Paolo Galizzi

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 and Visiting Professor of Law, Faculty of Law, GIMPA.


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, international human rights and he has published extensively in these areas. Professor Galizzi has worked on several developmental projects in different African countries on issues such as access to justice, criminal justice reform, climate change, customary law and human rights.