Paolo Davide Farah

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Professor Paolo Davide Farah (PhD, PhD, LL.M, J.D.) works at West Virginia University (WV, USA) and teaches climate change, trade, energy and environmental law and policy.

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Research Interests

  • Energy Law,
  •  Oil & Gas
  • Environmental Law
  • Natural Resources Law
  • Climate Change Law
  • International Law
  • Trade Regulation and WTO Law
  • Intellectual Property
  • Human Rights and Social Justice
  • Water Law

Professor Paolo Davide Farah (PhD, PhD, LL.M, J.D.) works at West Virginia University (WV, USA) and teaches climate change, trade, energy and environmental law and policy.

Professor Farah is an expert in the interaction among trade, economic globalization and non trade concerns, such as sustainable development, energy, environment and human rights with a special focus on China and other Asian countries.

Professor Farah has previously taught international environmental and energy law, climate change, public international law, international economic law and WTO law, European Law, Comparative law & Chinese law, international business law, company law and in Liverpool, United Kingdom (2012-2014), at University of Milan, Bologne and Turin in Italy (2003-2011).

He is also Principal Investigator (Honorary Position) of gLAWcal – Global Law Initiatives for Sustainable Development (United Kingdom)  for the EU commission funded research projects POREEN and LIBEAC.

He acts as an Editor-in-Chief and Director of the Book Series “Transnational Law and Governance” for Routledge Publishing (UK); as Editor-in-Chief and Director of the Book Series of “Global Law and Sustainable Development” (in English) of Ashgate Publishing (UK) and a similar Book Series for Wolters Kluwer (CEDAM) for Books in Italian, French, German, Spanish, Portuguese and other non-English languages.

During the academic year 2011-2012, he was a Visiting Scholar at Harvard Law School, East Asian Legal Studies Program. Previously, he spent more than four years in Beijing coordinating EU Commission research projects in collaboration with Chinese Universities such as Tsinghua University Law School, Peking University, China-EU School of Law, Beijing Foreign Studies University, East China of University of Political Sciences and Law, Shanghai JiaoTong University. In the Fall 2004, Professor Farah was also a Fellow at the Institute of International Economic Law (IIEL), Georgetown University Law Center, Washington DC, USA.

He is the Scientific Director and Program Co-ordinator of the Summer School held at Peking University School of Government with two parallel curricula: “Summer Institute on Climate Change and Environmental Protection” (SICCEP) and “Summer Institute on Intellectual Property Rights and China” (IP-China). Paolo is a Consultant for the European Commission in Brussels (2007 – present) and TAIEX-Technical Assistance Information Exchange of the European Commission (EU law implementation in new member States such as Cyprus and Slovak Republic); International Consultant and Legal Advisor for a project by United Nations Development Program (UNDP) to assist and assess the accession of Belarus to the WTO (in particular the TRIPs agreement) and to verify whether the commitments taken by Belarus within the framework of the Customs Union of Belarus, Kazakhstan and the Russian Federation are in compliance with the future potential accession to the WTO. He had been Consultant (2007-2009) for the Italian Ministry of the Economic Development and Commerce and for the OECD (Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development). Paolo also worked at the Legal Affairs Division of the World Trade Organization in Geneva, and was an Associate Lawyer of Baker & McKenzie Law Firm, Milan Branch (2003-2005).

He is Regular Member of the:

1) International Law Association – ILA (American and Italian Branch),

 2) American Society of International Law (ASIL), 

3) European Society of International Law (ESIL), 

4) Association Study of Law, Culture, The Humanities (ASLCH), 

5) European China Law Studies Association (ECLS), 

6) Socio-Legal Studies Association (SLSA), 

7) Law and Society Association (LSA) , 

8) American Association of Geographers (AAG), 

9) College of Europe Alumni Association, 

10)  Collegio di Milano Alumni Association, 

Since 2014, Professor Farah has been an Appointed Member of the International Law Association – ILA American Branch Committee on International Trade Law; Appointed Member of the International Law Association – ILA Committee on Role of International Law in Sustainable Natural Resource Management for Development; Appointed Member of the International Law Association – ILA Committee on Sustainable Development and the Green Economy in International Trade Law; Appointed Member of the International Law Association – ILA Study Group on Preferential Trade Agreements.

Professor Farah is Guest Editor-in-Chief for the SSCI – Journal of World Energy Law and Business (Oxford University Press).

Professor Farah’ work has appeared or is forthcoming, among others, in such journals as the Journal of International Economic Law (Oxford University Press), Journal of World Energy Law and Business (Oxford University Press), Journal of World Trade (Kluwer Law International), Legal Issues of Economic Integration (Kluwer Law International), European Energy and Environmental Law Review (Kluwer Law International), Oregon Law Review, West Virginia Law Review, Georgetown International Environmental law Review, Brooklyn Journal of International Law.

Trade and Progress: The Case of China

Trade and Progress: The Case of China. Columbia Journal of Asian Law, Vol. 30, No. 1, 2016, pp. 51 - 112. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3020365

Editorial Note - Sustainable Energy Investments and National Security: Arbitration and Negotiation Issues

Sustainable Energy Investments and National Security: Arbitration and Negotiation Issues. Journal of World Energy Law and Business, Oxford University Press, Volume 8, Issue 6, December 2015.

The Shale Gas in China in the Light of the Energy Security and the Principles of Sustainable Development

Lo Shale Gas in Cina alla Luce della Sicurezza Energetica e dei Principi dello Sviluppo Sostenibile (The Shale Gas in China in the Light of the Energy Security and the Principles of Sustainable Development). Italianieuropei, 2/2015, March 2015, pp. 132-141.

WTO Dispute Settlement System, Renewable Energy Subsidies and the Feed-in Tariffs

Il Sistema OMC di Risoluzione delle Controversie, le Sovvenzioni alle Energie Rinnovabili e le Feed-In Tariff (WTO Dispute Settlement System, Renewable Energy Subsidies and the Feed-in Tariffs). Rivista Di Diritto Del Commercio Internazionale, 2/2015, pp. 381-408.

The Role of China and of the WTO for the Development of the Non-Trade Concerns to Regulate the World Trade in a More Just and Durable Way

Le rôle de la Chine et de l’OMC dans le développement des Considérations Autres que Commerciales pour régler le commerce mondial de façon plus juste et durable (The Role of China and of the WTO for the Development of the Non-Trade Concerns to Regulate the World Trade in a More Just and Durable Way) in Laurence Potvin-Solis, Market Economy, Rights and Freedoms, and Common Values in Europe and Asia, Publications of the Jean Monnet Chair of the University of Lorraine, Metz, France (2012).

Internationalization of the Market, Dumping and State Aids: The EU Position and the Trade Defense Measures for the Enterprises

Internazionalizzazione del mercato, dumping e aiuti di Stato: la posizione dell’UE e le misure di difesa commerciale per le imprese (Internationalization of the Market, Dumping and State Aids: The EU Position and the Trade Defense Measures for the Enterprises). Rapporto Veneto Internazionale, Centri Studi e Ricerche Economiche e Sociali, Vianello Libri, Venezia, 2012, pp. 205-220.

Regulation and Prospects of the Shale Gas Market in China in Light of International Trade, Energy Law, Production-Sharing Agreements, Environmental Protection and Sustainable Development: A Comparison with the US Experience

Regolazione e prospettive del mercato dello shale gas in Cina: tra diritto del commercio internazionale, diritto dell'energia, accordi di produzione, protezione ambientale e sviluppo sostenibile: un confronto con l’esperienza statunitense (Regulation and Prospects of the Shale Gas Market in China in Light of International Trade, Energy Law, Production-Sharing Agreements, Environmental Protection and Sustainable Development: A Comparison with the US Experience). Diritto Comunitario e degli Scambi Internazionali, 1-2/2015, pp. 29-83.

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.

The Antidumping Measures of the European Union in the Light of the EU Regulation 182/2011

Le Misure Antidumping Dell’Unione Europea Alla Luce Del Regolamento N. 182/2011 (The Antidumping Measures of the European Union in the Light of the EU Regulation 182/2011) . Journal of International Trade Law (Rivista di Diritto del Commercio Internazionale) 3/2013, ISSN: 1593-2605, Giuffre, pp. 865.

The Chinese Economic Competition and the WTO

The Chinese Economic Competition and the WTO (La Concorrenza Economica Di Pechino Si Combatte Con Le Armi Del WTO). Milano Finanza, Mondo & Mercati, August 2005,  p. 7.<br>

China and WTO: Chinese Cultural Traditions in the WTO Context

Farah, Paolo Davide, China and WTO: Chinese Cultural Traditions in the WTO Context (L'Adesione Della Cina All'Organizzazione Mondiale Del Commercio: Ovvero Come Conciliare Cultura E Diritto). Rivista Trimestrale Mondo Cinese, Vol. 124, pp. 34-42, August-September 2005.

The Influence of Confucianism on the Construction of the Chinese Political and Juridical System

Farah, Paolo Davide, The Influence of Confucianism on the Construction of the Chinese Political and Juridical System (L'influenza della concezione confuciana sulla costruzione del sistema giuridico e politico cinese) (2008). IDENTITA EUROPEA E POLITICHE MIGRATORIE, Giovanni Bombelli, Bruno Montanari, eds., pp. 193-226, Vita e Pensiero, 2008.

Dumping and Anti-Dumping (Preface)

Farah, Paolo Davide and Soprano, Roberto, Dumping and Anti-Dumping (Preface) (November 1, 2009). Paolo Farah and Roberto Soprano, DUMPING AND ANTI-DUMPING (Dumping e Anti-dumping), Il Sole 24 Ore, pp. XXIV-183, November 2009.

Foreword to Margeret Stout & Jeannine M. Love, A Radically Democratic Response to Global Governance. Dystopian Utopias

Farah, Paolo Davide, Foreword to Margeret Stout & Jeannine M. Love, A Radically Democratic Response to Global Governance. Dystopian Utopias (July 04, 2016). Transnational Law and Governance, gLAWcal Book Series, Routledge Publishing (New-York/London) ISBN 978-1-1386-5405-1, December 2016, pp. XIII-XV.. Available at SSRN: https://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=3003155

Foreword to Pasi Heikkurinen (edited), Sustainability and Peaceful Coexistence for the Anthropocene

Farah, Paolo Davide, Foreword to Pasi Heikkurinen (edited), Sustainability and Peaceful Coexistence for the Anthropocene (November 12, 2016). Transnational Law and Governance, gLAWcal Book Series, Routledge Publishing (New-York/London), ISBN 978-1-1386-3427-5, May 2017, pp. XIII-XVII.. Available at SSRN: https://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=3003114

WTO Law in the Canadian Legal Order

Claudio DORDI (edited), THE ABSENCE OF DIRECT EFFECT OF WTO IN THE EC AND IN OTHER COUNTRIES, The Interuniversity Centre on the Law of International Economic Organizations (CIDOIE), Giappicchelli Editore, Turin 2010, pp. 323-330. ISBN 978-88-348-9623-5

Product Safety in the Framework of the WTO Agreement on Technical Barriers to Trade

China’s Influence on Non-Trade Concerns in International Economic Law, Global Law and Sustainable Development Book Series, Routledge Publishing (New-York/London), ISBN 978-1-4094-4848-8, September 2016, pp. 436-448

The Principle of Common But Differentiated Responsibilities in the International Regime of Climate Change

China’s Influence on Non-Trade Concerns in International Economic Law, Global Law and Sustainable Development Book Series, Routledge Publishing (New-York/London), ISBN 978-1-4094-4848-8, September 2016, pp. 146-157

The Development of Global Justice and Sustainable Development Principles in the WTO Multilateral Trading System Through the Lens of Non-Trade Concerns: An Appraisal on China’s Progress

Paolo D. Farah, Elena Cima (Editors), China’s Influence on Non-Trade Concerns in International Economic Law, Global Law and Sustainable Development Book Series, Routledge Publishing (New-York/London), ISBN 978-1-4094-4848-8, September 2016, pp. 10–58

Introduction and Overview

China’s Influence on Non-Trade Concerns in International Economic Law, Global Law and Sustainable Development Book Series, Routledge Publishing (New-York/London), ISBN 978-1-4094-4848-8, September 2016, pp.1-9

Energy: Policy, Legal and Social-Economic Issues Under the Dimensions of Sustainability and Security

World Scientific Reference on Globalisation in Eurasia and the Pacific Rim, Imperial College Press (United Kingdom) & World Scientific Publishing, 2015

Energy Security, Water Resources and Economic Development in Central Asia

World Scientific Reference on Globalisation in Eurasia and the Pacific Rim, Imperial College Press (United Kingdom) & World Scientific Publishing, 2015

Global Energy Governance, International Environmental Law and Regional Dimension

ENERGY: POLICY, LEGAL AND SOCIAL-ECONOMIC ISSUES UNDER THE DIMENSIONS OF SUSTAINABILITY AND SECURITY, World Scientific Reference on Globalisation in Eurasia and the Pacific Rim, Imperial College Press (London, UK) & World Scientific Publishing, Nov. 2015.

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

Offshore natural gas resources in the eastern Mediterranean in relation to the European Union: a legal perspective through the lenses of MedReg

Journal of World Energy Law and Business, Oxford University Press, Volume 8, Issue 6, December 2015

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

Desirability of commodification of intangible cultural heritage: The unsatisfying role of intellectual property rights

Transnational Dispute Management, Special Issue, Volume 11, Issue 2, March 2014

A Comparison between Shale Gas in China and Unconventional Fuel Development in the United States: Health, Water and Environmental Risks

A comparison between Shale Gas in China and Unconventional Fuel Development in the United States: Health, Water and Environmental Risks. Brooklyn Journal of International Law, Vol. 41, No. 2, 2016, pp. 579-655.

Five Years of China WTO Membership: EU and US Perspectives About China's Compliance With Transparency Commitments and the Transitional Review Mechanism

Five Years of China WTO Membership: EU and US Perspectives about China's compliance with Transparency Commitments and the Transitional Review Mechanism. Legal Issues of Economic Integration, Kluwer Law International, Vol. 33, No. 3, August 2006, pp. 263-304.

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.