Elena Cima

Research Associate

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Research Interests

  • International Trade Law
  • Intellectual property Law
  • Environmental and Energy Law
  • East Asian Law

Since March 2013, Ms. Elena CIMA has been Research Associate at gLAWcal – Global Law Initiatives for Sustainable Development. She is PhD Candidate in International Law at The Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies – IHEID, Geneva (Switzerland), she obtained her LL.M. (2014) at Yale Law School (USA) and beneficiary of a prestigious grant award of the Bank of Italy. She was also Marie Curie Fellow at Tsinghua University, School of Law (China), and member of the research team for the project “EPSEI”, funded by the European Commission and coordinated by Prof. Paolo D. Farah. She had been living and working in Beijing as a researcher for several other projects for two years. Previously, she worked for six months at the Fair Trade Advocacy Office (FTAO) in Brussels (Belgium) and spent one academic year (2009-2010) as Visiting Scholar at Harvard Law School, Department of East Asian Legal Studies (USA). She has graduated with honors in 2010 obtaining her combined J.D./LL.M. from the University of Milan, School of Law (Italy). She published in prestigious peer-review academic journals. Her main research areas of interest are International Trade law, Intellectual Property law, Environmental and Energy law, and East Asian law.

Italian native speaker, she is fluent in English and French.

The Energy in the Context of the WTO Agreements: Subsidies for the Renewable Energy and the OPEC Practice of Control of the Price

L'energia nel contesto degli accordi dell'OMC: Sovvenzioni per le energie rinnovabili e pratiche OPEC di controllo dei prezzi (The Energy in the Context of the WTO Agreements: Subsidies for the Renewable Energy and the OPEC Practice of Control of the Price). Journal of International Trade Law (Rivista di Diritto del Commercio Internazionale), 2/2013, pp. 343-381.

WTO and Renewable Energy: Lessons from the Case Law

49 JOURNAL OF WORLD TRADE 6, Kluwer Law International, ISSN: 1011-6702, December 2015, pp. 1103 – 1116

China’s Participation in the World Trade Organization: Trade in Goods, Services, Intellectual Property Rights and Transparency Issues

EL COMERCIO CON CHINA: OPORTUNIDADES EMPRESARIALES, INCERTIDUMBRES JURIDICAS, pp. 83-121, Aurelio Lopez-Tarruella Martinez, ed., Editorial Tirant le Blanch, Valencia (Spain), 2010

Energy Trade and the WTO: Implications for Renewable Energy and the OPEC Cartel

Energy Trade and the WTO: Implications for Renewable Energy and the OPEC Cartel. Journal of International Economic Law (JIEL), Georgetown University Law Center, Oxford University Press, Volume 16 (3), September 2013, ISSN 1369-3034, pp. 707-740.

The Implementation of the WTO Agreement on Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights

The implementation of the WTO Agreement on Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPs) in China. Tsinghua China Law Review, Vol. 2, Spring, 2010 , pp. 317-351.