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Ginevra Le Moli is part-time Professor at the European University Institute (EUI), Florence, and a Fellow at the Cambridge Centre for Environment, Energy & Natural Resource Governance (C-EENRG), University of Cambridge, where she serves as the Managing Editor of the C-EENRG Research Series. She started her academic career as Assistant Professor of Public International Law at Leiden University, Grotius Centre for International Legal Studies in 2019, where she was tenured in 2021.

Ginevra is a general international lawyer with research interests both in foundational areas, including human rights and environmental law, as well as emerging fields, such as the governance of negative emission technologies (including geo-engineering) and global health security. She has published over 30 studies (a monograph, edited collections, articles, chapters and policy papers), and she has co-authored several reports and studies commissioned by intergovernmental organizations.

Her book Human Dignity in International Law was published in 2021 by Cambridge University Press. Her work has appeared in some of the leading generalist and specialist publications in the field, including the British Yearbook of International Law, International and Comparative Law Quarterly, the American Journal of International Law, the Leiden Journal of International Law, the Journal of International Economic Law, the Chinese Journal of International Law or the Journal of International Criminal Justice, and in high impact interdisciplinary journals, such as The Lancet. At present, she is working on the first Oxford Commentary of the WHO International Health Regulations, together with G.-L. Burci and J.E. Viñuales for Oxford University Press.

Ginevra is a member of an interdisciplinary consortium which in 2023 was awarded a EUR 7 million Horizon Europe grant for a project on ocean-based carbon dioxide removal techniques, ‘Strategies for the Evaluation and Assessment of Ocean based Carbon Dioxide Removal’ (SEAO2-CDR). The project will run from 2023 to 2027 and she coordinates the governance aspects from the EUI Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies, Florence School of Regulation (FSR). Between 2020 and 2022, she completed a research project at C-EENRG, funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation, titled ‘Who owns natural resources?’, studying governance and property entitlements over natural resources, including energy.

She has an expanding portfolio of practice, including as a consultant for international organizations, legal advisor and co-counsel in international proceedings before human rights bodies and the International Court of Justice. After graduating as a lawyer, Ginevra practiced law and advocacy for a decade both in private practice and in the public interest sector, moving from the commercial litigation and arbitration department of leading Italian law firm Bonelli Erede, to public interest work in the outskirts of New Delhi for an NGO (Navdanya) at the forefront of the seed varieties debate, to field missions in Syria (Damascus, Idlib, Homs and Aleppo) and Yemen (Sana’a and Taiz) to collect testimonies and evidence for UN Investigative Mechanisms. She also worked for the UN Human Rights Committee, for the OHCHR, in mass proceedings before the African Commission on Human and Peoples Rights and in investment arbitration proceedings.

Ginevra holds a Ph.D. in Public International Law (summa cum laude) from the Graduate Institute of International Law and Development Studies (IHEID), Geneva. She also holds an LL.B. and a Masters in Law (cum laude) from the University of Roma Tre, an LL.M. in International Law from the Graduate Institute (cum laude) and a Diploma in International Law from the LSE (UK) and Advanced Certificate on the prevention of pandemics from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health/Harvard Medical School (US).

She is a native Italian speaker, with fluency in English and French, and working knowledge of Spanish.

C-EENRG Fellow
Professor, European University Institute
 Ginevra  Le Moli