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Dr Sanna Elfving

Senior Lecturer in Law

Faculty/Dept/School School of Law
(Faculty of Management, Law and Social Sciences)
Telephone +441274 236784


Sanna joined the University of Bradford in September 2014. She has wide research interests, ranging from Energy Law to EU free movement law and international and European human rights law. She is also the Research Lead at the School of Law.


Teaching interests

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. She is also following the on-going developments in the EU asylum policies due to irregular migration from Middle East and North Africa to Europe as well as in the legal landscape after the United Kingdom's decision to leave the EU. Sanna 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 UN Convention on the Law of the Sea; Asylum in the UK on the grounds of age as well as a membership to a particular social group; Human rights violations in Ethiopia; Gender equality in employment in Nigeria and the UK.


Sanna has published academic journal articles on legislation governing renewable energy cooperation between the EU and the Middle East and North Africa region as well as law the regulation of the environmental and societal impacts of hydraulic fracturing. She has also contributed to a energy law book highlighting the recent developments at the EU level entitled Energy Transitions: Regulatory and Policy Trends (Intersentia 2017). In August 2018 Sanna co-authored a research monograph with Dr Jessica Guth (Reader, Leeds Beckett) entitled Gender and Court of Justice of the European Union (Routledge 2018). She is currently working on a funded project which builds on the monograph and involves interviews with lawyers who have presented applicants at national courts as well as the Court of Justice of the EU. she is also working on two other research outputs, one of which is related to gender in asylum cases before the Court of Justice, and the other concerns the right of residence for EU citizens in the UK after Brexit.

Sanna is currently supervising the following Law PhD Researchers and their indicative topics:

  • Xingyu Chen, Foreign Direct Investment in the EU and UK after Brexit (Co-Supervisor)
  • Sophia Imegi, Renewable Energy Investment in Nigeria and its West African neighbours (Principal Supervisor)
  • Aleksandra Marcinkowska, Eastern European Citizens' Right of Residence after Brexit (Principal Supervisor)
  • Nigel Pitchford, Access of Local Government Workforce to Grievance Procedures (Co-Supervisor)
  • Fiez Sarwar, The Role of the United Nations Security Council and the International Criminal Court in Preventing Human Rights Violations in the Countries of Middle East (Principal Supervisor)
Sanna is a Member of the Editorial Board 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 REF2021.  


Peer Reviewed Journal
TitleEmerging Framework of Energy Governance in the MENA Region (2017)
AuthorsElfving, Sanna
TitleProspective Governance and Legal Framework between the EU and MENA in Renewable Energy Cooperation (2016)
AuthorsElfving, Sanna
TitleShaping the future of hydraulic fracturing in the Canadian Arctic through environmental guidelines (2016)
AuthorsElfving, Sanna
TitleHow Robust is the Governance System of British Columbia for Regulating the Environmental Aspects of Shale Gas Development? (2014)
AuthorsElfving, Sanna
TitleGender and the Court of Justice of the European Union (2018)
AuthorsGuth, Jessica; Elfving, Sanna
Book Chapters
TitleCourt of Justice of the EU and Judicial Politics (2020)
AuthorsJessica Guth and Sanna Elfving
JournalRoutledge Handbook of Gender and EU Politics
TitleRegulation of shale gas in the United Kingdom and its potential to inform the EU level harmonising measures in the future (2017)
AuthorsElfving, Sanna