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David Rossati

Dr David Rossati

Lecturer in Law

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I joined Salford Business School in December 2014. In March 2015 I have successfully defended a PhD thesis about the international law of climate finance, as a result of a fully-funded doctoral research at the University of Edinburgh.

I am an international lawyer with expertise and research interests in international environmental, economic and institutional law. I have several years of professional experience in international legal research and consulting within the academia and the private sector; particularly in the field of climate change law and policy.

I have taught international legal subjects at post- and undergraduate level, including online distance learning modules.


International Business Law (MSc/LLM - module leader)

Advanced Contract Law and Negotiation (LLM - module leader)

Law in a Business Context (UG)


Research Interests

My research focuses on the multifaceted legal dimensions of climate change. Three areas of particular interest are :

Linkages between international economic and environmental Law

Global climate governance and international institutional law

International legal theory and global governance

Qualifications and Memberships


LLB eq. (LUISS Guido Carli, Rome)

LLM eq. in Public Law (LUISS Guido Carli, Rome)

LLM in International Law with distinction (University of Edinburgh)


International Law Association – British Branch

British Institute of International and Comparative Law

Society of Legal Scholars


Journal articles:

Pickering, J., Skovgaard, J., Kim, S., Roberts, T.J., Rossati, D., Stadelmann, M. and Reich, H. (2015) ‘Acting on Climate Finance Pledges: Inter-Agency Dynamics and Relationships with Aid in Contributor States’ 68 World Development 149–6

Markusson, N., Kern, F., Watson, J., Arapostathis, S., Chalmers, H., Ghaleigh, N., Heptonstall, P., Pearson, P., Rossati, D. and Russell, S. (2012) ‘A Socio-Technical Framework for Assessing the Viability of Carbon Capture and Storage Technology’, 79(5) Technological Forecasting and Social Change 903–18

Ghaleigh, N. and Rossati, D. (2011), 'The Spectre of Carbon Border-tax Adjustments', 2(1) Climate Law 63–84


Book chapters:

Rossati, D., 'The Legal Framework For EU-Korea Climate Change Cooperation: Synergies and Tensions Under the Framework Agreement and Free Trade Agreement, in: Harrison, J. (ed.), The European Union and South Korea: The Legal Framework for Strenghtening Trade, Economic and Political Relations (Edinburgh University Press, 2013) 212-228

Streck, C. and Rossati, D. 'Financing Climate Change Mitigation under the UNFCCC', in: Hale, T. and Held, D. (eds.), Handbook of Transnational Governance: Institutions and Innovations (Polity Press, 2011) 377–383


Presented papers:

Exploring the impacts of international climate finance on natural resources policies and laws in developing countries', 11-13 September 2013, Workshop on international law, natural resources and sustainable development, University of Warwick

The inclusion of international aviation in the EU emissions trading scheme: A threefold regime interaction', 16-18 June 2013, Edinburgh Biennial PhD symposium ‘Regime Interactions in Public International law', Edinburgh Law School

Inter-institutional dynamics of global climate finance', 13-14 June 2013, IX Global Administrative Law Seminar, University of Tuscia, Italy

The development of climate finance governance: complementarity vs. competition?, 18-20 April 2012 Earth System Governance, University of Lund, Sweden