Jorge E. Vinuales

Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies


Received Sylff fellowship in 2003-2004.
Jorge works on questions related to the legal aspects of global governance, particularly as they relate to sustainability transitions. Over the years, he has founded a number of organisations active in the field of global governance, including the Latin-American Society of International Law, the Centre for International Environmental Studies (The Graduate Institute, Geneva) and, most recently, the Cambridge Centre for Environment, Energy and Natural Resource Governance (C-EENRG).
Current affiliation: Harold Samuel Professor of Law and Environmental Policy, University of Cambridge
Resource Governance (C-EENRG). He is also the Chairman of the Compliance Committee of the UN-ECE/WHO-Europe Protocol on Water and Health, the Director-General of the Latin American Society of International Law, and an Of Counsel with Lalive. Prior to joining Cambridge, he was the Pictet Chair of International Environmental Law at the Graduate Institute, Geneva, where he keeps a limited affiliation as Adjunct Professor of Public International Law.
He has published widely in his specialty areas, most recently his books The Rio Declaration on Environment and Development. A Commentary (Oxford University Press, 2015), International Environmental Law (Cambridge University Press, 2015, with P.-M. Dupuy), The Foundations of International Investment Law (Oxford University Press, 2014, co-edited with Z. Douglas and J. Pauwelyn).
Jorge has wide experience as a practitioner, both in an advisory and a litigation context. In addition to his work for the UN-ECE, he has served as arbitrator, counsel, expert and, earlier in his career, as secretary of arbitration tribunals in inter-State, investment and commercial disputes.
He was educated in France (Doctorat - Sciences Po, Paris), the United States (LL.M. - Harvard Law School), Switzerland (Licence and Diplôme d’études approfondies in international relations - HEI; liz jur – Universität Freiburg; Licence and Diplôme d’études approfondies in political science – Université de Genève), and Argentina (Abogado – UNICEN). His native language is Spanish and he is fluent in English, French and Italian.

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