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Yaffa Epstein

Pro Futura Scientia Fellow, SCAS.
Associate Professor of Environmental Law, Uppsala University

Yaffa Epstein defended her doctoral dissertation in environmental law, The Big Bad EU? Species
Protection and European Federalism
, at the Faculty of Law of Uppsala University in 2017. There-
after, she has been leading interdisciplinary research projects in law and ecology, funded by Riks-
bankens Jubileumsfond and the Swedish Research Council Formas, and teaching environmental
law. In 2019, she was awarded Uppsala University’s Oscar Prize for early career researchers
“whose scientific writing is the most deserving and offers the greatest promise of continued aca-
demic writings at the University.”

Epstein’s research has focused on interdisciplinary methods in law and ecology, especially as
applied to EU environmental law and to rights of nature. Her publications include “What Is an
Emergency? Neonicotinoids and Emergency Situations in Plant Protection in the EU” (with
Guillaume Chapron and Francois Verheggen, Ambio, 2022), “A Positivist Approach to Rights
of Nature in the European Union” (with Hendrick Schoukens, Journal of Human Rights and
the Environment
, 2021), and “A Rights Revolution for Nature” (with Guillaume Chapron and
José Vicente López-Bao, Science, 2019). She is co-convenor of the Research Group on Rights
of Nature and Animals under the auspices of the International Association of Constitutional Law.
She is also currently co-directing a research environment in “legal ecology”, a collaboration
between Uppsala University and the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, funded by the
Swedish Research Council.

During her Pro Futura Scientia Fellowship, Epstein will work on the project “Developing Rights of
Nature Jurisprudence.” In this project, she applies interdisciplinary methods to explore the potential
for natural science to contribute to the development of rights of nature jurisprudence worldwide,
including in Europe.

This information is accurate as of the academic year 2022-23.