Dr. Rodrigo Polanco
Academic Coordinator, WTI Advanced Master Programmes
WTI Senior Researcher and
Air and Space Law
Rodrigo is a Senior Researcher and Lecturer at the World Trade Institute, University of Bern, a Legal Advisor at the Swiss Institute of Comparative Law, and a Visiting Professor at the University of Chile. He is a former Assistant Professor of International Economic Law at the University of Chile Faculty of Law, where he also served as the Director of International Affairs, and a former Lecturer and Postdoctoral Researcher at the University of Luzern (NRP 75 – The Governance of Big Data in Trade Agreements).
Before managing the Academic Coordination of WTI Advanced Master Programmes, he joined the WTI as a researcher/lecturer, and also as coordinator of the SECO Project (which supported development of Regional Competence Centres for Trade Law and Policy in Peru, South Africa, Vietnam, Indonesia and Chile) and of the SNIS Project (Diffusion of International Law: A Textual Analysis of International Investment Agreements).
Rodrigo is also a published scholar and legal practitioner with experience in both the public and private sectors. He specialises in economic and international law, investment law, trade law, and air and space law. He holds a Bachelor and a Master of Laws from Universidad de Chile School of Law, an LL.M. in International Legal Studies from New York University (NYU) School of Law, and a PhD from the University of Bern, Graduate School of Economic Globalisation and Integration, specialised in international investment law.
Rodrigo is a visiting professor at Universidad Externado Colombia and member of the editorial team of their Law and Economy Review (Con-Texto), and a visiting professor and research external evaluator of the Pontifical Catholic University of Peru (PUCP). He is also a co-founder of Fiscalía del Medio Ambiente (FIMA) a Chilean non-profit organisation working in public interest environmental cases, and teaching local communities and members of the judiciary on environmental law. He serves as director of their environmental law journal (Justicia Ambiental).