- Public international law
- Environmental law and policy (international, European and comparative perspectives)
- International investment law and arbitration
- Human rights law and policy
- Climate and energy law
CV / Biography
Professor Jorge E. Viñuales holds the Harold Samuel Chair of Law and Environmental Policy at the University of Cambridge and is the Director of the Cambridge Centre for Environment, Energy and Natural Resource Governance (C-EENRG). He is also Of Counsel with Lalive and the Director-General of the Latin American Society of International Law. 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.
Professor Viñuales 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), Foreign Investment and the Environment in International Law (Cambridge University Press, 2012), and Diplomatic and Judicial Means of Dispute Settlement (Martinus Nijhoff, 2012, co-edited with L. Boisson de Chazournes and M. G. Kohen).
He has also wide experience as a practitioner, both in an advisory and a litigation context. He has served as arbitrator, counsel, expert and, earlier in his career, as secretary of arbitration tribunals, and he is also a member of the compliance committee of the UNECE Protocol on Water and Health. He regularly advises companies, governments, international organisations or major NGOs on different matters of environmental law, investment law, human rights, maritime delimitation and public international law at large.
Professor Viñuales 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.