University of West Virginia, Department of Public Administration

Paolo Davide Farah is a Member of the ESIL Board and the Chair of the ESIL Interest Group on International Environmental Law. During his work as Chair and Member of the Interest Group Coordinating Committee Convener, he has organized several IG events.

He is an Associate Professor (with tenure) at West Virginia University, John D. Rockefeller IV School of Policy and Politics, Department of Public Administration. He is an “Internationally Renowned Professor/Distinguished Professor of Law” (Full Professor level) at Beijing Foreign Studies University (BFSU), Law School, Beijing, China. He is Founder, President and Director of gLAWcal – Global Law Initiatives for Sustainable Development, United Kingdom (

He is teaching and researching in international law, climate change, international trade, business and human rights, social justice, sustainable development, energy and international environmental law and policy, public policy and public administration. He has variously taught classes in different institutions on public international law, international economic law and WTO law, European Law, Comparative law, and Chinese law in Italy, in the UK (as Senior Lecturer), USA and China (as Visiting Professor).

He is Editor-in-Chief for two Book series for Routledge Publishing (New-York/London): and

He is Senior Research Fellow at the Institute of International Economic Law (IIEL), Georgetown University Law Center, Washington DC, USA and was also a EU Commission Marie Curie Fellow.

He was a Visiting Scholar (2011–2012) at Harvard Law School, East Asian Legal Studies Program. As Scientific Director, since 2006, he has been coordinating the Summer Law Institute in China – Executive Education Training Program ( held in China. He was an International Consultant and Legal Advisor for projects implemented for the United Nations Development Program (UNDP), for the Italian Ministry of Economic Development and Commerce and for the OECD. He has previously worked at the Legal Affairs Division of the World Trade Organization in Geneva and was an Associate Lawyer of Baker & McKenzie Law Firm, Milan, Italy.

Since 2014, Professor Farah has been an Appointed Member of the International Law Association – ILA Committees on Sustainable Development and the Green Economy in International Trade Law and ILA Committee on Role of International Law in Sustainable Natural Resource Management for Development.

He speaks Italian (native), English (fluent), French (fluent) and Chinese (fair).

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