Rebecca Williams

Rebecca Williams


  • Teaching Fellow, Law
  • United Kingdom

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Rebecca Williams is a teaching fellow at the University of Strathclyde where she is the Interim Director of the Strathclyde Centre for Environmental Law and Governance and Convener for the Global Environmental Law and Governance LLM. Before joining Strathclyde Rebecca was course convener for International Environmental Law at the University of Passau, Germany, in addition to the EUI’s Environmental Law and Governance Working Group Co-Convener.

Rebecca is currently in the final stages of completing her PhD on the climate impacts of livestock production at the European University Institute (EUI), Florence. Her research interests include the intersection of the agricultural sector and environmental law and governance, particularly with respect to climate change, forests, nitrates management, trade, public health, food security and climate justice. Her knowledge spans the International and European levels (and the national where relevant for specific agricultural issues).  Rebecca has been invited to speak on issues surrounding the environmental impact of livestock production at events such as the Thoughts for Europe series and the FAO and Future Food Institue's 'Food & Climate Shapers Boot Camp'.

Rebecca also has a keen interest in improving Youth participation in climate decision making, and in April 2021 co-organised an event on Transnational Youth Climate Participation and Mobilisation’ at the EUI, bringing together young climate leaders from the Global South, civil society workers, policy makers and academics. Rebecca has also assisted a Pakistani NGO in writing a report on the environmental and human rights impacts of the China-Belt and Road Initiative in Gilgit-Baltistan. Beyond her research in evnrionmental law, Rebecca has also been a researcher for the CJEU in the Archives Project at the Academy of European Law, where CJEU dossiers were analysed from a historical and socio-legal perspectives.

Generally, Rebecca’s areas of expertise can be summarised as followed:

  • International and European Environmental Law
  • International and European Climate Change Law
  • International and European Agricultural Law
  • Agri-Trade Law

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Devlopment 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 2 - Zero Hunger
  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action

Education/Academic qualification

Master of Laws, European University Institute, Florence

Award Date: 1 Sep 2018

Bachelor of Laws, University of York

Award Date: 1 Sep 2017

External positions

PhD Candidate, European University Institute, Florence


  • Climate Change Law
  • International Environmental Law
  • European Environmental Law
  • Agricultural Law
  • Agri-Trade Law
  • Livestock
  • Agriculture


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