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Alessandra welcomes potential PhD applicants in her fields of research interest with a particular focus on international trade law, international environmental law, technology law, patent law, and green tech.


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Dr Alessandra Guida is a Lecturer (Research & Education) specialising in international trade law, international environmental law, and patent law. Alessandra is also a Fellow of the Senator George J. Mitchell Institute for Global Peace, Security and Justice - The Rights and Social Justice Theme. For her contribution to leadership in learning and teaching, Alessandra has been recognised as a Fellow of the UK Higher Education Academy. In September 2022 she was appointed as a UK Trade and Sustainable Development Domestic Advisory Group (UK TSD DAG) Member Representative by the UK Department for International Trade (DIT) while in 2017 she was approved as an Italian lawyer (“Avvocato Abilitato alla Professione”).

Alessandra’s work has been published in a number of international peer-reviewed journals. She is also the author of the recent book “Biosafety Measures, Technology Risks and the World Trade Organization: Thriving and Surviving in the Age of Biotech, which will be a valuable resource for policymakers working on proportionality, precautionary governance and management, scholars in the areas of trade law, intellectual property rights and environmental law, as well as NGOs working in the field of new technologies, biosafety, sustainability and food safety.

Alessandra’s expertise and research is also recognised internationally. In 2023, she was admitted as a member of the Global Network for Human Rights and the Environment (GNHRE), which is a global network of thinkers, researchers, policy-makers, opinion-formers and community activists producing, exchanging and learning from world-leading scholarship and insights drawn from community-embedded experience and praxis at the interface between human rights and the environment all over the world. In the same year, she was nominated and subsequently admitted as a member of the IUCN's World Commission on Environmental Law (WCEL) and she is a member of the Commission's “Biodiversity Law”, “Soil and Sustainable Agriculture Law”, and “Ocean Law” Specialist Groups. The WCEL is a network of experts from across the world and serves as the principal source of technical legal advice to the IUCN, its members, and collaborating institutions on all aspects of environmental law.

Dr Guida is also the PI of the “Agricultural Pesticides Vs Food Sustainability: A Need to Produce Ground-Breaking Knowledge from an Interdisciplinary and Dialoguing Perspective” project aiming to produce ground-breaking knowledge, from an interdisciplinary and dialoguing perspective, about the numerous challenges intrinsic to ag-pests. She is developing this project along with six worldwide leading scholars in the areas of environmental law and human rights from the USA, Colombia, Canada, and Italy.


Alessandra's teaching experience extends across a range of law modules, including

LAW7825-Climate, Justice and Human Rights (PG) (MC)

LAW3102-Clinical Law (UG) (MC)

LAW3041-Research Project A (UG)

LAW7826-World Trade Law (PG)

LAW7852-Corporate Environmental Law (PG)

LAW7844-Law and the Challenges of Technology (PG)

LAW3099-Financial Services Law (PG)

LAW3041-Research Project B (UG)

LAW3000-Dissertation (UG)

Alessandra welcomes potential PhD applicants in her fields of research interest with a particular focus on international trade law, international environmental law, technology law, patent law, and green tech.


Alessandra holds an LL.B. & LL.M. in Law from the University of Bologna - Faculty of Law (Italy). She wrote her LL.M Dissertation at Tilburg Law School, University of Tilburg (Netherlands). She holds a Master of Research, which received High Distinction from external examiners, and a Ph.D. in Law from Macquarie Law School, Macquarie University, Sydney (Australia). Her doctoral project was considered by external examiners to be in the top 5% of doctoral-level research in the fields of international trade law, international human rights, and international environmental law. She also obtained several additional professional certificates, such as the Certificate on ‘The Aboriginal Cultural Safety Training’ from Macquarie University and the Certificate on ‘International Climate Change Law and Policy’, from New Castle Law School, University of Newcastle, Australia.

After being admitted to the Italian State Bar and practising as a lawyer for almost two years, Alessandra worked as a Research Assistant for the (RG191039) Mining the Deep Ocean project at UNSW Sydney – School of Global and Public Law, Sydney, Australia. She is a member of a number of international associations, including the Global Network for Human Rights and the Environment (GNHRE), Sustainable Market Actors Network (University of Oslo), Daughters of Themis: International Network of Female Business Scholars (University of Oslo, Faculty of Law), Australian and New Zealand Society of International Law (ANZSIL), and European Environment Agency Network (EEAcademy Network).


Leadership roles: 

  • International Student Liaison Co-ordinator (2023-current)
  • Lead of the International and European Law Thematic Group (2023-current)
  • PhD Training Programme Coordinator (2022-23)

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 2 - Zero Hunger
  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 6 - Clean Water and Sanitation
  • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 14 - Life Below Water
  • SDG 15 - Life on Land
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions


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