Mediterranean Courses on Environmental Justice 2019


The modules will be delivered by internationally renowned experts in the domain of the topics covered:

Climate Change and Human Rights: Lessons from the Justice framework

Director, Research Centers and Executive Director
UW-Madison Human Rights Program
University of Wisconsin Law School (USA)

Sumudu Atapattu is the Director of Research Centers and International Programs at the University of Wisconsin Law School, USA. She teaches seminar classes on “International Environmental Law” and “Climate Change, Human Rights and the Environment.”

She is the Executive Director of the UW-Madison Human Rights Program, Lead Counsel for Human Rights at the Center for International Sustainable Development Law, and affiliated faculty at the Raoul Wallenberg Institute for Human Rights.

Her publications include: Human Rights Approaches to Climate Change: Challenges and Opportunities (Routledge, 2016), co-editor, International Environmental Law and the Global South (CUP, 2015), co-author, Human rights and Environment: Key Issues (Routledge, forthcoming) and co-editor, The Cambridge Handbook on Environmental Justice and Sustainable Development (CUP, forthcoming).

She holds an LL.M. and a Ph.D. from the University of Cambridge, and is an Attorney-at-Law of the Supreme Court of Sri Lanka.

Legal culture in the Anthropocene

Serra Húnter Fellow of Constitutional and Environmental Law
Universitat Rovira i Virgili, Catalonia, Spain

carmen gonzalezJordi Jaria i Manzano is Serra Húnter Fellow of Constitutional and Environmental Law at Universitat Rovira i Virgili (Tarragona, Catalonia, Spain), developing his research at the CEDAT (Tarragona Centre for Environmental Law Studies). His academic qualifications are BA (Philosophy and Sciences of Education) at the Universitat de Barcelona, 1994; LLB at the same University, 1996; PhD, with European Doctorate Mention, at the Universitat Rovira i Virgili, 2004; Master in Environmental Law, at Universitat Rovira i Virgili, 2004.

He has taken part of different research projects, as EJOLT (Environmental Justice Organizations, Liabilities and Trade), European Commission (2011-2015); or Business & Human Rights challenges for cross border litigation in the European Union (2014-2016), European Commission. By now is leading the project CONCLIMA (Global Climate Constitution: Governance and law in a complex context), Spanish Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness (2017-2019), with Professor Susana Borràs.

He has published recently different articles in journals: “El constitucionalismo de la escasez (derechos, justicia y sostenibilidad)”, Revista Aranzadi de Derecho Ambiental 30, 2015; “La independència com a procés constituent. Consideracions constitucionals sobre la creació d’un estat català”, Revista d’Estudis Autonòmics i Federals 22, 2015; “Constitución, desarrollo y medio ambiente en un contexto de crisis”, Revista Catalana de Dret Ambiental 8(1), 2017. He has also edited some collective books: Derecho penal constitucional, Tirant lo Blanch, Valencia, 2015 (with Gonzalo Quintero Olivares); and Energy, Governance and Sustainability, Edward Elgar, Chentelham-Northampton, 2016 (with Nathalie Chalifour and Louis J. Kotzé).

Environmental Justice Re-Imagined

Research Professor of Law at the Faculty of Law - North-West University (South Africa)
Visiting Professor of Environmental Law - University of Lincoln (UK)

Louis Kotzé is Research Professor of Law at the Faculty of Law, North-West University, South Africa where he teaches in the post-graduate LLM programme in Environmental Law and Governance.

He is also Visiting Professor of Environmental Law at the University of Lincoln, United Kingdom. His research focuses on the Anthropocene, environmental constitutionalism, human rights, and global environmental governance.

He has over 130 publications on these themes. Recent books include: Research Handbook on Human Rights and the Environment (with Anna Grear-Edward Elgar, 2015); Global Environmental Constitutionalism in the Anthropocene (Hart, 2016); Environmental Law and Governance for the Anthropocene (Hart, 2017); Sustainable Development Goals: Law, Theory and Implementation (with Duncan French-Edward Elgar, 2018).

He is co-editor of the Journal of Human Rights and the Environment and assistant editor of Earth System Governance. In 2016 he obtained a second PhD at Tilburg University, Netherlands, and has been awarded a European Commission Horizon 2020 Marie Curie Fellowship to lead a research project during 2018-2019 at the University of Lincoln entitled: Global Ecological Custodianship-Innovative International Environmental Law for the Anthropocene (GLEC-LAW).

Ecofeminism, Environmental Justice and Climate Change

Professor of Environmental Law
Swansea University (UK)

carmen gonzalezProfessor in Environmental Law, Swansea University (2007-date), formerly Leeds University, Durham University, the Queen’s university of Belfast and the University of Buckingham. Founding co-editor of the Journal of Human Rights and the Environment.

She has published widely on public participation in environmental law with particular emphasis on gender, including: ‘Climate Change, Major Groups and the Importance of a Seat at the Table: Women and the UNFCC Negotiations’, in Jereja Penca and Correa de Andrade (eds.), The Dominance of Climate Change in Environmental Law: Taking Stock for Rio +20,  European University Institute (2012);  ‘Ecofeminism and the environment: international law and climate change’ in M. Davies and V. Munro (eds.) The Ashgate Companion to Feminist Legal Theory (2013); ‘Ecofeminist Approaches to the Construction of Knowledge and Coalition Building – Offering a way forward for international environmental law and policy’ in A. Andreas Philippopoulos-Mihalopoulos and V. Brooks (eds.) Handbook of Research Methods in Environmental Law Edward Elgar (2017); and Changing the Climate of Participation: The Development of the Gender Constituency in the Global Climate Change Regime’ in S. Macgregor (ed.): Gender and Environment Handbook Routledge (2017). She was a member of ‘Gender, Energy and Climate Change’ programme in EU COST network ‘genderSTE’ (2012-2016).


Book presentation: "Climate Change and the Voiceless: Protecting Future Generations, Wildlife, and Natural Resources" (Book abstract)

Randall S. ABATE
Professor, Department of Political Science and Sociology
Monmouth University (USA)

Randall S. Abate is the inaugural Rechnitz Family / Urban Coast Institute Endowed Chair in Marine and Environmental Law and Policy, and a Professor in the Department of Political Science and Sociology, at Monmouth University in West Long Branch, New Jersey. He teaches courses in domestic and international environmental law, constitutional law, and animal law.

Professor Abate joined the Monmouth faculty in 2018 with 24 years of full-time law teaching experience at six U.S. law schools. He has taught international and comparative law courses—and delivered invited lectures—on environmental and animal law topics in Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, Cayman Islands, China, Colombia, India, Indonesia, Kenya, Kyrgyzstan, Norway, Qatar, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Ukraine, the United Kingdom, and Vanuatu. Professor Abate has delivered invited lectures at several of the leading law schools in the world including Yale, Harvard, Cambridge, Oxford, King’s College London, the University of Sydney, the University of Pennsylvania, and Seoul National University.
  Professor Abate has published five books—and more than thirty law journal articles and book chapters—on environmental and animal law topics, with a recent emphasis on climate change law and justice.

He is the editor of
Climate Justice: Case Studies in Global and Regional Governance Challenges (ELI Press 2016), What Can Animal Law Learn from Environmental Law? (ELI Press 2015), Climate Change Impacts on Ocean and Coastal Law: U.S. and International Perspectives (Oxford University Press 2015) and co-editor of Climate Change and Indigenous Peoples: The Search for Legal Remedies (Edward Elgar 2013). Professor Abate’s latest book, Climate Change and the Voiceless: Protecting Future Generations, Wildlife, and Natural Resources
, is scheduled for publication with Cambridge University Press in August 2019. Early in his career, Professor Abate handled environmental law matters at two law firms in Manhattan. He holds a B.A. from the University of Rochester and a J.D. and M.S.E.L. (Environmental Law and Policy) from Vermont Law School.

With the support of:


Grupo de investigación Territorio, Ciudadanía y Sostenibilidad
(Grupo de Investigación Consolidado de la Generalitat de Catalunya) (2014-SGR-294)


PROYECTO DER2016-80011-P
“Constitución climática global: Gobernanza y derecho en un contexto complejo”