Gianfranco Tamburelli is a senior lawyer with over twenty-five years of professional experience, specializing in international, EU, and environmental law. He has worked as team leader and project manager of a public research institution; university professor; international legal consultant. He is expert in the fields of international cooperation for sustainable development; the Antarctic legal regime and Arctic governance; EU foreign relations with Eastern Countries, particularly Ukraine; the sustainable management of land and transboundary natural resources.
He has held positions at the Ministry of Environment and furnished legal advice to various other institutions, particularly the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Italy.
He graduated in Law with a thesis on EC Law at the Sapienza University of Rome in 1985; and completed a Doctorate (PhD) in International Law in 1992, with a final dissertation on: The Protection of the Ozone Layer.
He became Member of the Ordine degli Avvocati (equivalent of the Bar Council) in 1988 (in the Special List of University Professors since 1997).
In 1992 he began to collaborate with the Institute for International Legal Studies (ISGI) of the National Research Council of Italy (CNR), where he has been working as a researcher since 1996. He is currently the CNR representative at EUROPARC (since 2008, deputy representative since 2002), in charge of the ISGI Research Project on: International Cooperation for Sustainable Development, Protection of Environment and Management of Natural Resources and Space.
He is also involved in ‘curiosity-driven’ research on: The Relations between Italy, the EU, Ukraine and Russia. In this context, in July 2015, thanks to a STM (short term mobility) grant, he carried out research on: The EU and the Ukrainian Crisis – Legal and Political Aspects at the Graduate School on East and Southeast European Studies of Regensburg (Germany) and in November 2014 he carried out, thanks to another STM grant, research on: Relations between the EU, Ukraine and Russia – Legal and Political Aspects, at the same Graduate School and at the IOS – Institute on East and Southeast European Studies.
Previously, he was responsible (scientific and financial aspects) for the Projects (research, higher education, consultancy) on: Environmental Law and Sustainable Development (2011-2015), Environmental Law: Sustainable Management of Ecosystems and Natural Resources (2009-2010), Legal Systems of the Management of Protected Areas. International Cooperation and European Law (2006-2008). In addition, from 2002 to 2010 he was a Member of the Board of ISGI; from 1996 to 2001 Coordinator of the Scientific Secretariat of the Transnational Network MESDEL (Mediterranean Sustainable Development Law).
He has promoted many and various initiatives in the field of international scientific cooperation, including the Exploratory Workshop of the European Science Foundation (ESF) on: Sustainable Development and Transboundary Cooperation in Mountain Regions, the Alpine and the Carpathian Conventions, with the participation, among others, of representatives from UNESCO and UNEP (proceedings published by l’Harmattan, Budapest, 2009).
Since 2015 he has been Visiting Professor at the Taras Schevchenko National University of Kyiv, where in 2015 he held a short, optional Course on: The Relations between the EU and Eastern Countries. The New Association Agreements. In fact, in 2014 he received a Diploma from the Taras Shevchenko University “for a decade of promoting scientific and cultural cooperation between Italy and Ukraine”: his first stay in Ukraine dates back to 2004, when he won a NATO Senior Fellowship and carried out research on “The Implementation of MEAs in Ukraine” at the Taras Shevchenko University; since then, he has carried out various activities in Ukraine or with Ukrainian partners, including, in 2006, the drafting – as consultant for the “Studiare Sviluppo” S.r.l. – of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the Italian Ministry of Environment and the Ministry of Ecology and Natural Resources of Ukraine.
Since 2011, he has also been the Coordinator of the International Law section of the Master’s Degree in Environmental Law at the Sapienza University (teaching seminars since 2009). From 2001 to 2007 he was Professor of Environmental Law at the same University (Degree Courses in Environmental Sciences and Natural Sciences) and for two years (2003-04) he was in charge of the Vocational Training Course on Environment and Protected Areas (another educational activity), launched in cooperation with Legambiente (an environmental NGO).
From 2004 to 2006 he was Professor of Environmental Law at the University of L’Aquila (International Degree Course).
From 1996 to 2000 he collaborated by contract with the Chair of EU Law at LUISS (International Free University for Social Studies).
From June 2013 to March 2014 he worked at the Ministry of Environment of Italy, as First Deputy Head of the Legislative Office, responsible for Area II (international and EU acts and litigation) and delegated to the management of the Office’s human resources department.
Previously, from June 2012 to June 2013, he was consultant to the Secretary General of the Ministry, in particular on inter-institutional relations.
Since 1998, he has participated – as a member of the Italian delegation – in various meetings of intergovernmental organizations, including a meeting of the Commission on Sustainable Development (CSD) of the United Nations (1998), six meetings of the Consultative Parties to the Antarctic Treaty (ATCM), a meeting of the Arctic Council and six meetings of the Senior Arctic Officials (SAO), a meeting of the Euro-Baltic Council.
Internationally recognized as a legal expert, he has worked in various countries: Albania, Armenia, Argentina, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Palestine, and Ukraine. In particular, in Armenia, Azerbaijan, and Georgia he worked as International Legal Consultant in the context of the Project on: Sustainable Land Management for Mitigating Land Degradation and Reducing Poverty in the South Caucasus Region, funded by the EU and implemented by the Regional Environmental Center (REC) Caucasus; in Albania, he worked for the World Conservation Union (IUCN) on the elaboration of a Project on: Institutional Support to the Albanian Ministry of Environment for Sustainable Biodiversity Conservation and Use in PAs and the Management of Hazardous Waste.
He has held lectures, conferences, workshops on international and EU law and policy at a number of Universities and other international and national, public and private bodies in numerous countries within and outside the EU.
He has published 9 collective books, 6 of them in English, and about 60 articles, more than 20 in English.
He has great experience in training and capacity-building activities, particularly in areas such as law-making, institution building, the implementation of multilateral environmental agreements and EU directives within the national legal systems of the EU Member States, the harmonization of the environmental legislation of Eastern Europe countries with the acquis communautaire, and the sustainable management of transboundary protected areas.
Among other things, he is Member of the International Council of Environmental Law (ICEL); of the IUCN – WCPA Transboundary Conservation Specialist Group; of the Institute of Environmental Law and Natural Resources of the National Academy of Social Sciences (Cordoba, Argentina); of the Italian Society for International Law (SIDI); of the Editorial Board of the legal review Gazzetta Ambiente (Rome, Italy).