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Paolo Galizzi

FLS Paolo Galizzi

Clinical Professor of Law; Director, Sustainable Development Legal Initiative

Telephone: 212-636-7615
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Office: Room 7-126

Faculty Assistant: Emma Mercer

Research and Teaching Areas

International Law; Human Rights; Law and Development; International Environmental Law; Corporate Social Responsibility; Climate Change Law and Policy


Paolo Galizzi is a Clinical Professor of Law and Director of the Sustainable Development Legal Initiative (SDLI) at the Leitner Center for International Law and Justice at Fordham Law School.

He joined Fordham from Imperial College, University of London, where he was Lecturer in Environmental Law and later Marie Curie Fellow in Law. He previously held academic positions at the University of Nottingham, at the University of Verona and at the University of Milan. Professor Galizzi graduated from the Faculty of Law of the University of Milan in 1993 and continued his legal education at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, where he obtained an LLM in Public International Law in 1995. He later started his doctoral programme at the University of Milan, where he obtained a PhD in International Environmental Law in 1998 with a thesis on “Compliance with International Environmental Obligations”.

Professor Galizzi’s research interests lie in international law, environmental law and law of sustainable development and he has published extensively in these areas. His most recent publications include the forthcoming “People and the Environment: The Role of Environment in Poverty Alleviation” to be published by Fordham University Press, the second edition of “Documents in International Environmental Law” and of “Documents in EC Environmental Law”, co-edited with Philippe Sands and published by Cambridge University Press.

Selected Publications

  • From Ignorance, to Indifference, to Limited Familiarity: An Analysis of the Relationship Between International Environmental Law & Multinational Corporations in La Responsabilita` Sociale d’Impresa (2014)


  • University of Milan, Laurea in Giurisprudenza (Equivalent to Juris Doctor), Magna Cum Laude
  • University of London, LLM, 1995
  • University of Milan, PhD International Environmental Law, 1998