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Laurence Boisson de Chazournes
University of Geneva, Faculty of Law
Biography: 
Mrs. Laurence Boisson de Chazournes is Professor of international law at the Faculty of Law of the University of Geneva. She has gained a wide-ranging reputation in academic circles for her contribution to international law, in such fields as the law of international organizations, international economic law and international environmental law, while at the same time being recognized for her practical work as Senior Counsel to the World Bank and as advisor to many international organizations.She is a consultant and a member of groups of experts with various international organizations, including the World Bank, WHO, UNDP, ILO and UNEP. In the field of dispute settlement she has served as chairperson of WTO arbitration panels on pre-shipment inspections and has pleaded before the ICJ and other dispute settlement procedures. She is a member of the Permanent Court of Arbitration and member of the WTO indicative list of governmental and non-governmental panelists. She is a member of the French Society of International Law, the American Society of International Law, the International Law Association as well as the French Society of Environmental Law. She is the author of a large number of publications dealing with international environmental law and natural resources law, public international law, international organizations and international economic law. Professor Boisson de Chazournes received her Ph.D. in international law from the Graduate Institute of International Studies (Geneva, Switzerland), a Master in private law and a Diploma in political science from the University of Lyon II and Lyon III (Lyon, France). She also passed her bar exam in Lyon in 1980.She was visiting scholar at the Universities of Michigan and Georgetown.