Law School Awarded consultancy from the EC

Elisa Morgera, Professor of Global Environment Law, and Miranda Geelhoed, a 2014 graduate in the LLM in Global Environment and Climate Change Law, have been awarded a consultancy from the European Commission to support the implementation of the Nagoya Protocol on access to genetic resources and benefit-sharing in the European Union (EU).

The consultancy is aimed at enhancing understanding of the legal definition of "utilisation" of genetic resources and of traditional knowledge under the Nagoya Protocol and under implementing legislation in the EU. The consultancy will entail legal analysis, as well as carrying out a series of interviews with different upstream users in the EU.

The award of the consultancy is in recognition of Professor Morgera's scholarship on the Nagoya Protocol and on the concept of fair and equitable benefit-sharing in international law.

Professor Morgera is the Director of the LLM programme in Global Environment and Climate Change Law and Principal Investigator of the BENELEX research project.

In 2014 Professor Morgera published a commentary on the Nagoya Protocol, which, thanks to support from Edinburgh Law School, is Open Access.

Professor Morgera is also continuing her research on fair and equitable benefit-sharing in different areas of international law under the 5-year research project BENELEX, funded by the European Research Council.

Ms Geelhoed was awarded the prestigious T.B. Smith Prize for the most outstanding student across all taught postgraduate degrees at the Law School in 2014.

Find out more about studying the LLM in Global Environment and Climate Change Law.

Read Professor Morgera's Nagoya Protocol commentary.

Find out more about the BENELEX project.