Dr Stephanie Switzer



Personal statement

Dr Stephanie Switzer is a recognised expert in the fields of International Trade Law and Global Health Law. She works and practices in these fields and together with colleagues, has collaborated with international organisations such as the Convention on Biological Diversity and the Food and Agriculture Organisation on policy relevant research and consultancies. She was also recently invited to participate in a closed-door workshop organised by the World Health Organization on access and benefit sharing of pathogens. Stephanie’s work is at the intersection of the law and policy of the World Trade Organisation, health law and regulatory governance. She is a founding member of the Strathclyde Centre for Environmental Law and Governance and a Lecturer at the University of Strathclyde Law School in Glasgow, Scotland. She has held a large number of leadership roles while at Strathclyde and was Associate Dean Postgraduate (Taught) for the HaSS Faculty from 2015 until 2017. She is currently the Director of the LLM in International Commercial Law and has advised other UK Universities on their postgraduate programmes. She also co-organised the XVI instalment of the IUCN Academy of Environmental Law in 2018 and supervises doctoral projects in her fields of expertise. She is a Member of the Law Society of Scotland's Education and Training subcommittee and played a leading role in the development of Strathclyde's English Law programmes. 


Brexit and the Trade Bill : The Civil Society Brexit Project
Switzer Stephanie
Study Into Criteria to Identify a Specialized International Access and Benefit-sharing Instrument, and a Possible Process for Its Recognition
Morgera Elisa, Switzer Stephanie, Tsioumani Elsa
Liminal spaces : special and differential treatment as an incompletely theorised agreement
Switzer Stephanie
Manchester Journal of International Economic Law Vol 15, pp. 62-84 (2018)
Ebola and the airplane - securing mobility through regime interactions and legal adaptation
Ó Cuinn Gearóid , Switzer Stephanie
Leiden Journal of International Law (2018)
A contract theory approach to special and differential treatment and the WTO
Switzer Stephanie
Journal of International Trade Law and Policy Vol 16, pp. 126 - 140 (2017)
Footloose and fancy free : state aid after Brexit
Switzer Stephanie
Edinburgh Law Review (2017)

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Global Health Law, Law of the World Trade Organisation 

Research interests

Regime interactions; special and differential treatment; Law of the World Trade Organisation; Global health Law 

Professional activities

Law Society of Scotland's Trade Policy Working Group (External organisation)
An Overview of the Trade Bill
IUCN Academy of Environmental Law 16th Annual Colloquium
External Advisor - Validation event - LLM in International Commercial Law, Aston Law School (Event)
World Health Organisation, in collaboration with the UN Convention on Biodiversity, closed workshop on Facilitating access and benefit sharing (ABS) for pathogens to support public health.
Current Issues in WTO dispute settlement

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Nagoya Protocol Article 4(4)
Switzer, Stephanie (Co-investigator) Morgera, Elisa (Principal Investigator) Tsioumani, Elsa (Co-investigator)
Study on behalf of Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity.
01-Jan-2017 - 15-Jan-2018
JARA Studentship - Iyan Offor
Switzer, Stephanie (Principal Investigator) Cardesa-Salzmann, Antonio (Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2017 - 30-Jan-2020
Legislative Study on the Right to Water for Food and Agriculture
Switzer, Stephanie (Researcher) Morgera, Elisa (Principal Investigator) Vermeylen, Saskia (Co-investigator) Webster, Elaine (Co-investigator) Sindico, Francesco (Co-investigator)
Legislative Study on the Right to Water for Food and Agriculture - Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)
10-Jan-2017 - 31-Jan-2018

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