Cima Elena

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Elena Cima is currently Research and Teaching Felow at ISE-GEDT. She holds a PhD in international law from the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, a Bachelor of Laws LL.B from the University of Milan, and an LL.M degree from Yale Law School.


Her research currently focuses on international trade and investment disputes with an environmental component, on international disputes involving energy and, more broadly on the international legal framework applicable to energy sources, products, and activities.


Public international law, international economic law, environmental law, energy and natural resources law, law and economics, law of international organizations



Her PhD thesis analyses the way in which international law deals with the trade and environment nexus. It does so exploring how the relationship between international trade and environmental norms has evolved over time, from their origin up to the most recent developments in terms of treaty negotiations, dispute settlement, and soft law instruments, both at the international and regional level. Through this analysis, it further explores the reasons underlying such evolution as well as its relevance and impact.


  • 14E198 FND Droit international de l'environnement
  • 14E243 Energy in International Law






Dre. Elena Cima

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