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Laurence Boisson de Chazournes is a Professor of international law at the University of Geneva School of Law and the Director of the LL.M. in International Dispute Settlement (MIDS) as well as Co-director of the Geneva Center for International Dispute Settlement (CIDS). Her writings and practice cover various fields such as international economic law, international dispute settlement, international environmental law, the law of international organizations and boundaries and law of the sea. She is a recognized practitioner for her role as an advisor to many international organisations, states, and non-state entities both public and private, as well as an arbitrator and counsel in various dispute settlement fora.

  • Experience

    Laurence Boisson de Chazournes advises and litigates on a wide range of international law issues. She has served as chairperson of World Trade Organization (WTO) arbitration panels on pre-shipment inspections, as an arbitrator for the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID) and other arbitration fora such as the Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA) and the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS).  She has also acted as Advocate and Counsel before the International Court of Justice (ICJ), the International Tribunal of the Law of the Sea (ITLOS) and in other fora. She is a member of the PCA, the WTO indicative list of governmental and non-governmental panelists, the list of Conciliators of the ICSID, the list of Arbitrators under Annex VII of the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea, the list of Arbitrators of the French National Committee, International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), the general list of Arbitrators of the Court of Arbitration for Sport, and the Panel of Experts for the Trade and Sustainable Development Chapter of the EU-Korea Free Trade Agreement. She has been a member of the United Nations Human Rights Council Advisory Committee between 2011 and 2017. Between 1995 and 1999 she was Senior Counsel to the World Bank.

  • Education and Teaching Activities

    Laurence Boisson de Chazournes has been a Professor of international law at the University of Geneva School of Law since 1999, and is Director of the LL.M. in International Dispute Settlement (MIDS). She is also a visiting professor at the Aix Marseille University. Professor Boisson de Chazournes has been invited as a guest professor at numerous universities in Europe, North America, Latin America, Africa and Asia.

    Laurence Boisson de Chazournes holds a PhD in International Law from the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva, a JD in Private Law from the University of Lyon III, a BA in Sociology from the University of Lyon II and a Diploma in Political Science from the Institute of Political Sciences (Lyon). She took the French national bar exam in 1980.

  • Scholarship

    Laurence Boisson de Chazournes is an author and editor of 28 books (inter alia: Interactions between Regional and Universal Organizations. A Legal Perspective, Brill 2016, 384 p.; Fresh Water in International Law, Oxford University Press, 2013, 288 p.; Diplomatic and Judicial Means of Dispute Settlement (with M. Kohen et J. Vinuales (eds.)), Brill, 2012, 356 p.; Les relations entre organisations régionales et organisations universelles, Recueil des Cours de l’Académie de droit international de La Haye, tome 347, Martinus Nijhoff, 2010, pp. 79-406.) and over 245 articles published in various international law journals.

    For more information on Professor Laurence Boisson de Chazournes publications, please visit: http://www.unige.ch/droit/collaborateur/professeurs/boisson-de-chazournes-laurence/publications.html