About Risa Schwartz

Risa Schwartz has 20 years of legal expertise, having worked for international organizations, government and an international law think tank.

Risa was formerly a senior research fellow with Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI) in the International Law Research Program. In that role, she researched law and policy that supported increasing Indigenous peoples’ participation in international law and treaty making. She also published two reports relating to trade, environment and the rights of Indigenous peoples and edited a volume of papers on the implementation of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.

Risa has also held positions as counsel to the Ministry of Aboriginal Affairs in Ontario, and the Ministry of the Environment, and worked as a legal officer at the World Trade Organization in Geneva, Switzerland.  

Risa obtained her LL.B. from Osgoode Hall Law School and her LL.M. from the London School of Economics with a specialization in International and Environmental law.

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