021)
Ocean plastics : wither a treaty?
Kantai Tallash, Switzer Stephanie, Hamley Graham, Sindico Francesco
Untangling the net of the fisheries subsidies debate
Switzer Stephanie
Digital Sequence Information : an Evidence Review: Final Report
ICF ICF Consulting Services Ltd, Smith Elta, Switzer Stephanie, Morgera Elisa
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)

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Global Health Law, Law of the World Trade Organisation 

Research interests

Regime interactions; special and differential treatment; Law of the World Trade Organisation; Global health Law 

Professional activities

An Overview of the Trade Bill
IUCN Academy of Environmental Law 16th Annual Colloquium
External Advisor - Validation event - LLM in International Commercial Law, Aston Law School (Event)
World Health Organisation, in collaboration with the UN Convention on Biodiversity, closed workshop on Facilitating access and benefit sharing (ABS) for pathogens to support public health.
Current Issues in WTO dispute settlement
Law Society of Scotland's Trade Policy Working Group (External organisation)

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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
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
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

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