07. Environmental Sustainability in the European Union: Socio-Legal Perspectives


Baldin Serena, De Vido Sara


Pozzo Barbara

Sustainable development

Part I – Nature, Climate and Water as common goods and the search for new paradigms in face of biodiversity loss and climate crisis

Pellizzoni Luigi

Commons, capitalism and inoperative praxis: beyond the Green New Deal?

Baldin Serena

Biodiversity as a common good: insights into the Natura 2000 network and traces of a nature-based approach in the European Union

Bagni Silvia

Back to the future: building harmony with nature in the European Union by learning from our ancestors

De Vido Sara

Climate change and the right to a healthy environment

Louvin Roberto

Climate stability as a common good: a strategy for the European Union

Ruiz Ruiz Juan José

The Right2Water Initiative: the human right to water in the EU among social sustainability, vulnerable groups and exclusion of management benefit

Part II – Recent trends in environmental issues

Deana Francesco

The democratic principle and the exceptions to the right of access to information held by EU bodies in the environmental matter

Nakanishi Yumiko

Environmental Democracy in the Economic Partnership Agreement between the EU and Japan

Pellegrini Emilia

Integrated River Basin Management in the European Union: insights from Water Framework Directive and Flood Directive implementation

Troiano Stefania

Payments for ecosystem services: a tool to avoid risks due to unsustainable use of water resource

Zago Moreno

The European Union and soft tourism for the protection of the natural and cultural landscape: some problems and different approaches


This book concludes the project entitled “Environmental Sustainability in Europe: A Socio-Legal Perspective” (2017/2020) coordinated by prof. Serena Baldin of the University of Trieste (Italy) and co-funded by the European Union through the Actions Jean Monnet Modules. The aim is to collect contributions on the topics that have been tackled during the three-year project and to offer a reflection on new paradigms in law, sociology and economics related to the protection of the environment. The book specifically focuses on two aspects. Firstly, it searches for a theoretical basis to promote a paradigm shift capable of responding to the severe loss of biodiversity and the incumbent climate breakdown, finding inspiration in the concept of common goods and in ecocentrism as well as in the ecosystemic approach. Secondly, it concentrates on recent trends in highly sensitive environmental issues, namely environmental democracy, flood risk prevention, payments for ecosystem services, social eco-compatibility in tourism sector.

Serena Baldin is Associate Professor in Comparative Public Law at the University of Trieste (Italy) and Jean Monnet Module Coordinator of the project “Environmental Sustainability in Europe: A Socio-Legal Perspective”.

Sara De Vido is Associate Professor in International Law at the University of Ca’ Foscari in Venice (Italy) and member of the Jean Monnet Module “Environmental Sustainability in Europe: A Socio-Legal Perspective”.