Year of election
Year of titular member


  • Dean
  • University Professor
  • James M. Tory Professor of Law

Area(s) of Expertise

  • International Environmental Law
  • International Climate Change Law
  • International Law on the Use of Force
  • Treaty Law
  • International Law Theory


Jutta Brunnée is Dean, University Professor & James Marshall Tory Dean’s Chair, University of Toronto. Dean Brunnée’s teaching and research interests are in the areas of Public International Law, International Environmental Law and International Legal Theory. She has published extensively in each of these areas. Her current research agenda explores the role of international legality and legal practices in mediating between stability and change in international law. Dean Brunnée is co-author of International Climate Change Law (OUP 2017), which was awarded the American Society of International Law’s 2018 Certificate of Merit “in a specialized area of international law” and was recently translated into Korean, and of Legitimacy and Legality in International Law: An Interactional Account (CUP 2010), which was awarded the American Society of International Law’s 2011 Certificate of Merit “for preeminent contribution to creative scholarship.” Dean Brunnée also is co-editor of the Oxford Handbook of International Environmental Law (Oxford University Press, 2007). In 1998-99, she was the “Scholar-in-Residence” in the Legal Bureau of the Canadian Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade, advising, inter alia, on matters under the Biodiversity and Climate Change Conventions. From 2006 to 2016, she served on the Board of Editors of the American Journal of International Law. She was elected Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada in 2013, and Associate of the Institut de Droit International in 2017. In 2019, she delivered a course on “Procedure and Substance in International Environmental Law” at The Hague Academy of International Law,  published in the Academy’s Collected Courses / Recueil des Cours series (2020). In 2020, Dean Brunnée was appointed University Professor, the University of Toronto’s highest and most distinguished academic rank.

Selected publications

Books (selected):

  • Procedure and Substance in International Environmental Law,in Hague Academy, Collected Courses / Receuil des Cours 405, 75 (2020).
  • Daniel Bodansky, Jutta Brunnée and Lavanya Rajamani, International Climate Change Law (Oxford University Press, May 2017).
  • Jutta Brunnée and Stephen J. Toope, Legitimacy and Legality in International Law: An Interactional Account (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, July 2010) [Recipient of the American Society of International Law’s 2011 Certificate of Merit for Preeminent Contribution to Creative Scholarship]
  • Daniel Bodansky, Jutta Brunnée and Ellen Hey (eds.), The Oxford Handbook of International Environmental Law (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2007)


Articles (selected):

  • “Treaty Amendments,” in Duncan B. Hollis, ed., The Oxford Guide to Treaties, 2nd edition (Oxford University Press, 2020) 336-354.
  • “The Rule of International (Environmental) Law and Complex Problems,” in Heike Krieger, Georg Nolte and Andreas Zimmermann, eds., The International Rule of Law: Rise or Decline (Oxford University Press, 2019) 211-231.
  • “International Law and the Practice of Legality: Stability and Change,” (2019) 49 Victoria University of Wellington Law Review 429-445 [w/ S.J. Toope].
  • “Self-Defence against Non-State Actors: Are Powerful States Willing but Unable to Change the Law?” (2018) 67 International & Comparative Law Quarterly 263-286 [w/ S.J. Toope].
  • “The Rule of Law in an Agnostic World,” in W. Werner et al. (eds.), The Law of International Lawyers – Reading Martti Koskenniemi (Cambridge University Press, 2017), 137-166 [w/ S.J. Toope]
  • “International Legal Accountability through the Lens of the Law of State Responsibility” (2005) 36 Netherlands Yearbook of International Law 3-38.
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