Max Planck Lecture Series

The Precautionary Principle Under
European Union Law

Thursday, 13 January 2022, 17:00 - 18:30

Dr Alessandra Donati

Postdoctoral researcher at the University of Luxembourg


Alessandra Donati is a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Luxembourg and a qualified lawyer in Italy (Milan Bar) and France (Paris Bar). She specialises in European environmental and public health law, with a particular focus on the issue of risk regulation. Before joining the University of Luxembourg, Dr Donati was Senior Research Fellow at the Max Planck Institute Luxembourg for Procedural Law. She studied at the Bocconi University of Milan (bachelor and master in law), at the Politecnica delle Marche University (bachelor and master in management) and the University Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne (LLM in European law). She holds a doctorate in law from the University of Paris 1. Her PhD thesis, which examines the precautionary principle in EU law, was published in 2021 by Bruylant. Dr Donati has been a Visiting Fellow at the European Institute in Florence and UCLouvain. Since 2018, she has been a lecturer at Sciences Po (Nancy).

Prof. Joanne Scott

Professor of Law at the European University Institute


Joanne Scott is a Professor of European Law at the European University Institute. Before joining the EUI, Prof. Scott taught at the University College London (UCL) and previously at the University of Kent, Queen Mary University of London and the University of Cambridge. She has been a Visiting Professor at Columbia and Harvard Law Schools. Prof. Scott was elected as a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh in 2012 and as a Fellow of the British Academy in 2013. Her research interests include European environmental law and regulation, climate change law and governance, EU external relations, EU governance, and international environmental law.

Prof. Nicolas de Sadeleer

Professor of Law at Saint-Louis University (Brussels)


Nicolas de Sadeleer is Professor at Saint-Louis University (Brussels) (USL-B). Since 1988, he has been an active scholar in EU law, environmental law, international law, and comparative law. His major work includes “Environmental Principles: From Political Slogans to Legal Rules”, edited by OUP in 2002, with the second edition in 2020. He was appointed Guest Professor at the universities of Maine (2019), Chongqing (2018), Ecole des Mines (2015-16), Paris 2 Panthéon-Assas (2008-10), Fribourg (2010), A Coruña (2010), Wuhan (2008), Nantes (2006), the Sorbonne and Paris 13 (2001-3), and Canberra (2013, 2017-18).

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