Maria Banda

Senior Fellow

Dr. Maria L. Banda is an international lawyer and IR expert.  She is currently the Graham Fellow at the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Law.  She writes and consults on international and environmental law, climate change, global governance, and Canada-U.S. relations.  Previously she practiced law in Washington, D.C., focusing on public international law, international arbitration, and international litigation, and worked with several international organizations, including the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, the International Labour

Organization, and the World Trade Organization in Geneva, Switzerland, as well as the UN Special Representative’s team on Business and Human Rights at the Harvard Kennedy School. She clerked for Justice Ian Binnie and Justice Michael Moldaver at the Supreme Court of Canada.  She is a graduate of the University of Toronto (Hon. BA), Harvard Law School (J.D.), and Oxford University (D.Phil., International Relations), where she studied as a Rhodes and a Trudeau Scholar.

Maria is also a Visiting Attorney at the Environmental Law Institute in Washington, D.C., a member of the IUCN World Commission on Environmental Law, and an Advisor to the Canadian Centre on the Responsibility to Protect.

Featured Publications

Maria L. Banda, The Bottom-Up Alternative: The Mitigation Potential of Private Climate Governance after the Paris Agreement, Harvard Environmental Law Review (forthcoming)

Maria L. Banda & Scott Fulton, Litigating Climate Change in National Courts: Recent Trends and Developments in Global Climate Law, Envtl. L. Rep. 47 (2017): 10121-34

Maria L. Banda, “How domestic forces could help prevent Trump from dismantling U.S. climate efforts,, 2 June 2017.

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