Jutta Brunée
Dean, University Professor & James Marshall Tory Dean’s Chair

Jackman Law Building
78 Queen's Park
Toronto, Ontario M5S 2C5 

Tel.: 416-978-3718

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. Her current research agenda explores the role of international legality and legal practices in mediating between stability and change in international law. 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.” Dean Brunnée also is co-editor of the Oxford Handbook of International Environmental Law (Oxford University Press, 2007). 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. From 2006 to 2016, she served on the Board of Editors of the American Journal of International Law. 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,  published in the Academy's Collected Courses / Recueil des Cours series (2020). In 2020, Dean Brunnée was appointed University Professor, the University of Toronto’s highest and most distinguished academic rank.

Diplôme d'études françaises du 2ième degree - Université de Dijon, France (1982)
Referendar Juris (First State Examination) - Rhineland Palatinate, Germany (1985)
LL.M. - Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia (1987)
Doctor of Laws (summa cum laude) - Johannes Gutenberg-Universität, Mainz, Germany (1989)
Assessor Juris (Second State Examination) - Ministry of Justice, Hessen, Germany (1989)
Academic appointments
Dean, Faculty of Law (2021)
Interim Dean, Faculty of Law (2014)
Adjunct Professor, New York University School of Law (2013)
Associate Dean, Graduate Studies (2010-2014)
Visiting Professor (Intensive Course), Institut des Hautes Etudes Internationales, Université Panthéon-Assas (Paris II) (February 16-20, 2009)
Visiting Professor (Intensive Course), Faculty of Law, University of Auckland (April 4-5 and 11-13, 2007)
Professor of Law, Faculty of Law (2000)
Awards and distinctions
Delivered course at The Hague Academy of International Law (2019)
Certificate of Merit “in a specialized area of international law” (American Society of International Law, 2018)
Elected Associate of the Institut de Droit International (2017)
Elected Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada (2013)
Certificate of Merit for a Preeminent Contribution to Creative Scholarship (American Society of International Law, 2011)
Other service
Member, Advisory Board, Transnational Environmental Law (2020-)
Co-Rapporteur, Commission on Harm Prevention Rules Applicable to the Global Commons, Institut de Droit International (2019-)
Chair, Academic Advisory Board, Max-Planck-Institute for International and Foreign Public Law, Heidelberg (2019-)
Member, Editorial Advisory Board, Global Constitutionalism (2010-)
Member, Board of Editors, American Journal of International Law (2006-16)
Member, Board of Editors, International Theory (2007-)
Member, Editorial Advisory Board, Climate Law (2008-)
Member, Board, European Society of International Law (2010-2014)
Member, Committee on The Legal Principles relating to Climate Change, International Law Association (2009-2014)
Selected publications
Procedure and Substance in International Environmental Law, in Hague AcademyCollected Courses / Receuil des Cours Vol. 405, 75 (2020).
“Limitation of the Use of Force,” in Kindred's International Law – Chiefly as Interpreted and Applied in Canada, 9th edition (Emond Montgomery, 2019), 859-942 (Chapter 11).

The Rule of International (Environmental) Law and Complex Problems,” in Heike Krieger, Georg Nolte and Andreas Zimmermann, eds., The International Rule of Law: Rise or Decline (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2019), 211-231.

Norm Robustness and Contestation in International Law: Self-Defence against Non-State Actors,” (2019) 4/1 Journal of Global Security Studies 73-87 [w/ S.J. Toope].

International Law and the Practice of Legality: Stability and Change,” (2019) 49 Victoria University of Wellington Law Review 429-445 [w/ S.J. Toope].

Community Obligations in International Environmental Law: Procedural Aspects,” in Eyal Benvenisti and Georg Nolte, eds., Community Obligations across International Law (Oxford University Press, 2018), 150-175.

"Challenging International Law: What's New?", Keynote Address to the annual conference of the Canadian Council on International Law, Ottawa, on November 2, 2018 [for Part II, see this link; for Part III, see this link].

“Völkerrechtskritik: Gestern und Heute (Critiques of International Law: Then and Now),” in Dethloff/Nolte/Reinisch, eds., Rückblick nach 100 Jahren und Ausblick – MigrationsbewegungenBerichte der Deutschen Gesellschaft für Völkerrecht (Proceedings of the German Society of International Law), Volume 49 (Heidelberg: C.F. Müller Verlag, 2018) 167-191.

Self-Defence against Non-State Actors: Are Powerful States Willing but Unable to Change the Law?”(2018) 67 International & Comparative Law Quarterly 263-286 [w/ S.J. Toope].

"Interactional Legal Theory, the International Rule of Law and Global Constitutionalism," in Anthony F. Lang and Antje Wiener, eds., Handbook of Global Constitutionalism (Cheltenham: Edward Elgar, 2017) 170-182.

International Climate Change Law (Oxford University Press, May 2017) [Daniel Bodansky, Jutta Brunnée and Lavanya Rajamani].

The Sources of International Environmental Law: Interactional Law,” in Samantha Besson and Jean d’Aspremont, eds., The Oxford Handbook on Sources of International Law (Oxford University Press, 2017) 960-983.

The Rule of Law in an Agnostic World,” in W. Werner et al., eds., The Law of International Lawyers - Reading Martti Koskenniemi (Cambridge University Press, 2017), 137-166 [w/ S.J. Toope].
"Procedure and Substance in International Environmental Law: Confused at a Higher Level," Reflections on International Law,European Society of International Law (June 2016).
Transparency and International Environmental Institutions,”in Andrea Bianchi & Anne Peters, eds., Transparency in International Law (Cambridge University Press, 2013), 23-48 [w/ E. Hey].
"International Environmental Law," in Tony Carty, ed., Oxford Bibliographies Online: International Law - Oxford Bibliography on International Law (2013).

"Constructivism and International Law" in Jeffrey L. Dunoff and Mark A. Pollack, eds., Interdisciplinary Perspectives on International Law and International Relations: The State of the Art (Cambridge University Press, 2012) 119-145 [w/ S.J. Toope].

Promoting Compliance in an Evolving Climate Change Regime (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2012) [edited with Meinhard Doelle and Lavanya Rajamani].

Legitimacy and Legality in International Law: An Interactional Account (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, July 2010) [w/ S.J. Toope].

Interactional International Law: An Introduction,” (2011) 3 International Theory 307-318 (introduction for book symposium on Legitimacy and Legality in International Law) [w/ S.J. Toope].

The Oxford Handbook of International Environmental Law (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2007); edited jointly with Professors Daniel Bodansky and Ellen Hey.

Research areas
Environmental Law
International Law
Legal Theory

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