Joanne Scott

Joanne Scott

Professor of European Law

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Joanne Scott (FBA FRSE) was appointed as Professor of European Law in 2005, having previously been a Reader in the Faculty of Law at the University of Cambridge. Her main areas of expertise are European Union Law and WTO Law. She has published extensively on law and new modes of governance, environmental law and policy and on the intersections between different sub-national, national and international legal orders. 

She was recently awarded a Leverhulme Trust Major Research Fellowship for her research on the global reach of EU climate change law (2012-2014). She was a member of the UCL/Lancet Commission on Managing the Health Effects of Climate Change and of the Royal Commission on Environmental Pollution (2009-2011). Joanne was awarded as EPSRC grant as part of an inter-disciplinary team investigating the climate change dimensions of shipping.

She has been a Visiting Professor at Columbia Law School and Harvard Law School and was a Jean Monnet Fellow at the European University Institute in Florence. She was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh in 2012 and as a Fellow of the British Academy in 2013. 

Joanne is a member of the editorial boards of: International and Comparative Law Quarterly, Journal of Environmental Law, Journal of International Economic Law and Transnational Environmental Law.


Joanne’s main areas of expertise are European Union Law and WTO Law. She has published extensively on law and new modes of governance, environmental law and policy and on the intersections between different sub-national, national and international legal orders.

View Joanne’s research profile on the UCL IRIS website



The WTO Agreement on Sanitary and Phytosanitary Measures: A Commentary, (Oxford University Press, 2007, pb. 2009) 340pp

EC Environmental Law (Longmans, 1998)

Development Dilemmas in European Community Law: Rethinking  Community Regional Development Policy (Open UP, 1995)

Environmental Protection: European Law and Governance (ed.) (OUP, 2009)

Law and New Governance in the EU and the US (ed.), (Hart Publishing, 2006) (with Gráinne de Búrca)

The Law of the Single European Market; Unpacking the Premises (Hart Publishing, 2002) (ed.) (with Catherine Barnard)

The EU and the WTO: Legal and Constitutional Questions (Hart Publishing, 2001)(with Gráinne de Búrca)

The Constitution of the EU: From Flexibility to Uniformity (Hart Publishing, 2000) (ed.) (with Gráinne de Búrca)

Recent Articles

‘The Geographical Scope of the EU’s Climate Responsibilities’ (2015) 17 Cambridge Yearbook of European Legal Studies 1-29 available at:

‘The New EU “Extraterritoriality”’  (2014) 51 Common Market Law Review 1343

‘Extraterritoriality and Territorial Extension in EU Law’. American Journal of Comparative Law, Vol. 62, No. 1, 2014. Available at SSRN:

‘EU Climate Change Unilateralism’ (2012) 23 European Journal of International Law 469 (with Lavanya Rajamani)

‘Carbon Trading Needs a Multi-Level Approach’ 7357 (2011) Nature 445 (with Mark Maslin)

‘In Legal Limbo: Post-Legislative Guidance as a Challenge for European Administrative Law’ (2011) 48 Common Market Law Review, pp. 329-355

‘From Brussels with Love: The Transatlantic Travels of European Law and the Chemistry of Regulatory Attraction’ (2009) 57(4) American Journal of Comparative Law 897-942

‘The Hidden World of WTO Governance’ (2009) 20(3) European Journal of International Law 575-614 (with Andrew Lang)

‘Courts as Catalysts: Rethinking the Judicial Role in New Governance’ 13(3) (2007) Columbia Journal of European Law, pp. 565-594 (with Susan Sturm)

‘The Mox Plant Litigation: The First Half-Life’ (2004) 53 International and Comparative Law Quarterly 643-676 (with Robin Churchill)

‘International Trade and Environmental Governance: Relating Rules (and Standards) in the EU and the WTO’ (2004) 15 European Journal of International Law 307-354

‘The Convention on the Future of Europe: An Environmental Perspective’ (2003) 15 Journal of Environmental Law 323-339 (with Jan H. Jans

‘European Regulation of GMOs and the WTO’  (2003) 9 Columbia Journal of European Law 213-239

‘Mind the Gap: Law and New Approaches to Governance in the European Union’ (2002) European Law Journal 1-18 (with David Trubek)

‘Flexibility in the Implementation of EC Environmental Law’ (1998) Yearbook of European Environmental Law 36-60

‘Law, Legitimacy and EC Governance: Prospects for Partnership’ (1998) 36 Journal of Common Market Studies 175-194

Book Chapters

‘The Multi-Level Governance of Climate Change’ in: P. Craig and G. de Burca, The Evolution of EU Law (OUP, 2011), pp. 805-835

‘Contingent Unilateralism – International Aviation in the European Emissions Trading Scheme’ in B. Van Vooren, S. Blockmans and J. Wouters, The EU’s Role in Global Governance: The Legal Dimension (OUP, 2013)

REACH: Combining Harmonisation with Dynamism in the Regulation of Chemicals‘ in J.Scott (ed.), Environmental Protection: European Law and Governance (OUP, 2009)

‘Stateless Nations in the European Union: Two Cheers not Three’ in N. Walker (ed.), Maccormick’s Scotland (Edinburgh UP, 2012)

Current Teaching


EU Law


EU Environmental Law

PhD Supervision

Joanne Scott’s PhD students have written on diverse topics including new modes of governance in the EU, the international aspects of EU food safety regulation, the precautionary principle, regime interaction in international fisheries governance and EU regulation of genetically modified organisms. Joanne welcomes approaches from potential students, particularly in the area of European/transnational environmental law and governance, including climate change.