Ms.Laurence Boisson de Chazournes, a French citizen, is Professor and Director of the Department of Public International Law and International Organization, Faculty of Law, University of Geneva. She is also a Visiting Professor at the Graduate Institute of International Studies (Geneva, Switzerland), and at the University of Aix-Marseille (France). Her areas of specialization include International Law, Environmental Law and Water Law, International Organizations, International Humanitarian Law and International Economic Law
She holds a Ph.D. in International Law from the Graduate Institute of International Studies, Geneva, Switzerland), Bar exam (Lyon, France) and a Diploma in Political Science from the University of Lyon II (France).
She is a Consultant and a Member of Groups of Experts with various international organizations, including the World Bank, WHO, UNDP, ILO, UNEP, Global Environmental Facility (GEF) and UNITAR. She also consulted for the Swiss Government, the UN Intergovernmental Negotiating Committee for a Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), and the UN Center for Human Rights.
Laurence Boisson de Chazournes was a Counsel for the Solomon Islands and Samoa in the Request by the World Health Organization and the UN to the International Court of Justice for Advisory Opinion on the Legality of the Threat or Use of Nuclear Weapons, 1994-1995.
Her formely held positions include, Senior Counsel, Environment and International Law Unit, Legal Department, the World Bank (1995-1999); Lecturer in European and International Law, Graduate Institute of International Studies (1992-1995); Assistant Professor, Department of Public Inter-national Law and International Organization, Faculty of Law, University of Geneva (1983-1990).
She is member of the Executive Council of the American Society of International Law, member of the Executive Council of the Société française pour le droit international, member of the International Law Association (working group on sustainable development), member of the Société française pour le droit de l’environnement and member of the Commission on Environmental Law (CEL) of International Union for the Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources (IUCN)
She is also member of the editorial and advisory boards of a number of legal journals, such as The European Journal of International Law, The Leiden Journal of International Law, The Yearbook of International Environmental Law, The Review of European Community and International Environmental Law, and the Georgetown International Environmental Law Review.
She is the author of a large number of publications dealing with issues of general international law, international organizations, international economic law and international environmental law and natural resources law.
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