Nertila Kuraj

Postdoctoral Research Fellow
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Nertila Kuraj  is a postdoc research fellow at the Public and International Law Department, UiO. 


Nertila holds a Bachelor Degree in Law (110/110) from the University of Pisa, Italy, and a Master (cum laude) in International and European Law from the same university. She was previously working with Agricultural and Food Law at INRA, in Paris, France, where she took part in the HolyRisk Project, a comparative study on how scientific uncertainty in risk assessment informs decision-making regarding food safety in both EU and US.

Her PhD (defended May 2017) focused on the regulation of nanotechnology in the EU/EEA Law, especially in the area of ​​chemicals legislation and the REACH Regulation. She wrote her thesis primarily under the guide and supervision of Professor Hans Christian Bugge. 
Nertila has also spent a few years as a visiting scholar at UC Berkeley were she worked under the supervision of Professor Daniel Farber.


(2021) Peder Sather Grant, The Peder Sather Center for Advanced Study, University of California  at Berkeley, for a project on the regulatory status of Crispr use for environmental gene-editing purposes in the EU and the US. 

(2020) Peder Sather Grant, The Peder Sather Center for Advanced Study, University of California at Berkeley

(2020) Nomura Foundation & Surugadai University Special Research Grant, Japan (Joint Effort) for the project: “Enforcement Systems of Child Support for Tackling Child (Environmental) Poverty in Japan. Looking for Solutions through a Comparative Legal Perspective from the US and Norway.

(2018) FRIPRO Mobility Grant/Marie Skłodowska-Curie Fellowship, The Norwegian Research Council, Norway, for the project titled “The case for Regulation of Synthetic Biology and the Need for a New Category of Risk. An Interdisciplinary analysis between the EU and the US.” Overall assessment grade: 7 – Exceptional, ranking range (9%)

(2017) Scandinavia-Japan Sasakawa Foundation – Norge (SJSF-N), scholarship for the project titled “Interaction of the European REACH chemicals law and its Japanese counterpart, the Kashinho. Legal cross-fertilisation and the case of nanotechnology.”

(2017) The Science Studies Colloquium (Forum for Vitenskapsteori), University of Oslo, Norway, Scholarhsip for project the project titled “Taking human health and environmental protection seriously: The need for a paradigmatic shift in regulatory toxicology.”

(2016) Mobility grant for young researchers, The Norwegian University Centre in Paris, France


(2015 – 2017) Lecturer – JUS5520 - International Environmental Law, Department of Public and    International Law, University of Oslo, Norway

(2015 – present) Lecturer – NORINT0500 - Norwegian Life and Society, The Norwegian Legal System, Department of Linguistics and Scandinavian Studies, University of Oslo, Norway


  • UC Berkeley School of Law, USA (January-July 2014 & November 2018- November 2020)
  • The Hastings Center, USA
  • Yale Interdisciplinary Center for Bioethics, USA
  • Waseda University Law School, Tokyo, Japan
  • Institute of Environmental Sciences, Bogaziçi University, Istanbul, Turkey
  • The Norwegian University Centre in Paris, France
  • Sant’Anna School of Advanced Studies, DIRPOLIS Institute, Pisa, Italy
  • UC Berkeley, School of Law, USA
  • Exchange International student, University of Bergen, Norway, Erasmus Mobility 


After a year of leave (2020-2021), Nertila is currently working on her second monograph, with the tentative title: “The regulation of synthetic biology in EU and the US." In addition to her current expertise areas and ongoing projects on complex chemicals, synthetic biology and Crispr, she is also interested in and working on the regulation of marine (micro- and nano-) plastic pollution in the EU and Japan, particularly in the light of an upcoming international treaty on the subject. 

In her spare time, Nertila is very found of food & cooking and Italian opera (particularly Verdi). She enjoys travelling, photography, poetry and hiking. 

Tags: Crispr, microplastic, nanoplastic, maine plastic pollution, circular economy, synthetic biology, nanotechnology, chemicals regulation, REACH, Environmental Law, Food Law, risk


Kuraj, Nertila (2019). REACH and the Environmental Regulation of Nanotechnology - Preventing and Reducing the Environmental Impacts of Nanomaterials. Routledge. ISBN-13: 978-0367189648, 288s.

Kuraj, Nertila (2018). Complexities and conflict in controlling dangerous chemicals: the case of regulating endocrine disruptors in EU law, in Eléonore Maitre-Ekern; Carl Dalhammar & Hans Christian Bugge (ed.),  Preventing Environmental Damage from Products An Analysis of the Policy and Regulatory Framework in Europe . Cambridge University Press. ISBN 9781108422444. 11. s 276 - 302

Kuraj, Nertila (2012). Troppo piccole per preoccuparsene? Le applicazioni delle nanotecnologe in ambito alimentare nella normativa europea . Rivista di diritto agrario, 2012, n. 3, GIUFFRÈ, part I, p. 514


  • Kuraj, Nertila (2018). Complexities and conflicts in controlling dangerous chemicals: the case of regulating endocrine disruptors in EU law. In Maitre-Ekern, Eléonore; Dalhammar, Carl & Bugge, Hans Christian (Ed.), Preventing Environmental Damage from Products An Analysis of the Policy and Regulatory Framework in Europe. Cambridge University Press. ISSN 9781108422444. p. 276–302. doi: 10.1017/9781108500128.011.

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