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María Dolores Sánchez Galera

María Dolores Sánchez Galera

Doctorate from:

Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna, Italia

Institute at UC3M:

"Pascual Madoz" Institute of Land, Urbanism and Environment


CONEX Fellow from 25/06/2015 to 30/06/2019



My contribution aims at mapping new questions and exploring current and potential problems in Environmental and Energy law, or most generally speaking, on public policy striving for sustainable development and sustainable growth. Good (as well as bad) legislation is a powerful instrument towards today’s transformation of society through the constant flooding of innovation, technological assailment, health and growth concerns, climate policy and the quick transition towards renewable energy. We are abusing in an obsessing manner the term “sustainable”, without enhancing its substantial content. This analysis strives for integration at the law-making level. Therefore integration means that Energy and Environmental law, are not assessed on their own. I will focus on the importance of integrating legislation at every level (local, regional, national and European level) and in every related sector within Environmental and energy law in order to get a balance between the level playing field and sustainability goals.


Maria Dolores Sanchez Galera (1976) LLB (Honours) in Public Comparative Law by Glasgow University, Scotland where she was a Post-graduate researcher in Comparative Law. She got a European Master’s degree on the history and comparison of the political and legal institutions of Mediterranean Europe; and a PhD in Environmental Law at the Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna, Pisa, being a research fellow at a European RTN until 2006. As a former Legal Officer of the International Development Law Organization was in charge of the World Bank legal training programs in Access to Justice in Post-conflict areas. She was researcher for HiiL. She has Lectured on European Law and Environmental Law. She collaborates as a freelance researcher for different charity foundations and organizations and she was international cooperation officer for Caritas Catania. Before joining UC3 she was a researcher for the DIRPOLIS Institute at the Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna, Pisa.  Her research interests are: Environmental Law and Urban Planning, Energy Law, Public Comparative Law, European Law, Social Rights, Third Sector and Social Policies in Europe, Rule of Law and Development and Applied Legal Theory.

Journal Articles:

  • María Dolores Sánchez Galera "An European vision of "Sustainability" and what it entails in a global legal system", Revista de Relaciones Internacionales, Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, September 2016.
  • María Dolores Sánchez Galera "La integración de las políticas energéticas y ambientales en la Unión Europea: paradojas y contradicciones a la luz del paradigma de sostenibilidad", Revista General de Derecho Administrativo, Iustel
  • María Dolores Sánchez Galera "European integration under the paradig of sustainibility threatened by the uncertainties of the internal energy market", Enviornmental and Energy Law Journal.
  • María Dolores Sanchez Galera, "European Sustainability Model at Risk: TTIP Negotiations Going Forward at the Cost of Jeopardising the Prides of the EU Energy Framework Without No Added Value" (January 01, 2017). Available at SSRN: or
  • María Dolores Sánchez Galera “Nuevos desarrollos en la Jurisprudencia Europea sobre las energías renovables: La sentencia Essent Belgium”, n. 186 REDA, sep. 2017.
  • Book review, “F.Capra, U. Mattei, The Ecology of Law. Toward a Legal System in Tune with Nature and Community, in European Energy and Environmental Law Review 26:3 2017

Book Chapters:

  • Manuel Feliu, María Dolores Sánchez Galera, “La Cooperativa como motor de Sostenibilidad en el ámbito del Turismo”, en, AA.VV. (eds). Turismo y Sostenibilidad, in Lorenzo Mezzasoma, María José Reyes López, Thomson Reuters, 2018, ISBN 9788490992104, págs.41-70.
  • María Dolores Sánchez Galera, “La Jurisprudencia europea sobre las energías renovables: A propósito de los “molinos de viento””, in Albert Ruda y Carmen Jerez Delgado (ed.), Estudios sobre Jurisprudencia Europea, editorial SEPÍN, 2018
  • María Dolores Sánchez Galera, “Sustainable development’: The “hedgehog” or the “fox” of the European integration dream?. A closer look to its social dimension”, in Pietro Masala (ed.), La Europa Social: Alcances, retrocesos y desafíos para la construcción de un espacio jurídico de solidaridad, Centro de Estudios Políticos y Constitucionales, 2018
  • María Dolores Sánchez Galera, “The EU Sustainability Model at the crossroads of a leadership on climate policy and the failure of a strong energy integration. A fragmented European Scenario”, in Rosa M. Gilés Carnero (ed), Desafíos de la Acción Jurídica Internacional y Europea frente al Cambio Climático, ed. Atelier, 2018.
  • María Dolores Sánchez Galera, “La transición Europea hacía la Sostenibilidad. Desafíos para España en el Proceso de Integración", Libro Homenaje a Luciano Parejo Alfonso, coordinado por Marcos Váquer y Ángel Manuel Moreno Molina, Tirant lo Blanch, 2018.
  • Manuel Feliu, María Dolores Sánchez Galera, “La Cooperativa como motor de Sostenibilidad en el ámbito del Turismo”, en, AA.VV. (eds). Turismo y Sostenibilidad, in Lorenzo Mezzasoma, María José Reyes López, Thomson Reuters, 2018, ISBN 9788490992104, págs.41-70
  • María Dolores Sánchez Galera, “Compulsory Education”, in Encyclopedia of the UN Sustainable Development Goals. Quality Education, edited by Walter Leal Filho, Pinar Gökçin Özuyar, Anabela Marisa Azul, Luciana Brandli, Ulisses Azeiteiro and Tony Wall, Springer 2019
  • María Dolores Sánchez Galera, “Sustainability and Law: Many different Stories About the Ecology of Law” in Petra Molthan-hill, Storytelling and Sustainability, Routledge 2019.


  • "Legal and Normative Implications to the SDG’s” in Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna at the International conference on the UN Global Agenda on Sustainable Development Goals. Octubre 2018. 


  • Contribución científica al informe international: "Education for Development” issued by Columbia University, New York and The Earth Institute as part of the SDSN, María Dolores Sánchez Galera, “An international legal enquiry about how to implement Sustainable Development Goals into curricula?”2018.
  • Índice ODS 2018: Activando los compromisos para 2030. REDS (España).

Other dissemination and communication activities:

  • October, 2015: Small Comunities Renewable Energy Projects, BENELEX project.
  • October, 2015: Fonti energetiche rinnovabili: verso una politica energetica integrata
  • October, 2015: Legal framework of E-Waste in Europe. Invisible Consequences for the World: Paper Presented on the Lincoln Centre on Environmental Law , Lincoln, United Kingdom.
  • October, 2015: EU Energy Law and Policy: Workshop on the EUI, Florence School of Energy, Florence, Italy.
  • November,2015: Conceiving Urban Commons as an Empowerment Instrument for Building Green Governance Worlwide through the use of Renewable Energy Resources in Small-Scale Communities: poster presented at the Urban Commons International Conference, Bologna, Italy.
  • January, 2016: The integration of environmental and Energy Law for the sake of sustainability: seminar presented at Scuola Superiore Sant' Ana, Pisa, Italy.
  • Collaboration with the UCLM, Summer School: La regulación de las energías renovables y el cambio climático, El Acuerdo de París y la lucha contra el cambio climático, July 2017.
  • Collaboration with the Universidad Complutense Madrid, International Relations Department. Teaching on the “European Sustainability Model”, April 2018.
  • Collaboration with 4ESO program at the UC3M together with the Conex-Marie Curie Researcher Migle Laukyte, April 2018.
  • Collaboration with The Secretariat of the consortium of Master’s in Development Practice Programs (MDP) at the Earth Institute's Center for Sustainable Development, "Challenges in Development Education and Practice". Paper presented "Turning our attention to an international legal enquiry about how to incorporate sustainable development goals into Curricula". Columbia University, New York.
  •  Scientific Contribution to the International Report “Education for Development” emitido por Columbia University, New York y The Earth Institute, como parte de SDSN,  María Dolores Sánchez Galera, “An international legal enquiry about how to implement Sustainable Development Goals into curricula?”2018.
  • Paper presented at  Master on Local Development (CoDe), Trento University: “What place for education in local administration under the premises of sustainability and the new 2030 Global Agenda?. November 2018.
  • Seminar at Pascual Mádoz Institute: “Sustainable Development: The Hedgehog or the Fox of the EU sustainability Model”.December 2018.