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  • Stefania Negri (ed.), Environmental Health in International and EU Law: Current Challenges and Legal Responses, Routledge-Giappichelli Studies in Law, Abingdon-New York-Turin, 2019

  • The global dimension of environmental health impacts is impressive. The report issued by the World Health Organization in 2016 on Preventing Disease through Healthy Environments: A Global Assessment of the Burden of Disease from Environmental Risks states that 23% of global deaths and 26% of deaths among children under age 5 – that is to say an estimated 12.6 million deaths every year – are due to preventable environmental risk factors such as air, water and soil pollution, chemical exposures, climate change, and ultraviolet radiation.
    This book presents a broad overview of the many intersections between health and the environment that lie at the basis of the most crucial environmental health issues, focusing on the responses provided by international and EU law. Consistent with the One Health approach and moving from the relevant international and EU legal frameworks, the book addresses some of the most important issues of environmental health including the traditional, such as pollution of air, water and soil and related food safety issues, as well as new and emerging challenges, like those linked to climate change, antimicrobial resistance and electromagnetic fields. Applying an intersectoral and interdisciplinary approach, it also investigates other branches of international and EU law including human rights law, investment law, trade law, energy law and disaster law. The work also discusses ethics and intergenerational equity. Ultimately, the book assesses the degree of effectiveness of the international and EU normative framework, and the extent to which the relevant legal instruments contribute to the protection of public health from major environmental hazards.


  • Stefania Negri, José Antonio Seoane (eds.), Ethical, Legal and Social Issues Related to Organ Trafficking and Transplant Tourism, Special Issue of the Journal of Trafficking and Human Exploitation, 2017, No. 2 (see TOC of the volume)
    The global organ trade raises serious ethical, medical and legal concerns. It represents a threat to public health and human security, a blatant violation of human dignity and fundamental rights,  and a bold infringement of universal principles of medical ethics. In order to tackle this complex and multifaceted phenomenon and contribute to the global fight against trafficking in human organs and transplant tourism, it is crucial to explore the multiple and interconnected dimensions (legal, medical, ethical, social and religious) of these illegal practices and promote multidisciplinary studies aimed at raising awareness, supporting national policy and law makers, and strengthening international cooperation for the protection of victims.
    This Special Issue of the Journal of Trafficking and Human Exploitation is one of the results of two international research projects: “The Discourse of Biorights. Philosophical and Legal Foundations, Features and Implementation”, financially supported by the Spanish Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness, directed by prof. José-Antonio Seoane, and “The Repression of Organ Trafficking in International, European and Comparative Law", financially supported by the University of Salerno (Italy), directed by prof. Stefania Negri.

Environmental Protection and Sustainable Development from Rio to Rio+20 is an innovative and original book which addresses in an analytical and critical way the issues raised by Rio+20. Its content offers a wealth of information from world leading experts in the fields of international law, international environmental law and international health law. The book provides a unique insight in issues which are at the core of the contemporary management of social, environmental and economic questions and thus represents a very important contribution to our further understanding of the concept of sustainable development. It is aimed at a global audience and at anybody interested in the future of our Planet and the fate of future generations.



  • Stefania Negri, Jochen Taupitz, Amina Salkic, Anna Zwick (eds.), Advance Care Decision Making in Germany and Italy. A Comparative, European and International Law Perspective, Veröffentlichungen des Instituts für Deutsches, Europäisches und Internationales Medizinrecht, Gesundheitsrecht und Bioethik der Universitäten Heidelberg und Mannheim, No. 41, Springer, Berlin, 2013. (scarica l'indice del volume)

  • What is the situation of people who are not able to make decisions about their medical treatment anymore? This book gives impulses and answers to many ethical, economical and mainly legal questions which arise and are associated with the end of life. A universal human rights approach and the analysis of the relevant European law are put in front of the presentation of the national legal situations in Italy and Germany. The most topical and controversial issues concerning advance care planning are presented as well as a transnational economic analysis on the effects of advance care planning
    The book presents the results of a two-year interdisciplinary research project approved and financed by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) and the Italian Ministry for Education, University and Research (MIUR) in the framework of the Vigoni Program 2010. The project brought together German and Italian academics from different fields and backgrounds and was conceived in a period when the debate on end-of-life care and advance directives regulation was particularly lively across Europe and exceptionally topical both in Germany and in Italy.
  • Stefania Negri (ed.), Self-Determination, Dignity and End-of-Life Care. Regulating Advance Directives in International and Comparative Perspective, Queen Mary Studies in International Law, Brill/Martinus Nijhoff Publishers, Leiden-Boston, 2011 ( scarica l'indice del volume)

    "This edited collection collates an impressive volume of material from a number of different jurisdictions relating to the debates, laws and policies surrounding end-of-life issues, and advance directives. The issues are considered from several perspectives in addition to the legal, medical, and ethical viewpoints typically adopted in relation to end-of-life debates. The examination in certain essays of the jurisprudence of the European Court of Human Rights provides an analysis of the issues from a human rights perspective, whilst the focus on Italian law and policy throughout the collection and the consideration of the position in Ireland provides the opportunity to present the impact of religion on conflicts and developments in this area.... the information is presented in a very accessible form, with each part building upon the last. The result is that the collection is logically structured and very easy to follow.... Whilst the book is not likely to be of use to undergraduates, it will be very useful to academics and those in advanced study. ... It will certainly appeal greatly to those with an interest in end-of-life issues, comparative perspectives and interpretations of the concepts of informed consent, self-determination and dignity, and bioethics in the international sphere."


    Mandeep Dyal, Birmingham Law School, Medical Law Review, 2012, n.4 (doi:10.1093/medlaw/fws020)