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Department of Land Economy

Environment, Law & Economics

Vincenzo Elia is a teaching and research assistant at the Centre for European Legal Studies (CEJE) of the University of Geneva. Furthermore, he is a double Ph.D. candidate in EU and international climate change law between the Department of international public law and international organisation of the University of Geneva and the Department of legal studies of the University of Bologna.

As part of his Ph.D. studies, he is writing a dissertation on EU and international climate change law entitled The European Union as an Actor of the Global Climate Regime under the supervision of Professors Makane Moïse Mbengue, Christine Kaddous and Federico Casolari. His research aims to understand how and to what extent the EU contributes to the development and implementation of the global climate regime through the analysis of the elements of the concept of EU actorness. The analysis will lead to the redefinition of the concept of EU actorness in the field of climate change. Furthermore, an attempt will be made to propose a new model to bring research on actorness to a systematic level and eventually reproducible also outside the EU.

His research activities at the Centre for Environmental, Energy and Natural Resources Governance (C-EERNG) at the University of Cambridge are supervised by Professor Jorge E. Vinuales. The aim is to study the systemic and structural problems of the global climate regime, with particular focus on those related to governance, implementation, and regulation mechanisms. The analysis of these issues will be essential for a proper understanding of the role that regional international organizations, such as the EU, may play in strengthening the effectiveness of the global climate regime and in filling its gaps.