2022 SAIL


Prof. Jutta Brunnée

Professor, University of Toronto

Dean, University Professor & James Marshall Tory Dean’s Chair, University of Toronto. Dean Brunnée’s teaching and research interests are in the areas of Public International Law, International Environmental Law and International Legal Theory. She has published extensively in each of these areas. Dean Brunnée is co-author of International Climate Change Law (OUP 2017), which was awarded the American Society of International Law’s 2018 Certificate of Merit “in a specialized area of international law” and was recently translated into Korean, and of Legitimacy and Legality in International Law: An Interactional Account (CUP 2010), which was awarded the American Society of International Law’s 2011 Certificate of Merit “for preeminent contribution to creative scholarship.” In 1998-99, she was the “Scholar-in-Residence” in the Legal Bureau of the Canadian Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade, advising, inter alia, on matters under the Biodiversity and Climate Change Conventions. She has served on the Board of Editors of the American Journal of International Law (2006-16). She was elected Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada in 2013, and Associate of the Institut de Droit International in 2017. In 2019, she delivered a course on “Procedure and Substance in International Environmental Law” at the Hague Academy of International Law. In 2020, Dean Brunnée was appointed University Professor, the University of Toronto’s highest and most distinguished academic rank.

International Environmental Law

This course will provide an introduction to international environmental law, providing students with an understanding of both limitations and possibilities of legal approaches to international environmental protection. Key questions, pursued throughout, include: What “tools” are available to international environmental law as a branch of public international law? What are the particular challenges to be met by international environmental law in modern international society and in tackling transboundary and global issues? In addition to an understanding of these questions, students will acquire knowledge of: the most relevant customary rules and emerging principles of international environmental law; the basic structure and process of international environmental agreements; the role of international courts and tribunals.