Climate Change and Human Rights: Fragmentation, Interplay and Institutional Linkages (Annalisa Savaresi)


The relationship between the climate change and human rights regimes has been the subject of much scholarly debate. The Paris Agreement and work carried out under the auspices of the Human Right Council have shed new light on states’ understanding of the interplay between these two bodies of law. This chapter analyses these recent developments, placing them in the context of the scholarly debate on the fragmentation of international law, analysing means to avoid conflicts and exploit synergies between the climate change and the human rights regimes.


Savaresi A (2018) Climate change and human rights: fragmentation, interplay and institutional linkages. In: Duyck S S, Jodoin S & Johl A (eds.) Routledge Handbook of Human Rights and Climate Governance. Routledge International Handbooks. London: Routledge, pp. 31-42.


Annalisa Savaresi

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Annalisa Savaresi

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Annalisa Savaresi is Senior Lecturer in Environmental Law. Before joining Stirling in 2016, she obtained her PhD from the University of Copenhagen, Denmark, and held a four-years postdoctoral post at the University of Edinburgh, UK. Annalisa is a renowned expert in climate change law and on the interplay between human rights and climate change law, with 20 years’ experience working with international and nongovernmental organizations. Before embarking on an academic career, she worked with non-governmental organisations and think-tanks, focussing on human rights based approaches to environmental protection. Since turning to academia in 2009, she has contributed to numerous law and policy reports prepared for international organisations and governments. She has given evidence to the UK, the EU and Scottish Parliaments and provided technical advice in the context of the world’s first inquiry into the human rights violations associated with the impacts of fossil fuel corporations – the so called Carbon Majors inquiry carried out by the Philippines Human Rights Commission.

Annalisa's numerous publications on international climate change law, emissions from land uses, and rights-based approaches to environmental law and policy have been widely cited. She has taught in prestigious institutions all over the world, including the Geneva Academy of International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights, Switzerland; Sant'Anna School of Advanced Studies, Italy; the University of La Sabana, Colombia; and as part of the UNEP course on Multilateral Environmental Agreements, at the University of Eastern Finland.

She is Associate Editor of the Review of European, Comparative and International Law and currently serves as Director for Europe for the Global Network on Human Rights and the Environment. She is member of the IUCN World Commission on Environmental Law and of the Women's Energy and Climate Law Network.