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Dr Sanna Elfving

PositionLecturer in Law
LocationEmm Lane Campus
DepartmentSchool of Law
Telephone01274 234326
EmailS.K.Elfving@bradford.ac.uk

Research Interests (key words only)

Energy Law; Free movement of EU citizens; EU International and UK Environmental Law; European and International refugee law; Law of the Sea; Law of the World Trade Organisation

PhD Supervision

Sanna welcomes proposals for PhD projects which fall within her areas of expertise.

Teaching and Supervisory Responsibilities

  • Law in a Global Context (LLB)
  • Environmental Law (LLB)
  • Law, Social Justice and Sustainability (LLB)
  • Dissertation (LLB)
  • International Trade Law (LLM)
  • Advanced International Law (LLM)
  • Advanced Legal Research (LLM)
  • International Environmental Law (LLM)
  • International Refugee Law (LLM)
  • Dissertation (LLM)

Administrative Responsibilities

Sanna is the Programme Leader for the University of Bradford Law School LLM programme. She is also the Research Coordinator for the School of Law, sits in the Faculty’s Research and Knowledge Transfer Strategy Committee and participates in PhD viva voce examinations as an Independent Chair. 

Biography

Sanna joined the University of Bradford in September 2014, having previously worked at the University of Surrey. She has wide research interests, ranging from Energy Law to EU Law and International Law. Through her research Sanna has extensive expertise in the field of energy law. She has presented her work in conferences nationally and internationally, and published academic journal articles on legislation governing renewable energy cooperation between the EU and the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region as well as law regulating the environmental and societal impacts of hydraulic fracturing. She has also contributed to a recent energy law book highlighting the recent developments at the EU level entitled 'Energy Transitions: Regulatory and Policy Trends' published in February 2017. Sanna is also an Editorial Board Member of the International Journal of Law in the Built Environment and she conducts external review activities for other UK Law Schools in the preparation for the REF.

Sanna’s teaching is influenced by her research on current developments in EU and International Law. For instance, her module ‘Law in a Global Context’ covers issues in EU free movement law after the United Kingdom's decision to leave the EU as well as the amendment of the EU asylum policies due to the unprecedented migratory pressures from Middle East and North Africa to Europe. She also uses her research skills to supervise both LLB and LLM dissertation projects, and some of the topics she has supervised have included the rights of States' right to manage various activities in their territorial waters in the context of the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea and the right to asylum in the UK on the grounds belonging to a specific social group.

Study History

Sanna was awarded her PhD in law from the University of Surrey in July 2014. Her thesis focused on two transatlantic trade disputes between Canada and the EU before the World Trade Organisation and the Court of Justice in the context of EU’s Arctic Policy.

She also holds MA in European Politics, Law and Business from the University of Surrey, awarded with Distinction.

 

Research Areas

Sanna has wide research interests, ranging from energy and environment to human rights:

  • Energy Law
  • Law of the Sea
  • Law of the World Trade Organisation
  • European and International Human Rights Law
  • European and International refugee law
  • Free movement of EU citizens
  • EU, International and UK Environmental Law

Current Projects

Sanna is currently co-authoring a monograph on the work of the Court of Justice of the European Union. 

Networks/Roles

  • Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (06/2010 -)
  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (08/2015 -)
  • Member of the Socio-Legal Studies Association (06/2014 -)
  • Member of the United Kingdom Environmental Law Association (10/2009 -)
  • Member of the Law Teachers Association (09/2014 -)
  • Member of the Research and Knowledge Transfer Strategy Committee, Faculty of Management and Law (01/2015 - )
  • Editorial Board Member of the International Journal of Law in the Built Environment (07/2015 - )
  • Editor-in-Chief of the University of Bradford Student Law Journal (01/2015 - )

Publications

See Sanna's publications on Bradford Scholars.

Books

J Guth and S Elfving, Gender and the Court of Justice of the European Union (Routledge 2018) (forthcoming)

Book chapter

S Elfving, ‘The potential of United Kingdom shale gas regulation to inform the EU level harmonising measures’ in I Mersinia and S-L Penttinen (eds), Energy Transitions: Regulatory and Policy Trends (Intersentia 2017)

Journal articles

S Elfving, ‘Emerging frameworks of energy governance in the Middle East and North Africa region’ (2017) Oil, Gas and Energy Law Intelligence (forthcoming)

S Elfving, ‘Prospective Governance and Legal Framework between the EU and MENA in Renewable Energy Cooperation’ (2016) 7(2) Renewable Energy Law and Policy Review 157

S Elfving, ‘Shaping the future of hydraulic fracturing in the Canadian Arctic through environmental guidelines’ (2016) 14(2) Oil, Gas and Energy Law Intelligence

S Elfving, ‘How robust is the governance system of British Columbia for regulating the environmental aspects of shale gas development?’ (2014) 12(3) Oil, Gas and Energy Law Intelligence

Book review

S Elfving, ‘Trade in the Service of Sustainable Development: By Olivier De Schutter’ (2016) 25(3) Review of European, Comparative & International Environmental Law 397

S Elfving, ‘Animal Harm: Perspectives on Why People Harm and Kill Animals: By Angus Nurse’ (2014) 23(1) Review of European, Comparative & International Environmental Law 153

Policy consultations

What are the interactions between unconventional gas resources and water resources? Nova Scotia Hydraulic Fracturing Independent Review and Public Engagement Process (June 2014)

Conference papers

S Elfving, ‘European Union Member States’ response to the Mediterranean refugee crisis: too little, too late?’ Presented at ‘Nordic Migration Conference’, University of Oslo, Norway (August 2016)

‘Recent UK proposals on family migration and their incompatibility with EU law’ Paper presented at ‘Migration as a Family Matter’ Free University of Amsterdam, the Netherlands (March 2015)

‘Regulation of shale gas in the UK and its potential to inform the EU level harmonising measures in the future’ Paper presented at ‘Energy Transitions’ University of Eastern Finland (February 2015)

‘Shaping the future of hydraulic fracturing in the Canadian Arctic through environmental guidelines’ Paper presented at ‘The legal issues associated with the development and use of energy resources in the Arctic’ University of Tromsø, Norway (September 2014)

‘How robust is the governance system of British Columbia for regulating the environmental aspects of shale gas development?’ Paper presented at the Faculty Postgraduate Research Conference, University of Surrey (June 2014)

‘A new era of Aboriginal rights jurisprudence: Are the provincial courts leading the way to a wider recognition of First Nations’ rights?’ Paper presented at Centre for Criminal Justice and Human Rights Graduate Conference, University College Cork, Ireland (June 2014)

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