My name is Giorgia Carratta and I am the ESR7. I am from Southern Italy, Apulia, and my hometown is called Galatina (LE). After having obtained a Master’s Degree in Law in 2019 at the University of Salento and started working as a trainee lawyer in Milan, in August 2020 I moved to Leipzig, Germany, to join the wonderful LimnoPlast Project. In this context, I had also the great opportunity to start working and studying at the HHL Leipzig Graduate School of Management. Here, in addition to being an ESR, I am a PhD Candidate of the HHL Doctoral Program and a Research Associate at the Chair of International Management as well.
My exciting – and challenging – research project within LimnoPlast is titled: “The legal situation of microplastics in Europe’s freshwater ecosystems”. Together with my supervisors, Prof. Dr. Liv Jaeckel and Prof. Dr. Tobias Dauth, I will tackle this issue from a legal- and a business-oriented perspective at once.
The starting point of my research is a review of universal and regional international law, including regulatory gaps and effects, addressing MPs. Subsequently, my attention will shift to the European context and I will explore its relevant legal framework along the life and dispersion cycle of plastic products. As a result of my analysis, hopefully, the ultimate outcome of my research project will be achieved: the proposal of innovative legal tools to tackle the MPs challenge, including voluntary agreements and economic incentives.
What do I love about living in Leipzig? Here people are extremely friendly and the city is one of the greenest I have even seen! In my free time, I enjoy so much riding my bike in the many green areas embracing the city centre and taking a breath along its canals. In summer, it is even possible to go for a swim in the lakes nearby!
Auf Wiedersehen und bleibt gesund,