Risa Schwartz

Risa Schwartz is a sole practitioner, focusing on international law and the intersections between trade and investment law, environmental law and Indigenous rights. Risa formerly worked as a senior research fellow at CIGI, as counsel to the Ministry of Aboriginal Affairs in Ontario and the Ministry of the Environment, and as a legal officer at the WTO.

Photo of Risa Schwartz
Expertise
International and Intergovernmental Negotiations
Development and Implementation of Policy into Law
International Indigenous Law
International Environmental Law
Trade, Investment and the Environment
Traditional Knowledge

Bio

Risa Schwartz is a sole practitioner, focusing on international law and the intersections between trade and investment law, environmental law and Indigenous rights. Risa formerly worked as a senior research fellow at CIGI, as counsel to the Ministry of Aboriginal Affairs in Ontario and the Ministry of the Environment, and as a legal officer at the WTO. Risa has co-edited two recent books on Indigenous rights and international law: Braiding Legal Orders: Implementing the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (CIGI Press, 2019) and the forthcoming publication, Indigenous Peoples and International Trade: Building Equitable and Inclusive International Trade and Investment Agreements (Cambridge University Press, 2020).

In the News

From this expert

Title Topic Type PDF
Modernizing the World Trade Organization WTO Essay Series
A Proposal for a Joint Declaration on Trade and Indigenous Peoples Trade, WTO Opinion
Braiding Legal Orders: Implementing the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples Indigenous Peoples Books
Resource Extraction and the Human Rights of Women and Girls Gender, Human Rights Event
Toward a Trade and Indigenous Peoples' Chapter in a Modernized NAFTA Indigenous Peoples, NAFTA/CUSMA CIGI Papers
The Case for Adding an Indigenous Chapter to NAFTA Indigenous Peoples, NAFTA/CUSMA Opinion
Indigenous Participation in NAFTA Renegotiations Roundtable Indigenous Peoples, NAFTA/CUSMA Event
UNDRIP Implementation: Braiding International, Domestic and Indigenous Laws Human Rights, Indigenous Peoples Special Reports
Small-but-mighty Wallonia Model for Indigenous Peoples Indigenous Peoples Opinion
Standing Rock Win Echoes Around World Indigenous Peoples Opinion
CCIL 45th Annual Conference Indigenous Peoples Event
A Protest Upon the Plain: The Stand at Standing Rock Indigenous Peoples Opinion
The Indigenous Bar Association’s 28th Annual Fall Conference Indigenous Peoples Event
Realizing Indigenous Rights in International Environmental Law Climate Change, Indigenous Peoples CIGI Papers