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Salford Business School

Dr David Rossati

Lecturer in Law


I am an international jurist and Lecturer in Law in the Business School. My research and practice stands at the interface between international environmental, economic and institutional law, with a seven year professional experience in international legal research, consulting and advanced training particularly in the field of climate change law and policy. I am a published author in peer-reviewed journals and edited books and I engage actively in policy analysis and advocacy in climate change. I hold a doctoral degree from the University of Edinburgh (December 2015) after defending a PhD thesis on the international law of climate finance. In Salford I lead and enjoy teaching international law modules both at postgraduate (LLM and MSc) and undergraduate (LLB) levels. My lectures, seminars and supervisions rely, as much as possible, on human contact and a dialectic approach with students, geared to unlock their curiosity, inspiration and deep learning. I also enjoy experimenting with digital technologies and I am an experienced designer and tutor of online module delivery.


  • International Law (UG – module leader)
  • International Business Law (MSc/LLM – module leader)
  • Advanced Contract Law and Negotiation (LLM – module leader)

Research Interests

My current research deals with the interactions between law and institutions in complex transnational governance settings and their impact on society -especially on those kept at the margin. More specific areas of interests are:

  • Global climate governance and international institutional law
  • Linkages and conflicts between international economic and environmental law
  • International development law

PhD Supervision - I welcome applications and general enquiries for doctoral supervision in Public International Law in general and, particularly, in the following areas:

  • International law and climate change
  • Global environmental governance and international institutional law
  • International development law and domestic resistance
  • Trade, investment & climate change nexus

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)
  • PhD in International Law (University of Edinburgh)
  • Postgraduate Certificate in Academic Practice


  • European Society of International Law
  • International Law Association – British Branch
  • Society of Legal Scholars
  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy


Journal articles:

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 Strengthening 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

Climate policy briefs:

Muller, B. & Rossati, D., ‘The Adaptation Fund after Marrakech’, January 2017, Oxford Climate Policy

Schwarte, C. & Rossati, D., ‘Draft options for legally binding financial commitments in a new climate agreement’, May 2014, Legal Response Initiative briefing paper 2/14,

Streck, C. & Rossati, D., ‘Establishing a GCF operated Southern Solidarity Fund’, European Capacity Building Initiative, 23 May 2014

Delivered papers:

with Kang-Riou, N., ‘Exiting Institutions as a Response to Regime Juridification’. European Society of International Law 2017 Annual Conference – IG International Organisations, Federico II University, Naples

with Jokaubskaite, G., ‘The Tragedy of Juridification in Institutional Competition’, 22-23 May 2017, Seminar on International Law in a Dark Time, University of Helsinki

with Talat, U., ‘Emotions as Determinants of Semantic Shifts of International Legal Principles: The Case of the Common but Differentiated Responsibilities principle Under The United Nation Framework Convention On Climate Change’, August 2016, Colloquium on Emotions and International Law, University of Buenos Aires

‘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