Laurence Boisson de ChazournessLaurence Boisson de Chazourness

Laurence Boisson de Chazournes has gained a wide-ranging reputation in academic circles for her contribution to international law, in such fields as the law of international organisations, international economic law and international environmental law, while at the same time being recognized for her practical work as Senior Counsel to the World Bank and as advisor to many international organizations. She has been professor at the Law Faculty of the University of Geneva since 1999, and the Head of the Department of public international law and international organization between 1999 and 2009. She has been and is a visiting professor at the University of Aix-Marseille III, the University of Paris I (Sorbonne), the University of Paris II (Panthéon-Assas) and the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies. She has been invited as guest lecturer in numerous universities in Europe, North America, Latin America, Africa and Asia.

In the field of dispute settlement Laurence Boisson de Chazournes has served as chairperson of WTO arbitration panels on pre-shipment inspections and as an arbitrator for International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID) and for other arbitration fora. She has acted as Counsel before the International Court of Justice (ICJ) and other dispute settlement fora. She is a member of the Permanent Court of Arbitration, a member of the WTO indicative list of governmental and non-governmental panellists, an arbitrator of the Court of Arbitration for Sport and a Member of the list of Arbitrators of the French National Committee (ICC).

Laurence Boisson de Chazournes is a member of many editorial and advisory boards, including those of the American Journal of International Law, the International Organizations Law Review and the Law and Practice of International Courts and Tribunals. She is President of the European Society of International Law (ESIL), a co-chair for the 2013 Annual Meeting of the American Society of International Law and is a member of other scientific associations. She directs research projects funded by Swiss, French and international agencies. She has authored and edited 20 books and has written over a hundred articles.

She holds a PhD in international law from the Graduate Institute (summa cum laude), the Bar exam (France), a JD and a master degree 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).

Key works:

  • Diplomatic and Judicial Means of Dispute Settlement: Assessing Their Interaction (L. Boisson de Chazournes, M. Kohen et J. Vinuales (dir.)), Brill, à paraître.
  • 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.
  • International Organizations and International Dispute Settlement: Trends and Prospects (with C. Romano and R. Mackenzie (eds.)), New York, Ardsley, Transnational Publishers, Inc., 2002, 283 p.
  • International Law, The International Court of Justice and Nuclear Weapons (with P. Sands (eds.)), Cambridge, Cambridge University Press, 2000, 592 p.
  • “Fundamental Rights and International Arbitration : Arbitral Awards and Constitutional Law”, in A. Jan Van Den Berg (ed.), Arbitration Advocacy in Changing Times, ICCA Congress Series n°15, Wolters Kluwer, 2011, pp. 309-324.
  • “The Principle of Compétence de la Compétence in International Adjudication and its Role in an Era of Multiplication of Courts and Tribunals”, in M. Arsanjani, J. Cogan & S. Weissner (eds.), Looking to the Future: Essays in Honor of W. Michael Reisman, Martinus Nijhoff, 2010, pp. 1027-1064.
  • “La procédure consultative de la Cour internationale de justice et la promotion de la règle de droit : remarques sur les conditions d’accès et de participation”, in Völkerrecht als Wertordnung – Common Values in International Law, Essays in Honour of Christian Tomuschat (P.-M. Dupuy, B. Fassbender, M. N. Shaw, K.-P. Sommermann (eds.)), Engel Verlag, Kehl, 2006, pp. 479-493.
  • “Arbitration at the WTO: A Terra Incognita to be Further Explored”, in Law in the Service of Human Dignity, (S. Charnovitz, D. P. Steger and P. Van den Bossche (eds.)), Cambridge, Cambridge University Press, 2005, pp. 181-201.


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