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Dr Emanuela Orlando

Post:Lecturer in Environmental Law (Law, Sussex European Institute)

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Emanuela Orlando is Lecturer in environmental law at Sussex Law School.

She joined the School of Law, Politics and Sociology of the University of Sussex in September 2013. She was previously at the University of Cambridge as Isaac Newton - Dorothy Emmet Research Fellow at Lucy Cavendish College and affiliated lecturer at the Faculty of Law. She holds law degrees from the University of Siena (Italian law degree), the University of Oxford (MJur in European and Comparative law), and the European University Institute (PhD).

Prior to fully engaging in the academic career, Emanuela has practiced law in major international law firms in Rome, worked for the European Commission, and as legal adviser for the Italian Ministry of Environment, Land and Sea (IMELS) in the framework of its bilateral cooperation activities in the Balkan countries.

Emanuela's research interests are in the field of international and European environmental law, with special focus on the relationship and interplay between EU and international law and the external dimension of EU environmental policies.

She is currently working on two research projects, respectively on the relationship between law and criminology in relation to the prevention of environmental crimes, and on the interplay between EU law and International law in the field of liability for environmental harm. 

She has written extensively on the question of environmental liability, environmental governance, and climate change regulation. Her recent publications include:

Towards a Socio-Legal Approach to Environmental Harms: Global Perspectives, T. Bergin and E. Orlando (eds.) Routledge (2017).

‘Corruption and Conflict in Natural Resources’, in Research Handbook on International Law and Natural Resources, E. Morgera and K. Kulovesi (eds.), Edward Elgar (2016).

'From Domestic to Global? Recent Trends in Environmental Liability in a Multilevel and Comparative Law Perspective’ (2015) 24 Review of European, Comparative & International Environmental Law 3.

'Private and Public in the Law of Environmental Liability' in International Law for the Common Good, F. Lenzerini and A. Vrdoljak (eds.) (Hart, 2014);

'The evolution of EU environmental law and Policy: Achievement and Current Challenges', in The EU, the US and Climate Governance, F. Francioni and C. Bakker (eds.) (Ashgate 2014);

'Balancing Climate Change Mitigation and Environmental Protection Interests in the EU Directive on Carbon Capture and Storage' (2012), 3 Climate Law (with M. Montini).

Emanuela is member of the editorial board of the German Law Journal.






Lecturer in Environmental Law

Community and Business

January 2013: organiser of a joint workshop with the European Commission and the Center of European Legal Studies (Univ. Cambridge) aimed at discussing the European Commission's draft guidelines for simplified environmental impact assessment procedures for trans-european priority energy infrastructure projects. Speakers and participants at the workshop included representatives from the European Commission, National Grid, the Netherlands Commission for Environmental Assessment, and the Milieu Ltd. consultancy in Brussels. 

2008-2011: Legal adviser to the Italian Ministry of Environment in the framework of its international cooperation activities in the Balkans, with special focus on Montenegro. In this capacity, Emanuela has provided legal support in the process of approximation of montengrin domestic legislation to EU environmental law, and in the process of ratification and implementation of international environmental agreements in the field of climate change and air pollution. 

2010: Legal expert for Italy for the University of Edinburgh in the European Commission (DG Enterprise and Industry) funded project "Study of the Legal Framework on Human Rights and Environment Applicable to European Enterprises Operating Outside the EU". 

2009-2011: Lecturer in the Sino-Italian Advanced Training Programme in Environmental Management, organised by the Italian Ministry of Environment and directed to ministry officials and functionnaires of the Republic of China. 

2009-2010: Legal expert in EU law for Regional Environmental Center (REC) in the project "Technical Assistance for Issuing Concessions on Integrated Waste Management in four regions in Macedonia"