Associate Professor of International Environmental Law University of Eastern Finland

Annalisa is Associate Professor of International Environmental Law at the Center for Climate Change, Energy and Environmental Law, University of Eastern Finland, where she serves as Director for the Joint Nordic Master Programme in Environmental Law. She holds visiting posts at Stirling University (UK), Sant’Anna School of Advanced Studies (Italy) and the University of La Sabana (Colombia).

Annalisa has authored over 40 peer-reviewed publications on international and European environmental law, which have been widely cited, including by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. She has contributed to numerous reports prepared for international organisations and governments, including Amnesty International, the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and Annalisa has given evidence to the UK, the EU and Scottish Parliaments and provided technical advice in the context of the world’s first inquiry into corporate human rights violations associated with climate change.

She is Director for Europe of the Global Network on Human Rights and the Environment, associate editor of the Review of European, Comparative and International Environmental Law and member of the IUCN World Commission on Environmental Law. She currently sits on the Board of the body scrutinising Scottish public authorities’ compliance with environmental law after the UK’s exit from the EU.

Annalisa is fellow of the UK Academy of Higher Education and has extensive experience in delivering externally contracted research.

She holds a degree in Law from the University of Brescia (Italy 2001); a Masters in International and European Law from the University of Durham (UK 2003); and a PhD in Law from the University of Copenhagen (Denmark 2013).


This module will provide students with an overview of the conceptual architecture of international environmental law. This includes a study of the evolution, sources and principles of international environmental law, the role of key actors and institutions (in particular business and industry) and of compliance mechanisms. It will also discuss the nature and extent of the impact that international environmental law has on the private sector and vice versa. It will then examine through a case study of the climate change regime how international environmental law works in practice.

Green Energy and Sustainable Businesses