The BIO-TRADE project funded by Biodiversa+ and Water JPI organizes a scientific seminar on the following topic: Is European economic law biodiversity and human rights friendly?

Abstracts are invited by 31st May 2023

The seminar addresses the question of how the European Union and European countries can protect ecosystems and biodiversity globally through regulating trade, supply chains, and foreign operations of European companies. It focuses on how social-ecological and biodiversity criteria for sustainable production and products could be brought into European law so that laws are coherent and effective while being acceptable under trade law and in line with human rights law, also from a Global South perspective.

The event takes place in Copenhagen on Tuesday 19th September 2023 as a live event.

We invite scientific contributions under the following themes:

  • Biodiversity and trade law (including social-ecological considerations)
  • Biodiversity and supply chain law (e.g., EU Deforestation Regulation, EU Corporate Sustainability Due Diligence Directive (including social-ecological considerations)
  • No-net-loss, mitigation hierarchy, and biodiversity offsets
  • Human rights, biodiversity, and ecosystems


Abstracts are invited by 31st May 2023. Send your 200-word abstract to


Abstracts will be selected based on scientific quality and relevance for the theme.

The authors will be notified of acceptance in the beginning of June.
In addition to the scientific presentations and discussion, the seminar day will include a science-policy panel.

The event is free of charge and includes coffee, lunch, and dinner, but unfortunately no travel grants are available.


BIO-TRADE project partners will operate as event chairs:

  • Dr. Carola Glinski; Centre for Private Governance, Copenhagen University, Denmark
  • Dr. Elisabeth Bürgi Bonanomi and Dr. Irene Musselli; Centre for Development and Environment, University of Bern, Switzerland
  • Dr. Claudia Ituarte-Lima and Dr. Radu Mares; Raoul Wallenberg Institute for Human Rights and Humanitarian Law, Sweden
  • Dr. Anu Lähteenmäki-Uutela and Dr. Minna Pappila; Finnish Environment Institute, Finland