Alejandra Torres Camprubí, Ph.D.

Associate - Paris

Alejandra Torres-Camprubi
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Alejandra is an international dispute resolution attorney in Foley Hoag’s International Litigation and Arbitration Department. Based in the firm’s Paris office, Alejandra is admitted to practice in the Madrid Bar as well as the Paris Bar as an EU lawyer. She focuses her practice on public international law and international investment arbitration. 

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Education:

  • Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, Ph.D., summa cum laude, 2014
  • University College London, LL.M., Distinction, 2009
  • Université Paris I-Panthéon-Sorbonne, Bachelor in French Law, Mention Assez-Bien, 2008
  • Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Bachelor in Spanish Law, Sobresaliente, 2008

Languages:

English, Spanish, French, Italian

Representative Experience

Inter-State Disputes before the International Court Of Justice and the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea

  • The Gambia v. Myanmar. Counsel to the Republic of The Gambia before the International Court of Justice in a lawsuit under the Genocide Convention seeking to hold Myanmar accountable under international law for genocide against the Rohingya.  
  • Democratic Republic of Congo v. Republic of Uganda. Member of the team representing Uganda before the International Court of Justice in the reparations phase related to the damages resulting from the armed activities carried out in the territory of the DRC.
  • Somalia v. Kenya. Member of the team representing Somalia before the International Court of Justice in a dispute with Kenya regarding the Parties' maritime boundary in the Indian Ocean. 
  • Switzerland v. Nigeria. Counsel to Nigeria before ITLOS for the provisional measures phase and before an UNCLOS Annex VII arbitral tribunal for the merits phase, in a dispute concerning the detention of a shipping vessel with Swiss flag in the exclusive economic zone of Nigeria. 
  • Republic of Ghana v. Republic of Côte d’Ivoire. Member of the team that represented Ghana in the case concerning the maritime boundary with Côte d’Ivoire in the Gulf of Guinea in an international Arbitration under Annex VII of the International Convention on the Law of the Sea before an ITLOS Special Chamber. 

International Investment Arbitration & Other Proceedings

  • Latin American Regional Aviation Holding v. Uruguay. Counsel to Uruguay (2020 – present) in an ICSID arbitration under the Panama-Uruguay Bilateral Investment Treaty, involving the collapse of Uruguay’s national airline, PLUNA.
  • Ritika Mehta, Vinita Agarwal, and Prenay Agarwal v. the Oriental Republic of Uruguay. Counsel to Uruguay (2018-2020) in an UNCITRAL arbitration administered by the PCA brought under the Uruguay-UK Bilateral Investment Treaty, involving a large-scale iron ore mining project, which the claimants alleged to be worth $3.47 billion. The tribunal unanimously denied jurisdiction and ordered claimant to pay Uruguay’s legal fees.
  • Niko Resources v. Republic of Bangladesh, Bapex & Petrobangla. Counsel to Bangladesh's two State entities in an ICSID case brought by a Canadian investor concerning the causes and impacts of two gas blowouts.
  • Louis Dreyfus Armateurs v. Republic of India. Member of the team representing India in an UNCITRAL Ad-Hoc Arbitration case brought by a French investor under the France-India Bilateral Investment Treaty arising from a contract concerning the supply and operation of cargo handling equipment.
  • Corporación Dominicana de Empresas Eléctricas Estatales (CDEEE). Represented the Corporación regarding claims presented by a consortium led by a Brazilian company related to the construction and operation of a thermoelectric plant. Member of the team in a parallel mediation process that managed to resolve the controversy and ensure the delivery of the plant in favorable conditions for our client.
  • Representation before the United States Office of Foreign Assets Control of a private person affected by the UN Security Council Sanctions Committee. 
  • Representation of asylum-seekers in France before the Cour Nationale du Droit d’Asile. Pro bono project in collaboration with Amnesty International France.

Professional Experience

  • Post-doctoral Senior Fellow, Project ‘Climate Change and Sea-Level Rise in the Anthropocene: Challenges for International Law in the 21st Century’, Fridtjof Nansen Institute, (Oslo/Norway, 2014).
  • Teaching and Research Fellow in Public International Law, Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, (Madrid/Spain, 2011 - 2013).
  • Institut de Droit international, Reporter for the 75th Rhodes Session (Rhodes/Greece, September 2011).
  • United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, 15th Conference of the Parties (COP.15/MOP.5), Legal counsel to the Delegation of East Timor (Copenhagen/Denmark, December 2009).

Books 

  • Statehood under Water: Challenges of Sea-Level Rise to the Continuity of Pacific Island States, Brill/Nijhoff (juin 2016). Monograph based on doctoral thesis belonging to the Series Legal Aspects on Sustainable Development, vol. 22, ISBN13: 9789004321601. 

Articles and Book Chapters

  • “Legal and Political Considerations with respect to the Disappearance of States” (co-authored with Christina Hioureas), chapter to be published as part of the Proceedings of the International Conference New Knowledge and Changing Circumstances in the Law of the Sea (Law of the Sea Institute of Iceland, Reykjavik, Iceland, 28–30 June 2018) (Brill, 2020).
  • “Challenges of Sea-Level Rise to the Continuity of Low-Lying Island States and Measures to Address the Loss of Maritime Spaces”, Proceedings of the ASIL  112th Annual Meeting (Washington, D.C., 4-7 April 2018) (CUP, 2019).
  • “Commerce international et responsabilité sociale et environnementale: des référentiels aux normes?” (co-authored with D. Schimmel), chapter of the encyclopedic volume Le Lamy Contrats Internationaux (Wolters Kluwer, 2019), Tome 1, sections 101-104. 
  • “Securitization of Climate Change: the Inter-regional Institutional Voyage” Oxford Yearbook of International Environmental Law, (2018): pp. 1-24. 
  • “Sea Level Rise and Impacts on Maritime Zones and Limits: the Work of the ILA Committee on International Law and Sea Level Rise” (co-authored with David Freestone and Davor Vidas), Korean Journal of International and Comparative Law, vol. 5 (2017): 1, pp. 5-35.
  • ‘Against Fairness? International Environmental Law, Disciplinary Bias and Pareto Justice’, (co-authored with Mario Prost) Leiden Journal of International Law, vol. 25 (2012): issue 2, pp. 379-396.
  • 'Cambio climático y derechos humanos: el desafío de los nuevos refugiados’ [Climate Change and Human Rights: the Challenge of the ‘New Refugees’], (co-authored with Carlos Espósito Massiccic), (June 2011) Relaciones Internacionales (GERI-UAM), vol. 17 (June 2011). pp. 64- 87. Also reproduced in Revista de Derecho Ambiental de la Universidad de Palermo, vol. I (May 2012): issue 1, pp. 7-32.
  • ‘El mecanismo para la reducción de la deforestación y la degradación forestal y para el fomento de los sumideros de carbono (REDD+): Nota sobre un innovador instrumento de mitigación’ [The REDD+ Mechanism for Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation and for the Enhancement of Carbon Sinks: Note on an Innovative Mitigation Tool], Revista Catalana de Dret Ambiental, vol.1 (Octobre 2010): issue 2, pp. 1-24.
  • ‘Crónica de Derecho Internacional del Medio Ambiente’ [Report on International Environmental Law] (co-authored with Rosa Maria Fernández Egea), published twice a year since June 2009, Revista Electrónica de Estudios Internacionales (REEI), vols. nº18/2009, pp. 1-25; nº19/2010, pp. 1-16; nº20/2010, pp. 1-18; nº21/2011, pp. 1-18; nº22/2011, pp. 1-14; nº23/2012, pp. 1-12; nº25/2013, pp. 1-20, nº 26/2013, pp.1-19; and nº 29/2015, pp. 1-30.


Honors

  • Doctoral Fellowship Formación de Personal Investigador, Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, (Madrid/Spain, 2009-2013).
  • UCL Cheng-Cheng Nan Prize, best postgraduate public international law student (London/ UK, 2008/2009).
  • Bourse d’Excellence-Major, French Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Paris/France, 2004-2008).

Involvement

  • European Society of International Law, co-founder and co-convenor of the ESIL Interest Group on International Environmental Law (2009-present). Member of the Interest Group on Feminism and International Law.
  • International Law Association (Spanish Branch), Member and Reporter of the Committee on International Law and Sea Level Rise.
  • Section Editor on International Environmental Law of the forthcoming journal Brill Open Law.
  • American Society for International Law, Member and Invited Speaker to the Annual Meeting held in Washington, D.C, on 4-7 April 2018. 
  • African Society for International Law, Member of the Organizing Committee of the AfSIL 7th Annual Conference, held in Antananarivo (Madagascar) on 26-27 October 2018. 
  • Permanent Mission of the Principality of Liechtenstein before the United Nations and Princeton University, Invited Speaker (with C. Hioureas) belonging to the Series “Climate, State and Sovereignty: Self-Determination and Sea-Level Rise,” (online session September – December 2020). 
  • Academy of European Law, invited Lecturer on “The Concept of Security: Reconstructing the Origins, Scope and Meaning of an Ambiguous Symbol” as part of the ERA High-Level Conference on Investment Screening in the European Union, (online session, 12-13 November 2020). 
  • Université Libre de Bruxelles, invited Lecturer on “International Law and the Climate Crisis” for post-graduate public international law students (online session, 27 October 2020).
  • Organizationn of American States (OAS), invited Lecturer on “La condición de Estado frente al desafío del cambio climático” [Statehood before the Climate Change Challenge], 2019 Edition of the Summer Couse on Public International Law organized by the Comité Jurídico Interamericano (Río de Janeiro/Brasil, August 2019). 
  • International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea Nippon Programme, Lecture on “Climate Change and the Law of the Sea”, (Hambourg/Germany, 7 February 2019). 
  • Queen Mary University of London (Center for Small States) /Wilmerhale, “Dispute Resolution and Sinking Island States”, presentation at the Environmental Dispute Resolution and Small States Conference, (London/ UK, 6–7 September 2018). 
  • Law of the Sea Institute of Iceland, Presentation (with C. Hioureas) on “Legal and Political Considerations with respect to the Disappearance of States”, International Conference New Knowledge and Changing Circumstances in the Law of the Sea, (Reykjavik/Iceland, 28–30 June 2018). 
  • American Society for International Law, Presentation in Panel on “Rising Sea Levels and Disappearing Territories: Implications for Statehood, Migrants and International Law”, at the 112th Annual Meeting of the American Society of International Law (ASIL), International Law in Practice (Washington DC/ USA, 4–7 April 2018).
  • University of Groningen, ‘Sustainable Development Goals and Migration/’Environmental Refugees’, Summer Course of the International Institute for Social Studies, (Groningen/The Netherlands, July 2017).
  • University of East Anglia, ‘Statehood under Water’: An approach to Climate-Induced Displacement from the Perspective of the Law on Statehood,” (Norwich/UK, July 2016).
  • Università Statale di Milano, Lecture on ‘Climate Change, State Extinction and Statelessness: a Case Study on the Threat to Disappearance of Pacific Island States” (Milan/Italy, April 2015).
  • King’s College London, Summer Course Lecture on ‘Contemporary Issues on the Law of Statehood’ (London/UK, July 2014).
  • Keele University, Lecture for LLM Program, ‘Climate Change and State Extinction: Exploring the Limits and Nature of Statehood’ (Keele/UK, February 2014).
  • Manchester International Law Center, Lecture for LLM Program, ‘Contemporary Issues of the Law of Statehood’ (Manchester/UK, February 2014).
  • University of Manchester, Guest Speaker for Staff Seminar, ‘Climate Change, State Extinction and International Security’ (Manchester/UK, February 2014).
  • Universidad Torcuato di Tella, Guest Speaker for Staff Seminar, ‘La equidad en el Derecho internacional del medioambiente’ [Fairness in International Environmental Law’] (Buenos Aires/Argentina, April 2013).
  • American Society of International Law/ European Society of International Law, Co-chair and co-organizer of the Joint Conference of the ASIL and ESIL Interest Groups on International Environmental Law, ‘The Changing Nature of International Environmental Law: Evolving Approaches from the United States and the European Union’, (Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, Geneva/Switzerland, November 2013).
  • Universidad Empresarial Siglo 21, Lecture on ‘La Supervivencia del Estado frente al Cambio Climático: Un Nuevo Paradigma de la Seguridad Internacional’ [The Survival of the State Threatened by Climate Change Impacts: a New International Security Paradigm] (Córdoba/Argentina, August 2012).
  • European Society of International Law, 5th Biannual Forum, Joint Conference of the ESIL Interest Groups on International Environmental Law and on International Economic Law, Co-chair and co-organizer, ‘The United Nations Rio+20 Conference on Sustainable Development: Appraisals and Prospects of a Paradigmatic Concept’ (Valencia/Spain, September 2012).
  • Queen Mary University (UK), Lecture for LLM Program in EU Law, ‘The Law and Politics of the International Regime on Climate Change (1): The State of the Field’ ; as well as ‘The Law and Politics of the International Regime on Climate Change (2): Challenges Ahead’ (London, March 2012).
  • European Society of International Law, 4th Research Forum, Roundtable of the ESIL Interest Group on International Environmental Law, ‘Human Rights and Climate Change’ (Tallinn/Estonia, May 2011).
  • Chinese University of Political Science and Law, Seminar Teacher on European Private Law at the China-EU School of Law, (Beijing/China, September 2010).