Antonio Cardesa-Salzmann


  • Lecturer B, Law
  • United Kingdom

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Personal Statement

I am a Lecturer in EU Environmental Law. Since July 2022, I am also Co-Director of the Strathclyde Centre for Environmental Law and Governance (SCELG) and Programme Leader of the LLM in Global Environmental Law and Governance.

Before joining the Law School in October 2016, I was a researcher and teacher of international and EU environmental law in Spain, at the University of Barcelona (2002-2010) and the University Rovira i Virgili (Tarragona, 2010-2016). As a researcher, I am particularly interested in assessing how legal systems, from a global perspective, interact and contribute to (or indeed hinder) more sustainable patterns of social reproduction. ‘Global’ law is therefore an increasingly important perspective to my teaching and research.

I have also published on the compliance with and enforcement of multilateral environmental agreements. As a member of SCELG, I also engage in research and knowledge exchange activities. These have focused recently on the implications of the UK’s decision to leave the EU on environmental law and governance in Scotland, as well as the sentencing of environmental crimes in Scotland. I have also collaborated with the UN Environment Programme for the development of CPD materials on the international legal framework for the protection of the ozone layer.

Academic / Professional qualifications

PhD, University of Barcelona

LLM, University of Barcelona

Diplôme des Hautes Études Européenes et Internationales, Institut Européen des Hautes Études Internationales (Nice, France)

LLB, University of Barcelona

Research Interests

Global law, Earth System law, societal constitutionalism, global justice, Anthropocene

Rights of nature

Regime interactions, compliance with and enforcement of multilateral environmental treaties, transnational environmental crime

EU environmental law, external environmental policy of the EU

Brexit and environmental law and governance in Scotland

Teaching Interests

At PGT level, I teach the following subjects within the LLM in Global Environmental Law and Governance:

  • Global Environmental Law
  • International Environmental Law
  • EU Environmental Law

At undergraduate level, I lead the 'Environmental Law (Hons)' module. I have designed and will lead the new 2nd and 3rd year elective 'An Introduction to Environmental Law'. In the past few years, I have also lectured Public International Law and led tutorials in Public Law.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 14 - Life Below Water
  • SDG 15 - Life on Land
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

External positions

Earth System Governance Research Fellow, Earth System Governance Research Alliance

4 Jul 2019 → …

Associated Researcher, Tarragona Centre for Environmental Law Studies (CEDAT)

1 Nov 2016 → …


  • International Environmental Law
  • EU Environmental Law
  • Global Law
  • Societal Constitutionalism
  • Human Rights
  • Rights of Nature
  • Anthropocene
  • Sustainability


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