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jev32@cam.ac.uk
Harold Samuel Professor of Law and Environmental Policy
Founder and former Director of the Cambridge Centre for Environment, Energy and Natural Resource Governance (C-EENRG)

Interests

  • Public international law
  • International dispute settlement (inter-State, investment and commercial disputes)
  • Environmental law and policy (international, European and comparative perspectives)
  • International investment law
  • Climate, energy and natural resources law
  • Human rights law and policy

CV / Biography

Professor Jorge E. Viñuales holds the Harold Samuel Chair of Law and Environmental Policy at the University of Cambridge and is the founder and former Director of the Cambridge Centre for Environment, Energy and Natural Resource Governance (C-EENRG). He is also a Member (Associé) of the Institut de Droit International, the Chairman of the Compliance Committee of the UN-ECE/WHO-Europe Protocol on Water and Health, the co-General Editor of the ICSID Reports (CUP), the General-Editor of the Cambridge Studies on Environment, Energy and Natural Resources Governance (CUP), a member of the Panel of Arbitrators of the Shanghai International Arbitration Centre 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. At Cambridge, he has served as head of research, director of the PhD programme, director of three MPhil programmes, and centre director.

Jorge has lectured widely around the world, including in Azerbaijan (Diplomatic Academy), Brazil (USP and PUC), Burundi (UNESCO Chair), China (PKU, Nanjing, Wuhan), France (College de France, EHESS, Pantheon-Assas, Sciences Po, Sorbonne), Georgia (Tbilisi), Greece (Thessaloniki), Italy (EUI, UC Milano, La Sapienza, Siena), Iran (TeIAS), Hungary (ELTE), Mexico (UAM), Norway (Oslo, ILPI), Rwanda (Kigali IAM), Spain (UAM, Rovira i Virgili), the UK (Edinburgh and Oxford), and the US (Harvard), and he regularly lectures in the UN Regional Courses (Addis Ababa, Montevideo, Santiago), the UN International Fellowship (The Hague), and the OAS courses (Rio de Janeiro).

He has published widely in his specialty areas, most recently his books Cassese's International Law (Oxford University Press, 2020, with P. Gaeta and S. Zappala), The UN Friendly Relations Declaration at 50: An Assessment of the Fundamental Principles of International Law (Cambridge University Press, 2020, editor), ICSID Reports, vol. 18: Defence Arguments in Investment Arbitration (co-ed with M. Waibel), The Oxford Handbook of Comparative Environmental Law (Oxford University Press, 2019, co-ed. with E. Lees), Experiments in International Adjudication: Historical Accounts (Cambridge University Press, 2019, co-ed. with I. de la Rasilla), The Rio Declaration on Environment and Development. A Commentary (Oxford University Press, 2015), International Environmental Law (Cambridge University Press, 2015, second edition 2018, 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, reprint 2015), Environmental and Energy Law: International, European and Comparative Dimensions (Edward Elgar, 3 volumes, 2017, co-edited with E. Lees) and Diplomatic and Judicial Means of Dispute Settlement (Martinus Nijhoff, 2012, co-edited with L. Boisson de Chazournes and M. G. Kohen).

His ongoing work includes two book-length studies respectively on The International Law of Energy (on contract with Cambridge University Press, forthcoming in 2020) and on The Architecture of Environmental Law: A Comparative Analysis (on contract with Oxford University Press, forthcoming in 2020), a monographic course on Aggravated State Responsibility for the Hague Academy of International Law, and a series of interdisciplinary papers on complexity economics, integrated modelling and sustainability policy in co-authorship with colleagues from C-EENRG and elsewhere. The latter work has been published over time in journals such as Nature Climate Change, Global Environmental Change, Renewable & Sustainable Energy Reviews, Energy Policy or Climate Policy.  

Jorge has wide experience as a practitioner, both in an advisory and a litigation context. He was associate, counsel, and of counsel with two major law firms specialised in international law for a decade. In addition to his work for the UNECE/WHO, he has served as arbitrator, counsel, co-counsel, expert and, earlier in his career, as secretary of arbitration tribunals in inter-State, investment and commercial disputes. He regularly advises governments, companies, international organisations or major NGOs on different matters of environmental law and policy, investment law, human rights, maritime delimitation and public international law at large.

A dual Swiss/Argentine national, Jorge 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.

Publications

 

Books

Cassese's International Law (with P. Gaeta, S. Zappala) (Oxford University Press, 2020) 3rd Edition

Co-Author/s:
P. Gaeta, S. Zappala
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
ISBN:
9780199231287
Published Sep 2020

The Friendly Relations Declaration at 50: An Assessment of the Fundamental Principles of International Law (ed) (Cambridge University Press, 2020)

ICSID Reports - Vol 18: Defence Arguments in Investment Arbitration (ed) (Cambridge University Press, 2020)

Co-editor(s):
M. Waibel
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Published Sep 2020

Experiments in International Adjudication: Historical Accounts (with I de la Rasilla) (eds) (Cambridge University Press, 2019)

Co-Author/s:
I de la Rasilla
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Published May 2019

The Oxford Handbook of Comparative Environmental Law (with E Lees) (eds) (Oxford University Press, 2019)

Co-Author/s:
E Lees
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
Published Mar 2019

The Organisation of the Anthropocene: In Our Hands? (Brill Research Perspectives, 2018)

Publisher:
Brill Research Perspectives
Published May 2018

International Environmental Law (with Pierre-Marie Dupuy) (Cambridge University Press, 2018) 2nd Edition

Co-Author/s:
Pierre-Marie Dupuy
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
ISBN 13:
9781107673342
Published Apr 2018

Environmental and Energy Law: International, European, and Comparative Dimensions (with E. Lees) (eds) (Edward Elgar, 2017)

Co-Author/s:
E. Lees
Publisher:
Edward Elgar
ISBN:
9781785366222
Published Oct 2017

A Human Rights Approach to Extraterritorial Environmental Protection? An Assessment (in The Frontiers of Human Rights, Oxford University Press [monographic course at the EUI Academy], 2016)

Co-editor(s):
N. Bhuta
Publisher:
in The Frontiers of Human Rights, Oxford University Press [monographic course at the EUI Academy]
Published Feb 2016

International Environmental Law (with P.-M. Dupuy) (Cambridge University Press, 2015)

Co-Author/s:
P.-M. Dupuy
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Published Aug 2015

Introduction au droit international de l’environnement (with P.-M. Dupuy) (Bruxelles: Bruylant, 2015)

Co-Author/s:
P.-M. Dupuy
Publisher:
Bruxelles: Bruylant
Published Aug 2015

The Rio Declaration on Environment and Development. A Commentary (ed) (Oxford University Press, 2015)

Publisher:
Oxford University Press
ISBN 13:
9780199686773
Published Mar 2015

The Foundations of International Investment Law: Bringing Theory into Practice (with Professor Joost Pauwelyn and Professor Zachary Douglas) (eds) (Oxford University Press, 2014)

Co-Author/s:
Professor Joost Pauwelyn and Professor Zachary Douglas
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
ISBN:
019968538X
ISBN 13:
978-0199685387
Published May 2014

Unité et diversité du droit international/Unity and Diversity of International Law (with D. Alland, V. Chetail, O. de Frouville) (eds) (Martinus Nijhoff, 2014)

Co-Author/s:
D. Alland, V. Chetail, O. de Frouville
Publisher:
Martinus Nijhoff
ISBN 13:
9789004262386
Published Mar 2014

Harnessing Foreign Investment to Promote Environmental Protection: Incentives and Safeguards (with Pierre-Marie Dupuy) (Cambridge University Press, 2013)

Co-Author/s:
Pierre-Marie Dupuy
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
ISBN 13:
9781107331136
Published Apr 2013

Foreign Investment and the Environment in International Law (Cambridge University Press, 2012)

Diplomatic and Judicial Means of Dispute Settlement (with M. G. Kohen and L. Boisson de Chazournes) (Martinus Nijhoff, 2012)

Co-Author/s:
M. G. Kohen and L. Boisson de Chazournes
Publisher:
Martinus Nijhoff
ISBN 13:
9789004209978
Published Mar 2012

El régimen jurídico internacional relativo al cambio climático: Perspectivas y prospectivas (Organisation of American States/Inter-American Juridical Committee, Universalism and Regionalism at the Beginning of the 21st Century, vol. XXXVI [monographic course], 2010)

Publisher:
Organisation of American States/Inter-American Juridical Committee, Universalism and Regionalism at the Beginning of the 21st Century, vol. XXXVI [monographic course]
Published Aug 2010

Articles

"'Le project de Pacte mondial de l’environnement de 2017’" (2020) 44 Revue Juridique de l’Environnement 279-307.

Co-Author/s:
Y Aguila
Citation:
(2020) 44 Revue Juridique de l’Environnement 279-307.
Published: Apr 2020

"'Two layers of self-regulation' (2020) 11 Transnational Legal Theory 16"

"Today as Yesterday? Unilateral Coercive Measures and Human Dignity" (2019) 18 Chinese Journal of International Law 437

Co-Author/s:
G. Le Moli
Citation:
(2019) 18 Chinese Journal of International Law 437
DOI:
10.1093/chinesejil/jmz019
Published: Sep 2019

"A Global Pact for the Environment: Conceptual Foundations" (2019) 28/1 RECIEL 1

Co-Author/s:
Y. Aguila
Citation:
(2019) 28/1 RECIEL 1
DOI:
10.1111/reel.12277
Published: Feb 2019

"'The Protocol on Water and Health as a Strategy for Global Water Governance Integration'" (2019) 68 International and Comparative Law Quarterly 175-192

Citation:
(2019) 68 International and Comparative Law Quarterly 175-192
Published: Jan 2019

"'Too many butterflies? The micro-drivers of the international investment law system’" (2018) 9 Journal of International Dispute Settlement 628-653

Citation:
(2018) 9 Journal of International Dispute Settlement 628-653
Published: Sep 2018

"‘Macroeconomic impact of stranded fossil-fuel assets’" (2018) 8 Nature Climate Change 588

Co-Author/s:
JF Mercure et al
Citation:
(2018) 8 Nature Climate Change 588
Published: Jun 2018

"‘Climate-Carbon Cycle Uncertainties and the Paris Agreement’" (2018) 8 Nature Climate Change 609

Co-Author/s:
PB Holden et al
Citation:
(2018) 8 Nature Climate Change 609
Published: Jun 2018

"'Environmental impact assessment for climate change policy with the simulation-based integrated assessment model E3ME-FTT-GENIE1’ " (2018) 20 Energy Strategy Reviews 195

Co-Author/s:
JF Mercure et al
Citation:
(2018) 20 Energy Strategy Reviews 195
Published: Mar 2018

"'The Paris Agreement on Climate Change: Less is More’ " (2017) 59 German Yearbook of International Law 11

Citation:
(2017) 59 German Yearbook of International Law 11
Published: Sep 2017

"'La Protección Ambiental en el Derecho Consuetudinario Internacional’ " (2017) 69/2 Revista Española de Derecho Internacional 71

Citation:
(2017) 69/2 Revista Española de Derecho Internacional 71
Published: Jun 2017

"'Investor diligence in investment arbitration: Sources and arguments’ " (2017) 32 ICSID Review-Foreign Investment Law Journal 346

Citation:
(2017) 32 ICSID Review-Foreign Investment Law Journal 346
Published: Apr 2017

"'Intellectual Property Rights as Protected Investments: How Open are the Gates?’ " (2016) 19 Journal of International Economic Law 91

Co-Author/s:
C. Correa
Citation:
(2016) 19 Journal of International Economic Law 91
Published: Oct 2016

"'Modelling complex systems of heterogeneous agents to better design sustainability transitions policy’" (2016) 37 Global Environmental Change 102

Co-Author/s:
JF Mercure et al
Citation:
(2016) 37 Global Environmental Change 102
Published: Jun 2016

"'Rétroactivité et non-rétroactivité en droit international: Essai de clarification conceptuelle a partir de l’expérience du Tribunal de Nuremberg’" (2013/2014) 59 Annuaire français de droit international 327

Co-Author/s:
V Pratt
Citation:
(2013/2014) 59 Annuaire français de droit international 327
Published: Mar 2016

"'Customary Law in Investment Regulation’ " (2014) 23 Italian Yearbook of International Law 23.

Citation:
(2014) 23 Italian Yearbook of International Law 23.
Published: Jul 2014

"'The Rise and Fall of Sustainable Development’ " (2013) 22 RECIEL 3.

Citation:
(2013) 22 RECIEL 3.
Published: Jun 2013

"'L’immunité d’exécution dans l’affaire de l’Ara Libertad devant le TIDM’ " (2013) 140 Journal du droit international (Clunet) 13-

Co-Author/s:
S. El-Sawah
Citation:
(2013) 140 Journal du droit international (Clunet) 13-
Published: Jun 2013

"'Cartographies imaginaires: Observations sur la portée juridique du concept de « régime spécial » en droit international’ " (2013) 140 Journal du droit international (Clunet) 405

Citation:
(2013) 140 Journal du droit international (Clunet) 405
Published: May 2013

"'La distribución del riesgo regulatorio ambiental en el derecho de las inversiones internacionales’" (2012) 12 Anuario Mexicano de Derecho Internacional 169 (with F. Perez Aznar).

Co-Author/s:
F. Perez Aznar
Citation:
(2012) 12 Anuario Mexicano de Derecho Internacional 169 (with F. Perez Aznar).
Published: Aug 2012

"'The Secret of Tomorrow: International Organisation through the Eyes of Michel Virally’" (2012) 23 European Journal of International Law 543

Citation:
(2012) 23 European Journal of International Law 543
Published: Jul 2012

"'The “Resource Curse” – A Legal Perspective’ " (2011) 17 Global Governance 197.

Citation:
(2011) 17 Global Governance 197.
Published: Aug 2011

"‘Balancing Effectiveness and Fairness in the Redesign of the Climate Change Regime’ " (2011) 24 Leiden Journal of International Law 223.

Citation:
(2011) 24 Leiden Journal of International Law 223.
Published: Jul 2011

"'Du bon usage du droit international: Les négociations climatiques en perspective’ " (2010) 56 Annuaire français de droit international 437.

Citation:
(2010) 56 Annuaire français de droit international 437.
Published: Sep 2010

"'Legal Techniques for Dealing with Scientific Uncertainty in Environmental Law’ " (2010) 43 Vanderbilt Journal of Transnational Law 437.

Citation:
(2010) 43 Vanderbilt Journal of Transnational Law 437.
Published: Aug 2010

"'Iced Freshwater Resources: A Legal Exploration’ " (2009) 20 Yearbook of International Environmental Law 188

Citation:
(2009) 20 Yearbook of International Environmental Law 188
Published: Nov 2009

"'Michel Virally ou penser le phénomène juridique’ " (2009) 55 Annuaire français de droit international 1.

Citation:
(2009) 55 Annuaire français de droit international 1.
Published: Sep 2009

"'Access to Water in Foreign Investment Disputes’ " (2009) 21 Georgetown International Environmental Law Review 733.

Citation:
(2009) 21 Georgetown International Environmental Law Review 733.
Published: Aug 2009

"'Foreign Investment and the Environment in International Law: An Ambiguous Relationship’ " (2009) 80 British Yearbook of International Law 244.

Citation:
(2009) 80 British Yearbook of International Law 244.
Published: Jul 2009

"'The Contribution of the International Court of Justice to the Development of International Environmental Law’ " (2008) 32 Fordham International Law Journal 232.

Citation:
(2008) 32 Fordham International Law Journal 232.
Published: Aug 2008

"'L'amicus curiae dans l'arbitrage d'investissement’ " (2007) 22 ICSID Review-Foreign Investment Law Journal 380

Co-Author/s:
F Grisel
Citation:
(2007) 22 ICSID Review-Foreign Investment Law Journal 380
Published: Aug 2007

Book Chapters

"'The Fundamental Principles of International Law - An Enduring Ideal?'" in J. E. Vinuales (ed(s)), The UN Friendly Relations Declaration at 50: An Assessment of the Fundamental Principles of International Law (Cambridge University Press, 2020), pp. 1-11

"Defence Arguments in Investment Arbitration" in J. E. Vinuales and M. Waibel (ed(s)), ICSID Reports - Vol 18: Defence Arguments in Investment Arbitration (Cambridge University Press, 2020), pp. 13-108

Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Pages:
13-108
Published Jan 2020

"'Experiments in International Adjudication: Past and Present'" in J. E. Vinuales and I. de la Rasilla (ed(s)), Experiments in International Adjudication: Historical Accounts (Cambridge University Press, 2019), pp. 11-31

Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Pages:
11-31
Published Jun 2019

"'Comparative Environmental Law: Structuring a Field'" in E Lees and J E Vinuales (ed(s)), The Oxford Handbook of Comparative Environmental Law (Oxford University Press, 2019), pp. 4-34

"‘La distribution de la charge de protéger l’environnement: Expressions juridiques de la solidarité’" in A. Supiot (ed(s)), Face à l’irresponsabilité: La dynamique de la solidarité (Conferences du College de France) (College de France, 2018), pp. 19-36

Publisher:
College de France
Pages:
19-36
Published Jun 2018

"‘Sources of International Investment Law: Conceptual Foundations of Unruly Practices’" in S. Besson and J. d'Aspremont (ed(s)), The Oxford Handbook of the Sources of International Law (Oxford University Press, 2017), pp. 1069-1094

"'The Rio Declaration on Environment and Development. Preliminary Study-" in J. E. Vinuales (ed(s)), The Rio Declaration on Environment and Development. A Commentary (Oxford University Press, 2015), pp. 1-64

"‘On Legal Inquiry’" in D. Alland, V. Chetail, O. de Frouville and J. E. Vinuales (ed(s)), Unity and Diversity of International Law. Essays in Honour of Professor Pierre-Marie Dupuy (Martinus Nijhoff, 2014), pp. 45-75

Publisher:
Martinus Nijhoff
Pages:
45-75
Published Jun 2014

"‘Recherches sur le fondement de la légitimité judiciaire’" in V. Chetail and P.-M. Dupuy (ed(s)), Les fondements du droit international. Mélanges en l’honneur du Prof. Peter Haggenmacher (Martinus Nijhoff, 2014), pp. 531-597

Publisher:
Martinus Nijhoff
Pages:
531-597
Published Jun 2014

"‘Sovereignty in Foreign Investment Law’" in Z. Douglas, J. E. Vinuales and J. Pauwelyn (ed(s)), The Foundations of International Investment Law (Oxford University Press, 2014), pp. 317-362

"'The Challenge of Proliferation: An Anatomy of the Debate’" (with P-M Dupuy) in C. Romano, K. Alter, Y. Shany (ed(s)), The Oxford Handbook of International Adjudication (Oxford University Press, 2013), pp. 135-157

Publisher:
Oxford University Press
Pages:
135-157
Published Dec 2013

"'The Environmental Regulation of Foreign Investment Schemes under International Law’" in P.-M. Dupuy and J. E. Vinuales (ed(s)), Harnessing Foreign Investment to Promote Environmental Protection: Incentives and Safeguards (Cambridge University Press, 2013), pp. 273-320

"‘Managing Abidance by Standards for the Protection of the Environment’" in A. Cassese (ed(s)), Realizing Utopia. The Future of International Law (Oxford University Press, 2012), pp. 326-339

Publisher:
Oxford University Press
Pages:
326-339
Published Mar 2012

Reports

The Nexus between Global Environmental Change and Human Security

Body / Institution:
UN Environment
Published: Jan 2020

A Global Pact for the Environment: Legal Foundations

Co-Author/s:
Yann Aguila
Reference Number:
Report 01-2019
Body / Institution:
C-EENRG Report
Published: Feb 2019

International Investment Agreements and Sustainable Development (Geneva: PAGE, 2018)

The Application of Environmental Law to Nuclear Weapons Production, Deployment and Use

Co-Author/s:
Ginevra Le Moli
Body / Institution:
Chatham House Briefing Paper
Published: Apr 2018

Green Industrial Policy and Trade (Geneva: PAGE)

Body / Institution:
PAGE (Partnership for Action on Green Economies)
Published: Nov 2017

Green Economy and Trade - Training Manual (Geneva: PAGE)

Body / Institution:
PAGE (Partnership for Action on Green Economies)
Published: Sep 2016