Elisa Morgera is Professor of Global Environmental Law at Edinburgh University School of Law. She specializes in European, international and comparative environmental law and is interested in the reciprocal influences among different legal orders concerned with the environment and natural resources. She has researched specifically in the areas of biodiversity and human rights, environmental governance, corporate environmental accountability, and the EU external environmental policy.
Elisa is currently the recipient of a Starting Grant from the European Research Council (www.benelex.ed.ac.uk) to investigate the legal concept of fair and equitable benefit-sharing from a global environmental law perspective, and of a grant from the a Blue Skies research grant by the Ecosystem Services for Poverty Alleviation (ESPA) programme on "sharing the benefits of sustainable fisheries: from global to local legal approaches to marine ecosystem services for poverty alleviation" (www.marinebenefits.ed.ac.uk). She is also an international legal consultant for the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN, the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity, the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, the European Commission, and the International Union for Nature Conservation.
Elisa is on the Editorial Board of the Review of European, Comparative and International Environmental Law and is the lead co-editor of the book series Legal Studies on Access and Benefit-sharing (Brill/Martinus Nijhoff). She is a member of the IUCN Commission on Environmental Law and the Global Network for the Study of Human Rights and Environment.
As a former legal officer of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), Elisa advised over 50 countries in Africa, Asia, Latin America and the South Pacific on improving domestic legislation on natural resources. She has also participated in and analyzed various inter-governmental negotiations on environment and sustainable development as a team leader for the International Institute for Sustainable Development. Previously, she also served as environmental management officer for the United Nations Development Programme in the Eastern Caribbean.