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Personal Statement

Elisa Morgera is Professor of Global Environmental Law and Co-Director of Strathclyde Centre for Environmental Law and Governance. She specializes in international, European and comparative environmental law, with a particular focus on the interaction between biodiversity law and human rights (particularly those of indigenous peoples and local communities), equity and sustainability in natural resource development, oceans governance, and corporate accountability. Elisa has also researched the environmental dimensions of the external relations of the European Union (EU).



Research Interests

Prof Elisa Morgera was awarded a European Research Council Starting Grant (2013-2018) on the legal concept of fair and equitable benefit-sharing in different areas of international law (environment, oceans and human rights) and a grant under the Ecosystem Services for Poverty Alleviation (ESPA) programme (funded by the UK's Department for International Development (DFID), the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) and the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC)) investigating specifically fair and equitable benefit-sharing in international fisheries law and policy (2015-2016). Both projects are inter-disciplinary in nature.


Elisa has recently guest-edited a special issue of the Review of European, Comparative and International Environmental Law (RECIEL) on comparative environmental law (volume 24:4, 2015); and coordinated two edited volumes: the Research Handbook on International Law and Natural Resources (forth late 2016, Edward Elgar), co-edited with Prof Kati Kulovesi; and an Encyclopedia on Nature Conservation Law (forth March 2017, Edward Elgar), co-edited with Prof Jona Razzaque.

Industrial Relevance

Elisa has served as a consultant for the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO), the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), the European Commission, the UN Development Programme (UNDP) and the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD). In addition, Elisa has participated as an observer in international environmental negotiations, including under the CBD and on marine biodiversity in areas beyond national jurisdiction, since 2005.


Prior to joining academia, Elisa served as legal officer for FAO, advising over fifty countries in Africa, Asia, Latin America and the South Pacific on improving domestic legislation on natural resources; and as environmental management officer for UNDP in the Eastern Caribbean, working closely with the Global Environment Facility.

Academic / Professional qualifications

Elisa has a PhD in international law from the European University Institue and an LLM in Environmental Law from University College London. Since 2015 Elisa has also been holding the honorary post of Adjunct Professor of International and European Environmental Law at the University of Eastern Finland. Prior to joining Strathclyde University, Elisa was Professor of Global Environmental Law at Edinburgh University Law School, where she was based since 2009. Elisa has also taught at the Academy of Human Rights Law of the European University Institute, l'Institut d'études politiques de Paris, and Sant'Anna School of Advanced Studies in Pisa, among others. 


Elisa is the lead co-editor of the book series Legal Studies on Access and Benefit-sharing (Brill/Martinus Nijhoff), and on the Editorial Board of RECIEL, the Journal of International Wildlife Law & PolicyEurope and The World: A Law Review, and Spring book series Legal Issues in Transdisciplinary Environmental Studies. She is a member of the IUCN Commission on Environmental Law, the IUCN Global Specialist Group on Access and Benefit-sharing, the International Council of Environmental Law, and the Global Network for the Study of Human Rights and Environment.

Expertise & Capabilities

Elisa has direct experience of international law-making in the areas of biodiversity, oceans and corporate environmental accountability; and of participatory reform of national legislation on natural resources (forests, fisheries, mountains, organic agriculture, wildlife).


Elisa speaks Italian, French, Spanish and Portuguese. She has conducted field work (for the UN or on academic research projects) in Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Barbados, Belgium, Bolivia, Burundi, Cameroon, Cape Verde, Chile, Comoros, Croatia, Dominica, Egypt, Georgia, Greece, Grenada, Hungary, Jordan, Malaysia, Namibia, Niue, Rwanda, Sao Tome and Principe, St. Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, South Africa, Syria, Tonga, United Kingdom, Uzbekistan, Uruguay.


External positions

Adjunct Professor of International and EU Environmental Law, University of Eastern Finland

1 Mar 2015 → …


  • International Environmental Law
  • Biodiversity
  • human rights
  • EU environmental law
  • comparative environmental law
  • benefit-sharing
  • equity
  • oceans

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Projects 2016 2019

Selected Research Output 2004 2018

17 Citations

The need for an international legal concept of fair and equitable benefit-sharing

Morgera, E., 31 May 2016, In : European Journal of International Law. 27, 2, p. 353-383 31 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
international law
international agreement

Fair and equitable benefit-sharing at the cross-roads of the human right to science and international biodiversity law

Morgera, E., 21 Dec 2015, In : Laws. 4, 4, p. 803-831 29 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
human rights
traditional knowledge

EU Environmental Law

Morgera, E., 2014, European Union Law . Barnard & P. (eds.). p. 651-679 8 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

environmental protection
environmental law

Unraveling The Nagoya Protocol: A Commentary of the Protocol on Access and Benefit-Sharing to the Convention on Biological Diversity

Morgera, E., Tsioumani, E. & Buck, M., 2014, (Legal Studies on Access and Benefit-sharing)

Research output: Book/ReportBook

Open Access
international law
intellectual property
right of ownership
research and development

Environmental Integration in the EU’s External Relations: Beyond Multilateral Dimensions

Morgera, E. & Marin Duran, G., 2012, 380 p.

Research output: Book/ReportBook

third countries
environmental protection
environmental policy
31 Citations

Corporate Accountability in International Environmental Law

Morgera, E., 2009, 336 p.

Research output: Book/ReportBook

international organization
private sector
environmental law
environmental protection

Selected Activities 2011 2018

UN Convention on Biological Diversity (External organisation)

Morgera, E. (Advisor)
2016 → …

Activity: MembershipMembership of committee

Review of European, Comparative and International Environmental Law (Journal)

Morgera, E. (Guest editor)

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial workJournal or guest editorship

European Commission (External organisation)

Morgera, E. (Advisor)
2015 → …

Activity: MembershipMembership of committee

Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (External organisation)

Morgera, E. (Advisor)
2014 → …

Activity: MembershipMembership of committee

Martinus Nijhoff Publishers (Publisher)

Morgera, E. (Editor)
2012 → …

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial workEditorial board member

UN Convention on Biological Diversity (External organisation)

Morgera, E. (Member)
2011 → …

Activity: MembershipMembership of committee