Espa Ilaria

Dr Ilaria Espa
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  • International trade law
  • Environmental law and policy (international and European)
  • Climate, energy and natural resources law and policy
  • EU law
  • Food risk regulation (international and European)

Ilaria Espa is a postdoctoral senior researcher at the World Trade Institute (WTI)/NCCR Trade Regulation and the Scientific Coordinator of the WTI Doctoral Programme. She is also a lecturer at the University of Milan, where she has taught environmental and food law since 2015. 

Ilaria joined the WTI in 2013 as a Marie Curie senior research fellow in the framework of the EU FP7 COFIT Programme (COFUND International Trade Fellowship). She received her PhD in international law and economics from the Department of Legal Studies of Bocconi University (summa cum laude) in 2013 and was a visiting scholar at Columbia Law School in 2012. She holds a BA in political science (2006, summa cum laude) and an MA in international relations (2009, summa cum laude) from Luiss University. 

Ilaria is the author of a monograph on Export Restrictions on Critical Minerals and Metals: Testing the Adequacy of WTO Disciplines (Cambridge University Press, 2015) and the co-editor of the volume on International Trade in Sustainable Electricity: Regulatory Challenges in International Economic Law (Cambridge University Press, forthcoming). She has published in a number of peer-reviewed journals on the trade law implications of environment-driven policies and policy instruments implemented at various levels of governance in the areas of climate, energy (including electricity) and agriculture, as well as on the law governing the sustainable management of natural resources and trade in commodities. In 2012, she received the SIDI (Italian Society of International Law) prize, awarded to a younger author for meritorious scholarship published in Revue Internationale de Droit Économique for her article on the WTO law implications of EU unilateral climate initiatives. 

Ilaria is an elected member of the Committee of the International Law Association (ILA) on the ‘Role of International Law in Sustainable Natural Resources Management for Development’. She has served as a member of and contributor to the Expert Group on ‘Trade and Investment in Extractive Industries’ and the Task Force on ‘Rethinking International Subsidies Disciplines’ of the E15 Initiative, an initiative jointly implemented by the International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development (ICTSD) and the World Economic Forum (WEF). She has acted as consultant on trade-related aspects of policy initiatives and instruments targeting environmental transitions to a number of governmental agencies, NGOs, international organizations and business associations including the WTO, the European Commission, the Swiss Federal Office of Energy, SwissCleanTech and the Nordur Grid Association.

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Work Packages
III-WP5, Trade and Climate Change
III-5.3.3, New Disciplines for Energy R ...