Sandra Cassotta

European Baccalaureate in Languages, Ecole Européenne, Uccle I, PhD Degree in Law, Master Degree in Political Science

  • Fibigerstræde 4, 205b

    9220 Aalborg Ø



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Research profile

Research profile

Sandra is Associate Professor in International, Environmental and Energy Law. She is appointed Lead Author on Environmental Governance and Polar Regions (Arctic and Antarctic) at the Intergovernamental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) United Nations. She is specialized in environmental damage and liability problems in a multilevel context. Her expertise is on environmental regime effectiveness in a multi-level governance perspective. Included in her areas of interests are human rights, law of the sea (UNCLOS), and environmental security (particularly that of the Arctic Ocean), Energy Security and Geopolitics. Though a legal scholar, her approach is interdisciplinary, combining law with international relations, economics, and elements of (climate) environmental science. Sandra is also Adjunt Professor of Law, School of Law, Western Sydney University (Sydney, Australia), Fellow at the Sustainability College Bruges – SCB (Belgium), Expert Research Fellow at the Institute for Security and Development Policy, ISDP working on the Sino-Arctic Research Programme (Stockholm, Sweden), Member of the Governamental Panel of Assessemnt for the Academy of Finland for Governamental Projects on Environmental Law and Economcis and Expert at the European Commission (DG Clima Adaptation) and the European Parliament.

Teaching profile

Teaching Profile

Currently, Sandra Cassotta is responsible for the Course on Climate Change and Energy Law and Energy Law. She has been teaching and course responsible for the course on Climate Change and Forced Migration, International Environmental Law, US Environmental Protection Law, Legal, Economic & Political Governance of the Resource Exploitation in the Arctic, Polar Law, Law of the Sea, Environmental Protection of Indigenous Rights (Protection of Minority Rights), Climate Change and Human Rights, Arctic  Environmental Ocean Security, European Union Law, Law of the Single Market (free movement of goods, services, and capitals), EU Competition Law (Abuse of Dominant Position, and Anti-Trust), EU Consumer Law, Energy Security & Geopolitics, Global Law and Justice and cyber international law. In addition, in line with her interdisciplinary research profile, Sandra teaches in other departments and areas at Aalborg University (Climate Change and Ecology at the Department of Political Science and Climate Law and Ocean Environmental Governance at the Faculty of Engineering and Science Department of Chemistry and Bioscience – Section Biology and Environmental Science. She teaches also abroad in all the Institutes and Universities where she is currently affiliated.

External positions

Fellow at the Sustainable College Bruges (SCB)

Adjunt Professor of Law at Western Sydney Univesity, Centre of International Ocean Governance

Expert Reserach Fellow at the Institute for Security and Development Policy (ISDP)

Lead Author at the Intergovernamental Panel of Climate Change (IPCC)


  • Law
  • Climate Change and Energy Law
  • Environment
  • Climate change adaptation


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