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Institut d'Études Politiques de Paris (France), BA 1999
Université Paris-10 (France), MA 2000
University of Michigan, JD 2003
Cambridge University (UK), PhD 2009


Professor Rolland's writings focus on the legal framework for sustainable and socio-economic development in international economic law. Her research interests include public international law, international economic law and development, international environmental law and energy regulation. Through the exploration of different subject matters, she examines the intersection of legal regimes to improve the understanding of an increasingly multi-layered international and transnational legal order. She teaches Public International Law, International Trade Law, International Business Transactions and Cross-Border Civil Litigation. Rolland is the 2020 winner of Northeastern University’s Award for Excellence in Research and Creative Innovation.

She is the author of two books: Emerging Powers in International Economic Law — Cooperation, Competition and Transformation (with David M. Trubek) (Cambridge University Press, 2019), and Development at the WTO (Oxford University Press; hardbound 2012, paperback 2013), which proposes a legal framework for development at the WTO, combining an analysis of substantive law and institutional perspectives. Professor Rolland has published widely in French and in English. Her writings have appeared in the Journal of International Economic Law, Harvard International Law Journal, Georgetown Immigration Law Journal, Global Community Yearbook and the European Journal of International Law, among others. Her article, “The Precautionary Principle: Development of an International Standard” (23 Michigan Journal of International Law 429, 2002), has received several awards and its findings have been endorsed by the International Law Commission in a Resolution by the General Assembly of the United Nations.

Professor Rolland has held appointments as visiting professor at Columbia University School of Law (2015) and Georgetown University, and has taught at the University of Michigan Law School. She has also lectured at the University of Cambridge, the London School of Economics, Seikei University (Tokyo) and other prominent institutions in Europe, Asia and the Pacific.

She clerked for H.E. Gilbert Guillaume and H.E. Ronny Abraham at the International Court of Justice.

In 2020, Rolland was elected to as Member of the Executive Council at the American Society of International Law. She also continues to serves as editor of the ASIL Insights. She previously served as co-chair of the International Economic Law Interest Group of the American Society of International Law (2015-2017). Professor Rolland regularly acts as an expert for international and non-governmental organizations including the United Nations (sovereign debt restructuring), the International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development (subsidies) and the India Institute of Foreign Trade (WTO negotiations).

Fields of Expertise

  • Civil Procedure
  • Climate Change
  • Energy
  • International Law
  • International Courts
  • International Economic Law
  • International Organizations
  • Sustainable Development
  • Trade Law
  • WTO Law

Selected Works

Sonia Elise E. Rolland

Professor of Law


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