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Dr Ilaria Espa

Espa, Ilaria

Senior research fellow, Faculty
WTI

Trade Law
Environmental Law
EU Law

Ilaria Espa is Assistant Professor of International Economic Law at USI Lugano, Senior Research Fellow and Lecturer at the WTI and at the University of Milan. Formerly awarded a Marie Curie fellowship from the European Commission for her post-doctoral studies, Ilaria was a member of the NCCR Trade Regulation Programme from 2013 until 2017, in addition to acting as Scientific Coordinator of the WTI Doctoral Programme. She holds a PhD in International Law and Economics from the Department of Legal Studies of Bocconi University and was a visiting scholar at Columbia Law School in 2012. She also holds a BA in Political Science and an MA in International Relations from Luiss University.

Ilaria’s areas of expertise include international economic law, with a focus on trade regulation, international environmental law, and EU law. She has published extensively in leading international journals including Journal of International Economic LawWorld Trade ReviewJournal of World Trade, Journal of World Investment and Trade and Trade, Law & Development on issues at the intersection of trade and sustainability, mainly in the areas of climate change, energy and commodities, as well as on the law governing the sustainable management of natural resources, always from a multi-layered governance perspective. She 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, 2017).

Ilaria has acted as consultant to a number of governmental agencies, NGOs, international organisations and business associations (e.g. WTO, European Commission, ICTSD, Swiss Federal Office of Energy). She is a frequent presenter at academic conferences and guest lecturer, and has also given numerous talks for non-academic audiences.