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Dr Tibisay Morgandi

Dr Tibisay  Morgandi

Centre Fellow

Swiss National Science Foundation Postdoctoral Fellow

Trinity College Affiliated Postdoc


Dr Tibisay Morgandi is a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Cambridge Centre for Environment, Energy and Natural Resource Governance (C-EENRG) at the University of Cambridge, sponsored by the Swiss National Science Foundation.

Tibisay is a public international lawyer and her expertise lies in the field of international energy law, international environmental law and international economic law. Her doctorate, completed in October 2016 at the Graduate Institute in Geneva under the supervision of Jorge E Viñuales, focused on international energy law and its interaction with international environmental law. It examined an original dataset of 604 bilateral agreements regulating a variety of energy resources and activities, systematized State practice in the energy sector, and situated these agreements within the broader corpus of international law, focusing on the interaction between the agreements under consideration and customary international law. Her monograph will be published later this year as Bilateral Energy Agreements in International Law: A Study of State Practice (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press).

Tibisay’s research looks at the interactions between the rules governing State energy activities and international rules for the protection of the environment; in particular, her research focuses on the interplay between treaty and custom, contributing to current discussions in international law on the topic. Tibisay is also starting a new research agenda focused on the interactions between territorial and maritime disputes and contested or shared natural resources.

During her Postdoctoral Fellowship, Tibisay published her dataset of bilateral energy agreements at as part of a research project funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation, the Philomathia Foundation and the University of Cambridge. More information can be found here.  Tibisay also co-convenes the C-EENRG Seminar Series and coordinates the ‘Philomathia Lectures on Energy Transition’ in collaboration with Professor Viñuales.

Tibisay holds an LLM from Harvard Law School (2014), a Master’s degree in International Law from the Graduate Institute in Geneva (2011) and a Laurea Magistrale in Giurisprudenza from the Catholic University in Milan (2009). She worked as an associate in the Public International Law Practice and in the International Arbitration Group at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP (Paris, France). Tibisay was admitted to the Bar in Italy in 2014. Her native languages are Italian and Spanish. She is fluent in English and French and has a basic knowledge of Arabic (Levantine). 

Research Interests

International energy law; natural resources and international conflicts; international environmental law; public international law; international trade law; investment and commercial arbitration 


Tibisay lectures in International Environmental Law in the MPhil in the Department of Land Economy at the University of Cambridge and supervises undergraduates in International Law at Trinity Hall, Cambridge.


(1) Bilateral Energy Agreements in International Law: A Study of State Practice (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, forthcoming 2018) [Monograph]

(2) ‘Models of Cooperation in State Energy Activities’, in Energy Policy – Special Issue on Energy Law and Policy (forthcoming 2018) [Peer-reviewed Journal Article]

(3) ‘Energy Security: Securing Energy Resources and Flows’ in R Geiss, N Melzer (eds), Oxford Handbook on the International Law of Global Security (Oxford: Oxford University Press, forthcoming 2019) (co-authored with J E Viñuales) [Chapter in Book]

(4) ‘Legal Aspects of Energy Policy’ in M Politt et al (eds) In Search of ‘Good’ Energy Policy: A Multidisciplinary Approach to Energy and Climate Problems (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, forthcoming 2018) (co-authored with J E Viñuales) [Chapter in Book]

(5) ‘Human Rights Impacts of Trade Agreements’ (London: Chatham House, forthcoming 2018) (co-authored with L Bartels and J Zerk) [Research Paper]

(6) ‘Options for the Legal Form of a WTO Agreement on Fisheries Subsidies’ (Geneva: International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development, 2017) (co-authored with L Bartels) [Research Paper]