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Dr Rebecca Williams
|Biography||I am a Lecturer in Environmental Law at the University of Napier. Prior to joining Napier, I taught Environmental Law at the University of Strathclyde, where I was also the Interim Director of the Strathclyde Centre for Environmental Law and Governance and Convener for the Global Environmental Law and Governance LLM. In 2020, I convened International Environmental Law at the University of Passau, Germany. Overall, I believe in making the law as accessible as possible and actively encourage students to form their own opinions on how different areas of law function in context.
My research interests include the intersection of the agricultural sector and environmental law and governance, particularly with respect to climate change, forests, nitrates management, trade, public health, food security and climate justice. My research spans international and European law in addition to other agricultural ‘hotspots’ such as South America. I completed my PhD on the climate impacts of the cattle sector at the European University Institute, Florence in 2022 and have been invited to speak on issues surrounding the environmental impact of livestock production at events for both private and public stakeholders.
More generally, I have an interest in international climate change law. I attended COP26 on behalf of the Centre for International Sustainable Development Law and helped to organise numerous side events for the conferences. This included the prominent Climate Law and Governance Day and Specialisation Course where I was invited as an expert teacher to help train national delegates on the Paris Agreement and its provisions. Since then, I have been invited by the UK Environmental Law Association (UKELA) to speak about the Paris Agreement at its annual conference.
Within my work in climate change law, I have keen interest in improving Youth participation in climate decision making and action, having organised numerous events on Transnational Youth Climate Participation and Mobilisation bringing together young climate leaders from the Global South, civil society workers, policy makers and academics. In Scotland, I have presented for the Scottish University Law Clinic Network (SULCN) on how to introduce climate justice into law clinic work to utilise law students to help bridge justice gaps that exist for climate issues.
Generally, my areas of expertise can be summarised as followed:
• International and European Environmental Law
• International and European Climate Change Law
• International and European Agricultural Law
• Agri-Trade Law
• Climate Justice