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Professor Jorge Viñuales

Professor Jorge Viñuales

C-EENRG Founder and former Director

C-EENRG Area Leader: Environmental Law and Governance

Harold Samuel Professor of Law and Environmental Policy

Department of Land Economy

University of Cambridge


Professor Jorge E. Viñuales – Centre Fellow

Professor Jorge E. Viñuales holds the Harold Samuel Chair of Law and 
Environmental Policy at the University of Cambridge and is the founder 
and former Director of the Cambridge Centre for Environment, Energy and 
Natural Resource Governance (C-EENRG). He is also the Chairman of the 
Compliance Committee of the UN-ECE/WHO-Europe Protocol on Water and 
Health, a member of the Panel of Arbitrators of the Shanghai 
International Arbitration Centre and the Director-General of the Latin 
American Society of International Law. Prior to joining Cambridge, he 
was the Pictet Chair of International Environmental Law at the Graduate 
Institute, Geneva, where he keeps a limited affiliation as Adjunct 
Professor of Public International Law.

He has published widely in his speciality areas, most recently his books 
The Rio Declaration on Environment and Development. A Commentary (Oxford 
University Press, 2015), International Environmental Law (Cambridge 
University Press, 2015, second edition 2018, with P.-M. Dupuy), The 
Foundations of International Investment Law (Oxford University Press, 
2014, co-edited with Z. Douglas and J. Pauwelyn), Foreign Investment and 
the Environment in International Law (Cambridge University Press, 2012, 
reprint 2015), Environmental and Energy Law: International, European and 
Comparative Dimensions (Edward Elgar, 3 volumes, 2017, co-edited with E. 
Lees) and Diplomatic and Judicial Means of Dispute Settlement (Martinus 
Nijhoff, 2012, co-edited with L. Boisson de Chazournes and M. G. Kohen). 
His ongoing work includes a new edition of Antonio Cassese's textbook on 
International Law (Oxford University Press, forthcoming in 2019, with P. 
Gaeta and S. Zappala), The Oxford Handbook on Comparative Environmental 
Law (Oxford University Press, forthcoming 2018, co-edited with Emma 
Lees), a book-length study on The International Law of Energy (on 
contract with Cambridge University Press, forthcoming in 2019), and a 
series of interdisciplinary papers on complexity economics, integrated 
modelling and sustainability policy in co-authorship with colleagues 
from C-EENRG, Radboud University, Cambridge Econometrics and the Open 

Jorge has wide experience as a practitioner, both in an advisory and a 
litigation context. He was associate, counsel and of counsel with two 
major law firms specialised in international law for a decade. In 
addition to his work for the UNECE/WHO, he has served as arbitrator, 
counsel, expert and, earlier in his career, as secretary of arbitration 
tribunals in inter-State, investment and commercial disputes. He 
regularly advises governments, companies, international organisations or 
major NGOs on different matters of environmental law, investment law, 
human rights, maritime delimitation and public international law at 

Jorge was educated in France (Doctorat - Sciences Po, Paris), the United 
States (LL.M. - Harvard Law School), Switzerland (Licence and Diplôme 
d’études approfondies in international relations - HEI; liz jur – 
Universität Freiburg; Licence and Diplôme d’études approfondies in 
political science – Université de Genève), and Argentina (Abogado – 

His native language is Spanish and he is fluent in English, French and 

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