Professor Paolo Davide Farah (PhD, PhD, LL.M, J.D.) is Founder, President and Director of gLAWcal – Global Law Initiatives for Sustainable Development (United Kingdom) and he works at West Virginia University (WV, USA) and teaches climate change, trade, energy and environmental law and policy.
Professor Paolo Davide Farah (PhD, PhD, LL.M, J.D.) is Founder, President and Director of gLAWcal – Global Law Initiatives for Sustainable Development (United Kingdom).
Professor Farah teaches climate change, trade, energy, and environmental law and policy at West Virginia University (WVU), John D. Rockefeller IV School of Policy and Politics, Department of Public Administration and College of Law, WV, USA. Member of the West Virginia University, Energy Institute. Member of the West Virginia University, Center for Innovation in Gas Research and Utilization (CIGRU). Member of West Virginia University, Institute of Water Science and Security (IWSS).
He is also Senior Research Fellow at the Institute of International Economic Law (IIEL), Georgetown University Law Center, Washington DC, USA.
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 of gLAWcal – Global Law Initiatives for Sustainable Development (United Kingdom) for the EU commission funded research projects EPSEI, POREEN and LIBEAC.
He acts as an Editor-in-Chief of the Book Series “Transnational Law and Governance”, of the Book Series “Global Law and Sustainable Development” both published by Routledge (UK) and Editor-in-Chief of the Book Series on Studies on Globalization for Wolters Kluwer) which can publish Books in Italian, French, German, Spanish, Portuguese and other 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, Shanghai JiaoTong University. He is Visiting Professor in different Chinese Universities. He was individually awarded of the Science & Technology Fellowship (STF) Program in China funded by the European Union and the European Commission Delegation to China and Mongolia. He was also EU Commission Marie Curie Fellow at Tsinghua University School of Law, THCEREL – Center for Environmental, Natural Resources & Energy Law in Beijing (China) and at the Department of Philosophy, at the CRAES – Chinese Research Academy on Environmental Sciences in Beijing (China), at Peking University School of Government and at Beijing Normal University, Department of Business and Economics. In the Fall 2004, Professor Farah was also a Resident Fellow at the Institute of International Economic Law (IIEL), Georgetown University Law Center, Washington DC, USA.
He is the Scientific Director and Program Coordinator 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). He has been a Consultant for the European Commission in Brussels) 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). Professor Farah also worked at the Legal Affairs Division of the World Trade Organization in Geneva,was an Associate Lawyer of Baker & McKenzie Law Firm, Milan Branch (2003-2005), Professor Farah has collaborated in different roles with the European Union Chamber of Commerce in Beijing (China), the China-Italy Chamber of Commerce (CICC) in Beijing (China), Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer – International Law Firm in Beijing (China), Assolombarda (Italian Entrepreneurial Association of Lombardy Region - the largest regional Entrepreneurial Association of Confindustria), ANCI (Italian Association for Shoes Producers), Chamber of Commerce in Milan, Banca Popolare di Milano.
He is a 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. Since 2016, he is Chair/Convener of the Coordinating Committee of the European Society of International Law – International Environmental Law Interest Group. Since 2017, he is an Elected Chair of the American Society of International Law (ASIL) Intellectual Property Law Interest Group.
Professor Farah has more than 50 articles, 9 books and 3 journal special issues published or forthcoming and he has presented his work to more than 120 international conferences and workshops.
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), MDPI Sustainability, European Energy and Environmental Law Review (Kluwer Law International), Oregon Law Review, Columbia Journal of Asian Law, Georgetown International Environmental law Review, Brooklyn Journal of International Law, Arizona State Law Journal
He graduated with a Maitrise in International and European Law from Paris Ouest La Defense Nanterre University (France), LLM in European Legal Studies from the College of Europe in Bruges (Belgium) and a Dual PhD in international law from Aix-Marseille University (France) and University of Milan (Italy).
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