Sam Varvastian is a PhD researcher at the School of Law and Politics, Cardiff University, working on human rights-based climate change litigation. His professional interests span across two inter-related areas: environmental protection and public health, with key emphasis on large-scale environmental challenges that endanger the lives and livelihoods of communities all across the globe, namely climate change and air pollution. Furthermore, he is interested in the general aspects of risk regulation, including not only environmental threats, but also food and drug law and the regulation of emerging medical technologies.
As such, his research works usually focus on transnational aspects in regulation and litigation and comparative legal analysis, mostly covering European and United States law. His key recent publications are: “A Natural Resource Beyond the Sky: Invoking the Public Trust Doctrine to Protect the Atmosphere from Greenhouse Gas Emissions” in Sustainable Management of Natural Resources: Legal Instruments and Approaches, eds Helle Tegner Anker & Birgitte Egelund Olsen (2018), “Access to Justice in Climate Change Litigation from a Transnational Perspective: Private Party Standing in Recent Climate Cases” in Procedural Environmental Rights: Principle X of the Rio Declaration in Theory and Practice, eds. Jerzy Jendrośka & Magdalena Bar (2017) (both are book chapters published by Intersentia, Cambridge), “UK’s Legalisation of Mitochondrial Donation in IVF Treatment: A Challenge to the International Community or a Promotion of Life-Saving Medical Innovation to Be Followed by Others?” in European Journal of Health Law (Brill, 2015), “Achieving the EU Air Policy Objectives in Due Time: A Reality or a Hoax?” in European Energy and Environmental Law Review (Kluwer Law International, 2015).
Sam also actively participates in several international associations dedicated to promoting environmental and health law and legal scholarship as well as human rights.
He is fluent in English, Lithuanian and Russian, intermediate in Spanish and beginner in German.
A full list of his publications is available on Google Scholar
His Twitter account: @SamVarvastian