2 May 2022

Call for Researchers for the Joint Study Group 2022: Towards a Joint Euro-Mediterranean Approach to Fight Environmental Crime in the Mediterranean

As part of the project EuroMeSCo: Connecting the Dots, co-funded by the European Union and the European Institute of the Mediterranean (IEMed), we are opening calls for researchers to take part in five different Joint Study Groups.

The EuroMeSCo Joint Study Groups 2022 will be made up of four Authors, including a Coordinator, who will jointly produce a Policy Study over a period of 6-7 months. Interested researchers may apply as Author or as Author and Coordinator to each Joint Study Group. In both cases, they will have to complete the online form and submit their application by 18 May (included).

Here is a brief description of the rationale of this Joint Study Group:

Towards a Joint Euro-Mediterranean Approach to Fight Environmental Crime in the Mediterranean

Environmental crime refers to the activities that “breach environmental legislation and cause significant harm or risk to the environment and human health”[1]. Fighting environmental crime has made its way to the European policy and legislative agenda over the last years. It is one of the priorities under the European Multidisciplinary Platform Against Criminal Threats 2022-2025, and in December 2021, the European Commission adopted a proposal for a new Directive on the protection of the environment through criminal law. There is also a rich scientific literature on fighting environmental crime in the European context (see for instance https://www.iai.it/en/pubblicazioni/fighting-environmental-crime-europe).

In the Euro-Mediterranean context, environmental cooperation has always been an important issue. Multilateral initiatives, such as the Mediterranean Action Plan (UNEP/MAP-Barcelona Convention), UfM efforts and EU projects, including research initiatives have consistently supported the agenda of a depolluted, healthy and clean Mediterranean sea. However, it seems that the issue of environmental crime has been under-explored in the Euro-Mediterranean context.

This Joint Study Group could offer an assessment of the scale of environmental crime in the Euro-Mediterranean region and an overview of applicable legislation and enforcement efforts in different countries. It could also propose policy recommendations to incorporate the fight against environmental crime in Euro-Mediterranean policy frameworks and initiatives.

You may apply to more than one Joint Study Group but may eventually only be selected to join one of them.

See the EuroMeSCo Joint Study Groups 2022 Terms of Reference for more information.

[1] European Commission DG Environment website: Combating Environmental Crimes, last updated on 29 January 2020, https://ec.europa.eu/environment/ egal/crime
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