Dr Louise Spiteri

Dr Louise Spiteri

Dr Louise Spiteri


Assistant Lecturer

Room 308
University of Malta
  +356 2340 3484
Dr. Louise Spiteri (nee Farrugia) is a lawyer, currently working as an assistant lecturer at the University of Malta, namely with the Environmental and Resource Law Department. She is currently doing a PHD research dedicated to climate change liability and insurance, with Dr. Zen Makuch, Director of Centre for Environmental Policy at Imperial College London.

Dr Spiteri pursued her studies at the University of Malta where in 1999 she was awarded the degree in Doctor of laws and two years later in 2001 she was awarded the Magister Juris Degree in Public International Law. In this interim period she was practicing litigation mainly in civil and criminal law at the Maltese Law Courts.

Then in the year 2000 she joined the public sector as a legal officer with the Environment Protection Department. During this period she participated in the negotiations and legal drafting of the EU environmentla acquis. She was also appointed as a Board Secretary of the National Commission for Sustainable Development set up on March 2002, and had the opportunity to participate to the 2002 Johannesburg Summit on Sustainable Development.

In 2003 she joined the Diplomatic corp within the Ministry for Foreign Affairs. There she followed International and EU legal matters at the Multilateral Directorate of the Ministry. She then had a working experience of two years as a full time lawyer linguist with the Maltese Division at the European Court of Justice.

Prior to her current appointment with the University of Malta she also occupied the position of a legal officer at the EU legal Affairs Unit at the Attorney General's Office in Malta, where she dealt mainly with infringement cases issued by the European Commission against Malta.

During the years 2011 and 2013 she was also nominated as the President for the Council for Professions Complementary to Medicine (CPCM) and Chairperson for the Government Formulary List Appeals Committee. Currently she is a member of the Forum of European Legal Experts on Climate Change Adaptation.

She has also published articles in environmental law reviews and she has also coordinated and conceptualised various EU projects and programmes.
  • Environmental law
  • International law
  • Energy policy
  • Maritime law

Spiteri, L. 2013, A legal study of Marine Protected Areas in Malta and their self-financing for a study required by the Malta Environment and Planning Authority for the tender TN 0012/2013 entitled

Spiteri, L. 2013, Sant'Antnin Waste Treatment Plant in Marsascala - Review operations, Government of Malta, Malta.

Spiteri, L. 2012, Country Report for Malta: Evaluation Study on the Implementation of Directive 2009/123/EC on amending Directive 2005/35/EC on ship-source pollution and on the introduction of penalties for infringement., MILIEU Ltd., Belgium.

Spiteri, L. 2012, A study on the Energy Market in Malta and its interaction with EU competition law, International Federation for European Law, Belgium.

Spiteri, L. 2011, The concept of holder of waste under Maltese Law, WASTESERV Ltd., Malta.

Farrugia, L. 2010, Environmental Law in Malta, Kluwer Law International.

Spiteri, L. 2010, "The duty to Protect and Preserve the Environment", Mediterranean Journal of Human Rights, vol. 14, no. 1, pp. 49.

Spiteri, L. 2009, Malta's Environmental Law in Kluwer Encyclopedia of Laws  , Wolters Kluwer, Netherlands.

Spiteri, L. 2003, Collaboration in a Report for the Tender for the setting up of a list of Alien Fauna- Ref. Tender No. T09/03, Malta Environment and Planning Authority, Malta.

Spiteri, L. 2002, Malta's multilateral legal obligation published in the Malta National Report, submitted by the Government of Malta to the World Summit on Sustainable Development, DOI, Malta.

  • ECL5038 - Environmental Legislation and Policy of the European Union
  • ERL1002 - Environmental Justice
  • ERL3001 - Principles of International Environmental Law
  • ERL4000 - Climate Change and International Law
  • EST3190 - European Environmental Law and Policy
  • SPI1711 - Landscape and Human Impact