Environment

5a/2022: Environmental policy and law in multilevel systems

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  • Project duration: December 2011 - December 2023
  • Project status: ongoing
  • Funding:
    Internal funding EURAC (Project)

The research cluster “Environmental policy and law in multilevel systems” was established in 2010. Since environmental problems usually have local, national, and transnational dimensions, the Institute investigates whether and how the management and conservation of natural resources, as well as the protection of the environment, are guaranteed both at different governmental levels and, from a comparative perspective, in different legal systems.

The main research fields covered so far are: the impact of EU environmental law on the Italian national and regional/provincial legislation; the division of legislative competences between the Italian state and regions/autonomous provinces; the management and protection of water resources; public participation in the environmental decision-making procedures; the protection of biodiversity and ecological connectivity; the improvement and harmonization of low carbon policies and strategies.

Beyond basic research, a number of third-party (EU and Autonomous Province of Bolzano/Bozen) funded projects and consultancies have been carried out.

The work in this area can be grouped in the following six strategic sub-categories:

(1) Multilevel governance

(a) Environmental protection in multi-layered systems (ongoing)

(b) The impact of EU-legislation on the Autonomy of South Tyrol (2013-2018)

(2) Constitutional reforms and autonomies

(a) Allocation of competences between the Italian State and the Autonomous Province of Bolzano/Bozen (2014-2015)

(b) Research on the implications of the Italian constitutional reform for the environmental competence, within the institute’s project “Italian Constitutional Reform 2015/16” (2015-2016)

(c) Research on the centralising tendencies with regard to environmental policy in the UK following the Brexit (ongoing)

(3) Water governance

(a) Water governance in Italy and the challenge of sustainability (2010-2011)

(b) Consultancy report for the University of Trento on water governance (2016)

(c) Consultancy for the World Bank on Italian water laws in the framework of the World Bank's annual publication “Enabling the Business of Agriculture” (2018)

(4) Renewable energies and climate change

(a) Low carbon South East Europe LOCSEE (2013-2014)

(b) Enhancing Environmental Performarce and Climate Proofing of Infrastructure Investments in the Western Balkans from an EU integration perspectives (2017-2019)

(c) Outlook on climate change adaptation in the Carpathian mountains, UNEP (2017)

(d) GLOMOS conference on disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation (2018)

(5) Participatory democracy

(a) Regulating and promoting public participation in EIA in selected pilot Provinces and Municipalities (2013-2014)

(b) Participation in an international network of scholars focusing on water and participation, led by the Universities of Erlangen and Turin (2016-2017)

(6) Environmental protection

Publications
Incorporating Indigenous Rights in the International Regime on Biodiversity Protection: Access, Benefit-sharing and Conservation in Indigenous Lands
Cittadino F (2020)
Presentation/Speech

Conference: Book launch | Trento | 18.2.2020 - 18.2.2020

Commento alla sessione "Il dibattito pubblico come strumento di partecipazione ambientale"
Cittadino F (2020)
Presentation/Speech

Conference: Il dibattito pubblico in prospettiva multilivello| tra mito partecipativo e prassi istituzionale | Verona : 30.1.2020 - 31.1.2020

https://hdl.handle.net/10863/13271

Incorporating indigenous rights in the CBD: A theoretical model that should inform implementation
Cittadino F (2020)
Internet

More information: https://voelkerrechtsblog.org/incorporating-indigenous-right ...

https://hdl.handle.net/10863/14738

The EU and climate change: leader or laggard
Cittadino F (2019)
Internet

More information: https://blogs.eurac.edu/eu-elections/the-eu-and-climate-chan ...

https://hdl.handle.net/10863/12052

Environmental migrants in the activities of international organizations: the issue of the definition and other legal problems
Cittadino F (2019)
Presentation/Speech

Conference: ILA regional conference Slovenia - Migration and international legal regulation | Portorose | 28.6.2019 - 29.6.2019

https://hdl.handle.net/10863/11987

There’s a climate emergency! A bit more than a warning, a bit less than a fully-fledged commitment
Cittadino F (2019)
Internet

More information: https://blogs.eurac.edu/eureka/theres-a-climate-emergency/

https://hdl.handle.net/10863/12639

Science novit curia? Damage evaluation methods and the role of experts in the Costa Rica v Nicaragua case
Cittadino F (2019)
Journal article
Questions of International Law

More information: http://www.qil-qdi.org/scientia-novit-curia-damage-evaluatio ...

https://hdl.handle.net/10863/10134

The role of indigenous peoples in the evolution and implementation of international biodiversity law
Cittadino F (2019)
Presentation/Speech

Conference: 6th CUCS conference (University Coordination for Development Cooperation) on “Citizenship and Common Goods” | Trento | 19.9.2019 - 21.9.2019

https://hdl.handle.net/10863/12533

A Short Reply to Rebecca Nelson’s Post 'Federalism and Environmental Frontiers'
Cittadino F (2019)
Internet

More information: https://blog-iacl-aidc.org/2019-posts/2019/11/19/a-short-rep ...

https://hdl.handle.net/10863/11837

Federalism, the Environment and the Rule of Law
Cittadino F (2019)
Presentation/Speech

Conference: International Winter School on Federalism and the Rule of Law, Institute for Comparative Federalism of Eurac Research; Faculty of Law and School of Political Science and Sociology, University of Innsbruck | Innsbruck; Bolzano | 11.2.2019 - 15.2.2019

https://hdl.handle.net/10863/9109

Incorporating Indigenous Rights in the International Regime on Biodiversity Protection: Access, Benefit-sharing and Conservation in Indigenous Lands
Cittadino F (2019)
Brill
978-90-04-36419-6
(Legal Studies on Access and Benefit-sharing)
Authored book

More information: https://brill.com/view/title/36440

https://doi.org/10.1163/9789004364400

https://hdl.handle.net/10863/19192

La tutela dell'ambiente: la prevenzione delle alluvioni e la qualità dell'aria
Alberton M, Cittadino F, Mitrotta E (2019)
Contribution in book
EU-Mitgliedschaft und Südtirols Autonomie II: die Auswirkungen der EU-Mitgliedschaft auf die Autonomie des Landes Südtirol am Beispiel ausgewählter Gesetzgebungs- und Verwaltungskompetenzen - eine Fortsetzung ; Handbuch

https://hdl.handle.net/10863/12036

Environmental Justice and the Inclusion of the Indigenous Peoples’ Rights Agenda in International Climate and Biodiversity Law
Alberton M, Cittadino F, Tomaselli A (2019)
Presentation/Speech

Conference: Environmental Justice Conference | Norwich | 2.7.2019 - 4.7.2019

https://hdl.handle.net/10863/12412

Sustainability and Participation in International Environmental Law: the Protection of Biodiversity
Cittadino F, Mitrotta E (2019)
Presentation/Speech

Conference: Workshop Sustainability and Participation from a comparative, international and EU perspective | Bayreuth | 26.9.2019 - 27.9.2019

https://hdl.handle.net/10863/12513

The Environmental Implementation Review and Italy: when governance matters as much as substance
Cittadino F (2019)
Internet

More information: https://blogs.eurac.edu/eu-elections/environmental-implement ...

https://hdl.handle.net/10863/12053

Four reasons to celebrate EU biodiversity law
Cittadino F (2019)
Internet

More information: https://blogs.eurac.edu/eu-elections/four-reasons-to-celebra ...

https://hdl.handle.net/10863/9233

La protezione multilivello dell’ambiente: evoluzione storica, trend europei e quadro giuridico provinciale
Cittadino F (2018)
Presentation/Speech

Conference: Formazione insegnanti delle scuole di madre lingua tedesca dell'Alto Adige - Europa, quo vadis? | Bolzano | 13.11.2018 - 13.11.2018

Indigenous Peoples and Sustainable Development within the International Biodiversity Regime
Cittadino F (2018)
Contribution in book
Rethinking Sustainable Development in Terms of Justice: Issues of Theory, Law and Governance

https://hdl.handle.net/10863/7740

La gestione delle acque in Italia prima e dopo l'adozione della Direttiva quadro sulle acque e della Direttiva alluvioni
Alberton M, Cittadino F (2018)
Contribution in book
La Direttiva quadro sulle acque (2000/60/CE) e la Direttiva alluvioni (2007/60/CE): attuazione e interazioni con particolare riferimento all'Italia

https://hdl.handle.net/10863/8416

La disciplina europea in materia di acque e alluvioni
Alberton M, Cittadino F (2018)
Contribution in book
La Direttiva quadro sulle acque (2000/60/CE) e la Direttiva alluvioni (2007/60/CE): attuazione e interazioni con particolare riferimento all'Italia

More information: https://iris.unitn.it/retrieve/handle/11572/223153/233528/

https://hdl.handle.net/10863/12035

Competenza in materia di ambiente, perché tutte le Regioni la vogliono?
Cittadino F (2018)
Internet

More information: https://www.lacostituzione.info/index.php/2018/12/01/compete ...

https://hdl.handle.net/10863/9259

Shaping the Convention on Biological Diversity: The Rising Importance of Indigenous Peoples within the Nagoya Protocol on Access and Benefit-Sharing
Cittadino F (2018)
Contribution in book
Non-State Actors and International Obligations: Creation, Evolution and Enforcement

https://hdl.handle.net/10863/7809

Public participation in the Water Framework Directive (WFD): A contribution to deliberative democracy?
Cittadino F (2017)
Contribution in book
Best practices for the protection of water by law: Focus on participatory instruments in environmental law and policies

https://hdl.handle.net/10863/7816

Environmental Protection and Power-Sharing in Italy
Cittadino F (2017)
Presentation/Speech

Conference: Winter School on Federalism and Governance 2017, Federalism and Power-Sharing | Bolzano | 30.1.2017 - 3.2.2017

https://hdl.handle.net/10863/9111

Shaping the Convention on Biological Diversity: The Rising Importance of Indigenous Peoples
Cittadino F (2016)
Presentation/Speech

Conference: ILA British Branch Spring Conference, Non-State Actors and Changing Relations in International Law | Lancaster | 8.4.2016 - 9.4.2016

Indigenous Peoples and the Protection of Biodiversity: Does Sustainable Development Play a Role?
Cittadino F (2016)
Presentation/Speech

Conference: 1st Tarragona International Environmental Law Colloquium | Tarragona | 5.5.2016 - 6.5.2016

Rapporto sull’applicazione della Direttiva quadro sulle acque (2000/60/CE) e la Direttiva alluvioni (2007/60/CE) in Italia
Alberton M, Cittadino F (2016)
Trento
Report
Public participation in the Water Framework Directive (WFD): An Example of Participatory Democracy?
Cittadino F (2016)
Presentation/Speech

Conference: Workshop and Expert Seminar| Best practices for the protection of water in times of crisis | Erlangen : 22.4.2016 - 23.4.2016

Seminar on EU Environmental Law: The Case of GMOs
Cittadino F (2016)
Presentation/Speech

Conference: European Union Law – Trento Seminar (series of lectures organised by the Law Faculty of the University of Trento for Master's students from the Vermont Law School) | Trento | 8.3.2016 - 10.3.2016

The Interaction between the State and Indigenous Peoples in the Management of Natural Resources within the Convention on Biological Diversity
Cittadino F (2016)
Presentation/Speech

Conference: International Winter School on Federalism and Governance 2016 “Conflict and Cooperation in Federal Systems” | Innsbruck and Bolzano/Bozen | 1.2.2016 - 12.2.2016

News of the Month October 2016, Close-up on the Constitutional Reform: Possible Impacts on Autonomous Regions and Selected Policies
Cittadino F (2016)
Internet

More information: http://www.eurac.edu/en/research/autonomies/sfereg/newsandme ...

https://hdl.handle.net/10863/9276

La tutela dell'ambiente tra Stato e Regioni alla luce della riforma costituzionale
Alberton M, Cittadino F (2016)
Napoli: Edizioni scientifiche italiane
978-88-495-3199-2
(Ius publicum europaeum, nuova serie)
Authored book

https://hdl.handle.net/10863/7529

The Right of Indigenous Peoples to Self-Determination: A Framework for Assessing the Formation of International Custom in the Field of Human Rights
Cittadino F (2015)
Presentation/Speech

Conference: Making International Custom More Tangible Conference | Hull | 2.7.2015 - 3.7.2015

Umweltschutz
Alberton M, Cittadino F (2015)
Contribution in book
EU-Mitgliedschaft und Südtirols Autonomie: die Auswirkungen der EU-Mitgliedschaft auf die Autonomie des Landes Südtirol am Beispiel ausgewählter Gesetzgebungs- und Verwaltungskompetenzen ; Handbuch

https://hdl.handle.net/10863/8729

The Public Interest to Environmental Protection and Indigenous Peoples’ Rights: Procedural Rights to Participation and Substantive Guarantees
Cittadino F (2015)
Contribution in book
Participatory Rights in the Environmental Decision-Making Process and the Implementation of the Aarhus Convention: A Comparative Perspective

More information: https://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=2814977

https://hdl.handle.net/10863/8749

La tutela dell’ambiente
Alberton M, Cittadino F (2015)
Contribution in book
L' impatto del diritto dell'Unione Europea sull'autonomia dell'Alto Adige / Südtirol

https://hdl.handle.net/10863/8766

The ascent of EU environmental policy: a case for unintended consequences
Cittadino F (2015)
Bozen: EURAC research
Journal article
European Diversity and Autonomy Papers - EDAP

https://hdl.handle.net/10863/6110

I diritti dei popoli indigeni e la tutela della biodiversità: conflitto e riconciliazione nel diritto internazionale
Cittadino F (2014)
Presentation/Speech

Conference: SIDI Workshop for PhD candidates | San Ginesio | 10.10.2014 - 11.10.2014

Indigenous Rights and Biodiversity Conservation: A Study of Conflict and Reconciliation in International Law
Cittadino F (2014)
Presentation/Speech
Le competenze ambientali della Provincia di Bolzano: prime conclusioni in materia di risorse idriche
Cittadino F (2014)
Presentation/Speech

Conference: L’impatto dell’Unione Europea sull’autonomia legislative e amministrativa della Provincia autonoma di Bolzano – Alto Adige| casi scelti | Bolzano : 11.4.2014 - 11.4.2014

The Balance Between Indigenous Rights and the Protection of Nature: Some Remnants of the Colonial Past
Cittadino F (2014)
Journal article
African Yearbook of International Law Online

More information: http://booksandjournals.brillonline.com/content/journals/10. ...

https://doi.org/10.1163/22116176-90000147

https://hdl.handle.net/10863/19258

Public participation in environmental decision-making in the EU and in China: the case of environmental impact assessment
Alberton M (2014)
Baden-Baden: Nomos
978-3-8487-1273-1
(Schriftenreihe der Europäischen Akademie Bozen, Bereich "Minderheiten und Autonomien")
Edited book

https://hdl.handle.net/10863/7170

The Balance between Indigenous Rights and the Protection of Nature: Some Remnants of the Colonial Past
Cittadino F (2013)
Presentation/Speech

Conference: Young Scholars Workshop on International Law, Africa 2013 - Was There Something Missed in the Decolonization Process? The International Law Perspective | Trento | 6.12.2013 - 7.12.2013

Indigenous Rights and Biodiversity Conservation: A Study of Conflict and Reconciliation in International Law
Cittadino F (2013)
Presentation/Speech

Conference: Graduate Conference 2013, School of International Studies, Trento | Trento | 17.12.2013 - 17.12.2013

Seminar on the principle of sustainable development, the dispute settlement system in the WTO and the Ogoni case before the African Commission on Human and Peoples' Rights
Cittadino F (2013)
Presentation/Speech
Toward the protection of biodiversity and ecological connectivity in multi-layered systems
Alberton M (2013)
Baden-Baden: Nomos
978-3-8487-0789-8
(Schriftenreihe der Europäischen Akademie Bozen, Bereich "Minderheiten und Autonomien")
Edited book

https://hdl.handle.net/10863/7200

Applying a UNDRIP Lens to the CBD: A More Comprehensive Understanding of Benefit-Sharing
Cittadino F (2012)
Presentation/Speech

Conference: Conference Multidisciplinary Meeting on Indigenous Peoples/Encuentros Multidisciplinares sobre Pueblos Indigenas (EMPI III) | Seville | 5.6.2012 - 6.6.2012

Environmental Protection and Water Management in the EU Member States: Changing Institutional Scenarios
Cittadino F (2012)
Presentation/Speech

Conference: Fourth Annual European Seminar on the Future of the European Union, The European Union, Federalism and the Ecological Challenge | | 7.9.2012 - 9.9.2012

Environmental protection in multi-layered systems: comparative lessons from the water sector
Alberton M, Palermo F (2012)
Leiden ; Boston: Martinus Nijhoff Publishers
978-90-04-23524-3
(Studies in territorial and cultural diversity governance)
Edited book

https://hdl.handle.net/10863/7203

La sfida della sostenibilità: il governo multilivello delle risorse idriche
Alberton M, Domorenok E (2011)
Padova: Cedam
978-88-13-32210-6
(Ius publicum europaeum)
Authored book

https://hdl.handle.net/10863/7509

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