Professor Aleksandra Cavoski

Professor Aleksandra Cavoski

Birmingham Law School
Professor of Environmental Law
College Director of Global Engagement

Contact details

Birmingham Law School
University of Birmingham
B15 2TT

Professor Aleksandra Cavoski’s teaching and research interests are in the areas of Environmental and EU law. She has particular interest in EU accession countries.


  • LLB - University of Belgrade, School of Law
  • MSC European Studies - London School of Economics
  • PhD in Law - University of Belgrade, School of Law


Aleksandra Cavoski joined the Birmingham Law School in September 2012. Previously she was Professor at Union University School of Law in Belgrade, Serbia and a Visiting Professor at Washington and Lee University, in Lexington, Virginia and at the Faculty of Political Science, University of Belgrade. She has worked in the Ministry of Justice in Serbia and as a consultant for the World Bank, European Commission and the OSCE.


  • Environmental Law - Module leader
  • LLM Environment and Energy Law – Module leader
  • LLM Research methods - Co-ordinator
  • Legal Foundations of the European Union Seminar leader
  • Land Law Lecturer

Postgraduate supervision

Aleksandra Cavoski is happy to supervise postgraduate research students interested in Environmental and EU law, particularly:

  • the enforcement of EU environmental law and how it differs from the challenges of enforcement at the international level;
  • the intersection between law and science and law and language, especially in the field of environmental law.

Potential students are invited to contact Dr Cavoski via email to discuss their research proposals prior to submitting official applications.

Current PhD students

  • Ryan Dean - Hydraulic fracturing, environmental harm and public health
  • Benjamin Czapnik - WTO rules on subsidies and the environment
  • Indria Wahyuni - Impacts of the Decentralisation on Oil and Gas Mining Activities in Indonesia
  • Menes Muzan - Rethinking Differential Treatment in International Environmental Law and its Implications on the Legal Framework for Combating Desertification in Nigeria
  • Yunxiang Shi - The effectiveness of Chinese policies on renewable energy and energy efficiency in the context of WTO legal system
  • Edward Clay - Understanding Translation as a Propagating Factor in Contact-Induced Language Change through Diachronic Corpora of English, French and Italian Texts on the Subject of Migration Produced by the European Union Institutions

Find out more - our PhD Law  page has information about doctoral research at the University of Birmingham.


Dr Cavoski's principal research interests are in the field of environmental law and EU law, including certain aspects of public international law. Her research agenda is inter-disciplinary and explores the intersection of law and other disciplines, in particular politics, science, public policy and language. She is also particularly interested in the comparative experiences in Western Balkans countries as they undergo the accession process in environmental law and policy. Related to the accession process are issues of legal translation in the EU and how language is used to translate different legal cultures.



  • Suzanne Kingston, Veerle Heyvaert and Aleksandra Čavoški, European Environmental Law Cambridge University Press 2017.

Selected articles

  • Aleksandra Čavoški, “EU Environmental Compliance Assurance”, Environmental Law Review 2019 2;
  • Aleksandra Čavoški, “Potential Risks for an Electric Vehicle Future”, UKELA elaw 2019 March/April;
  • Aleksandra Čavoški, “Legal Language and EU Integration. The Case of the Western Balkans”, JLL 2018 7, pp. 70–96, DOI: 10.14762/jll.2018.070
  • Aleksandra Čavoški, “The Unintended Consequences of EU Law and Policy on Air Pollution”, RECIEL 2017 26(3), pp. 255–265;
  • Veerle Heyvaert and Aleksandra Čavoški, “UK Environmental Law Post Brexit” in Michael Dougan (ed.), The UK After Brexit: Legal and Policy Challenges, Intersentia, 2017;
  • Aleksandra Čavoški, “Interaction of Law and Language in the EU”, JoSTrans  2017 27, pp. 58-74;
  • Aleksandra Čavoški, “An Assessment of Compliance Strategies in the Environmental Policy Area”, European Law Review 2016 2, pp. 252-274;
  • Aleksandra Čavoški, “A Post-austerity European Commission: No Role for Environmental Policy?”, Environmental Politics 2015 24(3), pp. 501-505;
  • Aleksandra Čavoški, “Idealism or Realism in the Process of EU Enlargement - the Case of Serbia”, East European Quarterly 2015 43(4), pp. 265-289;
  • Aleksandra Čavoški, “The Environmental Challenges of EU Enlargement: Implementing the Waste Acquis in Serbia”, Journal of European Environmental and Planning Law 2014 11(1), pp. 49-68;
  • Aleksandra Čavoški, “Revisiting the Convention on Nuclear Safety: Lessons Learned from the Fukushima Accident”, Asian Journal of International Law 2013 3(2), pp. 365-391;
  • Aleksandra Čavoški, “Perceptions of the European Union in Serbia”, Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung dossier ‘Europe – the Final Countdown or Resurrection Time?’ within the EU “Europe for Citizens” project, June 2013.
  • Aleksandra Čavoški, “Development of Environmental Law and Policy in Serbia” in Violeta Besirević (ed.) Public Law in Serbia: Twenty Years After, European Public Law Series, Volume CI, Esperia Publications Ltd, London, 2012, pp. 259-283;
  • Aleksandra Čavoški, “Transposition of Acquis – Challenges and Difficulties Facing the Serbian Administration”, European Review of Public Law/Revue Européenne de Droit Public, Vol. 22(4) winter/hiver Annual Review 2010, pp. 1179-1197;
  • Aleksandra Čavoški, “Organisation of Public Administration in Serbia” European Review of Public Law/Revue Européenne de Droit Public, 2008 Vol. 20(4), pp. 1589-1608.

Aleksandra also published extensively in Serbian language.

View all publications in research portal


  • EU Accession Countries (Wester Balkans) with regard to environmental law and policy
  • Environmental Law 
  • EU Law 
  • Law and language with particular focus on multilingual translation in the EU
  • The intersection of law and other disciplines, in particular politics, science, public policy and language in the area of environmental law