Dr. Alicia A. Epstein, LL.M.

Akademische Mitarbeiterin

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Sprechzeiten: nach Vereinbarung

  • Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Lund University, Sweden
  • Master’s degree in Law (LLM) from the University of Leeds, United Kingdom
  • Doctorate in Law from the University of Leeds, United Kingdom
  • Visiting researcher at the University of Auckland, New Zealand (fall semester 2014)

My specialisation and research are situated at the intersection of European Union, agricultural and transnational environmental law, and are generally framed around questions relating to food security and the ecological implications of production agriculture. More specifically, the focus of my Doctoral thesis was on the production-related dimensions of food security in the European context, and the corresponding role of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) for providing the legal framework and governance structures required to effectively meet the increasingly complex ecological challenges to long-term agricultural productivity. 

  • A. Epstein, ‘The European Approach to Sustainable Food Security: What Role for the Common Agricultural Policy?’ (University of Leeds, 2017)
  • A. A. Epstein, The Legal and Political Challenges of Defining a Consistent External Commercial Policy in the Context of Agricultural Trade and the WTO: Are We There Yet? Master’s Thesis (University of Leeds, 2009)
ausgewählte Publikationen
  • A. Epstein, ‘Agriculture in the European Union: Seven more Years of Environmental Austerity?’ in L. Westra, K. Bosselmann, M. Fermeglia (eds), Perspective on Ecological Integrity in Science and Law (Springer, 2020)
  • International and European Environmental Law with Reference to German Environmental Law – A Guide for International Study Programs, 2nd ed., Logos, Berlin 2019 (Knopp/Epstein/Hoffmann)
  • A.A. Epstein, ‘Devising a Legal Framework to Meet the Environmental Challenges of the 21st Century: What does the Future Hold for the EU’s Common Agricultural Policy?’, XV World Congress of Agricultural Law, Faculty of Law and Administration Adam Mickiewicz University, Poznań (September 2018)
  • A. A. Epstein, Environmental Enforcement in the Field of Agriculture: An Initial Look at the Effects of Brexit for the UK and the EU Presented at the Conference ‘Enforcement and Compliance on Environmental Matters in the Face of Brexit’, held at the School of Law, University of Birmingham, UK (July 2018)
  • M.N Cardwell, A. A. Epstein, Greening Direct Payments under the 2013 CAP Reforms: A Major Stride towards Sustainable Agriculture? Policy Report, Swedish Institute for European Policy Analysis, (SIEPS, Stockholm, 2017)
  • A. A. Epstein, ‘The Ecological and Perpetual Dimensions of Food Security: The Case for Sustainable Agriculture’ in M. Alabrese (ed), Agricultural Law in a Global Perspective (Springer, 2017) 
  • A. A. Epstein, ‘Food Security Under the Common Agricultural Policy: What Role for the Common Good?’ in L. Westra (ed) The Common Good and Environmental Governance for the Support of Life, (Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2016) 
  • A. A. Epstein, Food Security and Livestock Production in the EU: A Disconnect between Climate Objectives and the Regulatory Framework of the Common Agricultural Policy? Presented at the Annual Conference of the Global Ecological Integrity Group at the Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich, Germany (June 2016) 
  • A. A. Epstein, Sustainable Intensification of European Agriculture: What’s Sustainable About it? Presented at the Annual Conference of the Global Ecological Integrity Group at the University of Parma, Italy (June 2015) 
  • L. Petetin, A.A. Epstein, B. Jack, National Report for the UK at the 27th Congress of the CEDR (European Congress of Rural Law), European Congress of Rural Law, Lucerne, Switzerland (2013) 
  • A. A. Epstein, The Regulatory Greening of the Common Agricultural Policy: Does Greening Equal Sustainability? Invited paper presented at the University of Surrey, UK (May 2013)
  • Protecting Water from Nitrate Pollution in the European Union: Challenges to National Implementation of the Nitrates Directive Decades on’, Invited conference paper, Cottbus 20-22 November 2019
  • Transposition of the Acquis Communautaire: Migration and Environment’, Invited Speaker,Workshop, Skopje (North Macedonia) 30 of October – 1 of November 2019
  • Incentivising Sustainable Production Practices to Support Healthier Diets: a Challenge for the European Union and in International Trade?’, Invited Speaker together with Professor M. Cardwell, Inter-disciplinary International Symposium on Food Justice, University of Leeds, 27-28 March 2019
  • Invited Speaker on ’Enforcement and compliance on environmental matters in the face of Brexit’ organised by the University of Birmingham, UK (July 2018)
  • Annual Conference of the Global Ecological Integrity Group at the Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich, Germany (July 2016)
  • First International Symposium on ‘Current Issues of Agricultural Law in a Global Perspective’ at Scuola Superiore Sant’ Anna, Pisa, Italy (September 2015)
  • Annual Conference of the Global Ecological Integrity Group at the University of Parma, Italy (June 2015) 
  • Greening Economics, Greening Society: What is the Role of the EU? Workshop at the University of Surrey, UK (May 2013)
Forschung und Projekte
  • In the fall of 2014 I spent time as a visiting researcher at the New Zealand Centre for Environmental Law, School of Law, University of Auckland.
    The visit was funded through a grant from the Research Mobility Programme (RMP) for early career researchers, awarded by the Worldwide Universities Network (WUN) and was made possible by an invitation from the Centre Director, Professor Klaus Bosselmann.
  • I have also had the opportunity to disseminate my research through media engagement and was, for instance, invited as an expert on Swedish national radio (Sveriges Radio) in 2015, alongside the world-renowned (and sadly now deceased) Hans Rosling, to discuss the ecological implications of significant global population increases. Using this platform, I was able to share key aspects of my own research and to highlight the very serious consequences that current population and consumption trends pose to long-term food security.