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Paolo D. Farah, Ph. D.



  • J.D. in International and European Law, University of Paris Ouest La Defense Nanterre, France, 2002
  • LL.M in European Legal Studies, College of Europe, Bruges, Belgium, 2003
  • Fellow at the Institute of International Economic Law (IIEL), Georgetown University Law Center, Washington DC, USA, Fall 2004
  • Dual PhD in International Law – “China’s Integration into the WTO and the EU-China Trade Relations”, Aix-Marseille University, Centre of International and European Research and Studies, France and University of Milan, Doctoral School on International Law, Italy, 2011
  • Visiting Scholar – “Trade Law and Sustainable Energy”, Harvard Law School, East Asian Legal Studies, Boston, USA, 2012


Professor Paolo Davide Farah (PhD, PhD, LL.M, J.D.) works at West Virginia University (WV, USA) and teaches climate change, trade, energy and environmental law and policy.

Professor Farah is an expert in the interaction among trade, economic globalization and non trade concerns, such as sustainable development, energy, environment and human rights with a special focus on China and other Asian countries.

Professor Farah has previously taught international environmental and energy law, climate change, public international law, international economic law and WTO law, European Law, Comparative law & Chinese law, international business law, company law and in Liverpool, United Kingdom (2012-2014), at University of Milan, Bologne and Turin in Italy (2003-2011).

He is also Principal Investigator (Honorary Position) of gLAWcal – Global Law Initiatives for Sustainable Development (United Kingdom) and Principal Investigator at University Institute of European Studies (IUSE), Turin, Italy for the EU commission funded research projects POREEN and LIBEAC. POREEN: LIBEAC:

He acts as an Editor-in-Chief and Director of the Book Series “Transnational Law and Governance” for Routledge Publishing (UK); as Editor-in-Chief and Director of the Book Series of “Global Law and Sustainable Development” (in English) of Ashgate Publishing (UK) and a similar Book Series for Wolters Kluwer (CEDAM) for Books in Italian, French, German, Spanish, Portuguese and other non-English languages.

During the academic year 2011-2012, he was a Visiting Scholar at Harvard Law School, East Asian Legal Studies Program. Previously, he spent more than four years in Beijing coordinating EU Commission research projects in collaboration with Chinese Universities such as Tsinghua University Law School, Peking University, China-EU School of Law, Beijing Foreign Studies University, East China of University of Political Sciences and Law, Shanghai JiaoTong University. In the Fall 2004, Professor Farah was also a Fellow at the Institute of International Economic Law (IIEL), Georgetown University Law Center, Washington DC, USA.

He is the Scientific Director and Program Co-ordinator of the Summer School held at Peking University School of Government with two parallel curricula: “Summer Institute on Climate Change and Environmental Protection” (SICCEP) and “Summer Institute on Intellectual Property Rights and China” (IP-China). Paolo is a Consultant for the European Commission in Brussels (2007 – present) and TAIEX-Technical Assistance Information Exchange of the European Commission (EU law implementation in new member States such as Cyprus and Slovak Republic); International Consultant and Legal Advisor for a project by United Nations Development Program (UNDP) to assist and assess the accession of Belarus to the WTO (in particular the TRIPs agreement) and to verify whether the commitments taken by Belarus within the framework of the Customs Union of Belarus, Kazakhstan and the Russian Federation are in compliance with the future potential accession to the WTO. He had been Consultant (2007-2009) for the Italian Ministry of the Economic Development and Commerce and for the OECD (Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development). Paolo also worked at the Legal Affairs Division of the World Trade Organization in Geneva, and was an Associate Lawyer of Baker & McKenzie Law Firm, Milan Branch (2003-2005).

He is Regular Member of the 1) International Law Association – ILA (American and Italian Branch), 2) American Society of International Law (ASIL), 3) European Society of International Law (ESIL), 4) Italian Society of International Law (SIDI), 5) European China Law Studies Association (ECLS), 6) Socio-Legal Studies Association (SLSA), 7) Society of International Economic Law (SIEL), 8) Law and Society Association (LSA), 9) American Association of Geographers (AAG), 10) Association Study of Law, Culture, The Humanities (ASLCH), 11) College of Europe Alumni Association, 12) Collegio di Milano Alumni Association

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

Professor Farah is Guest Editor-in-Chief for the SSCI – Journal of World Energy Law and Business (Oxford University Press), Guest Editor-in-Chief for SSCI Journal Sustainability and the SSCI Energy Policy (Elsevier).

Professor Farah’ work has appeared or is forthcoming, among others, in such journals as the Journal of International Economic Law (Oxford University Press), Journal of World Energy Law and Business (Oxford University Press), Journal of World Trade (Kluwer Law International), Legal Issues of Economic Integration (Kluwer Law International), European Energy and Environmental Law Review (Kluwer Law International), Oregon Law Review, West Virginia Law Review, Georgetown International Environmental law Review, Brooklyn Journal of International Law.

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Teaching Interests

  • Energy Law, Oil & Gas
  • Environmental Law
  • Natural Resources Law
  • Climate Change Law
  • International Law
  • Trade Regulation and WTO Law
  • Intellectual Property
  • Human Rights and Social Justice
  • Water Law