Elena Cima

PhD candidate and teaching assistant, Graduate Institute Geneva

Email address: elena.cima@graduateinstitute.ch


Elena Cima is a PhD candidate in international law at the Graduate Institute of International Law and Development (IHEID), as well as a Teaching Assistant for the LLM Program in International Law. She holds a Bachelor of Laws from the University of Milan and an LL.M degree from Yale Law School, where she was editor of the Yale Journal of International Law. Prior to starting her PhD, she went back to Yale as a visiting scholar and she worked as a teaching assistant. Previously, she studied at Harvard Law School (Department of East Asian Legal Studies) and then moved to Beijing, where she was Marie Curie Fellow at Tsinghua University and Beijing Normal University and worked as a researcher for over two years on projects funded by the European Commission on energy trade and investment. She is an active member of the American branch of the International Law Association (ILA), for which she served as reporter. Her publications have focused on international trade law, energy law, and Chinese law and policy.

Research interests:

Her research interests include international trade and environmental law; US and Chinese energy law and policy; the interfaces between energy and international trade law and between energy and international investment law; energy security.

Publications in the field of international energy law:

Caught between Trade and Climate Change. The Economic Rationale of ‘Green Subsidies’, in Klaus Mathis & Bruce R. Huber (eds), Environmental Law and Economics (Springer, forthcoming)

Promoting Renewables through Free Trade Agreements? An Assessment of the Relevant Provisions‘, C-EENRG Working Papers, 2016-7. pp.1-49. Cambridge Centre for Environment, Energy and Natural Resource Governance, University of Cambridge.

‘The Role of Domestic Policies in Fostering Technology Transfer: Evidence from China‘, in Paolo Farah & Elena Cima (eds), China’s Influence on Non-Trade Concerns in International Economic Law (Routledge, 2016)

‘World Trade Organization, Renewable Energy Subsidies and the Case of Feed-in Tariffs: Time for Reform Toward Sustainable Development?’ 27 Georgetown International Environmental Law Review 4 (2015) (with Paolo Farah)

Energy Trade and the WTO: Implications for Renewable Energy and the OPEC Cartel‘ 16(3) Journal of International Economic Law (2013) (with Paolo Farah)