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Dr J.A.P. (Johanna) Lorenzo

Faculty of Law
Dep. Public International Law and European Law

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  • Nieuwe Achtergracht 166
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  • Postbus 15859
    1001 NJ Amsterdam
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    Johanna Aleria P. Lorenzo is an Assistant Professor at the Department of Public International and European Law and the Amsterdam Center for International Law (ACIL). Her teaching includes Master's courses on Principles and Foundations of International Law and International Trade Law.

    Her research and publications concentrate on development and global governance issues arising from the intersections of international economic law, international environmental law, and international human rights law. She is currently preparing to publish her doctoral dissertation (awarded by Yale Law School, the Ambrose Gherini Prize for best paper in international law), entitled ‘International Financial Institutions and International Sustainable Development Law: The Role of Safeguard Systems’. The project examined the environmental and social frameworks of the World Bank and other multilateral development banks and their independent accountability mechanisms, and scrutinized the participation of international organizations and non-State actors in the international lawmaking process relating to sustainable development. Johanna will also be conducting research linked to the Sustainable Global Economic Law Project (SGEL) project.

    Prior to joining the University of Amsterdam, she was a postdoctoral fellow in the Berlin Potsdam Research Group ‘International Rule of Law – Rise or Decline?’, where she studied the sustainable development implications of the legal and regulatory framework governing cooperation activities and infrastructure investments within the Belt and Road Initiative. She previously taught international trade law (LL.M. program) and public international law at the University of the Philippines, where she also served as assistant coach for the pioneer team that participated in the John H. Jackson Moot Court Competition (formerly, the ELSA Moot Court Competition on WTO Law). Johanna holds an LL.M. (Master of Laws) and a J.S.D. (Doctor of the Science of Law) from Yale University, New Haven, United States.

  • Publications

    A Path Toward Sustainable Development Along the Belt and Road, Journal of International Economic Law, jgab032, (25 September 2021),

    A Multilateral Track for Sustainable Development Along the Belt and Road: Aligning Country Ownership with International Rule of Law, KFG Working Paper Series, No. 47, Berlin Potsdam Research Group ‘The International Rule of Law – Rise or Decline?’ (April 2021), Available at SSRN: or

    Law, Sustainable Development, and Foreign Financing of Infrastructure: Legal Safeguards for Economic, Environmental, and Social Sustainability of Foreign-Funded Infrastructure Projects in the Philippines [Monograph] (University of the Philippines Law Center, 2020).

    Integrating Non-Economic Concerns in International Economic Organizations: Learning from the International Financial Institutions’ Approach to Sustainable Development, in Cool Heads in a Warming World: How Trade Policy Can Help Fight Climate Change (Daniel C. Esty and Susan Biniaz, eds., 2019), available at Yale Center for Environmental Law & Policy.

    International law-making in the field of sustainable development and an emerging droit commun among international financial institutions, 7 Cambridge International Law Journal 327 (2018).

    “Development” versus “Sustainable Development”?: (Re-)Constructing the International Bank for Sustainable Development, 51 Vanderbilt Journal of Transnational Law 399 (2018).

    Investment Promotion as Progressive Realization of Economic and Social Rights, 16 Asia-Pacific Journal on Human Rights and The Law 55 (2015).

    States, Societies, and Revolutions: Legal Historical Analysis of Philippine Institutions, 84 Philippine Law Journal 1003 (2010).

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