Céline Lévesque is a senior fellow with CIGI’s International Law Research Program (ILRP), effective April 2016. She is also dean and full professor at the Faculty of Law, Civil Law Section, University of Ottawa, where her research focuses on international investment law.
At CIGI, Céline is contributing to the ILRP’s Investor State Arbitration project. Her current research is focused on the European Union’s latest proposals for a permanent system for the resolution of investor-state disputes.
Céline has taught courses on international investment law as well as public international law at the University of Ottawa. She has written extensively in the field of international investment law, including many publications on NAFTA Chapter 11 (Investment) and on Canadian international investment treaty practice. Céline assumed the position of dean in July 2014, for a five-year term. She has previously served as vice-dean (Academic) of the Civil Law Section.
Prior to that, Céline was a scholar-in-residence at the Trade Law Bureau of the Canadian Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade from 2008 to 2009. In that capacity, she contributed to the defence of NAFTA Chapter 11 claims and to bilateral investment treaty negotiations. From 1995 to 1998, she worked at the World Bank in Washington, DC, in a group focused on private participation in infrastructure. She was involved in projects dealing with public-private partnerships in the water and energy sectors, especially in Western Africa. In this role, Céline participated in missions in Guinea, Ivory Coast, Mauritania and Senegal.