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Dr Gracia Marin Duran
  • Senior Lecturer in International Economic Law
  • Faculty of Laws

Gracia Marín Durán joined the UCL Faculty of Laws as a Senior Lecturer/Associate Professor in September 2017. Before coming to UCL, she was a Senior Lecturer and founding Director of the LLM Programme in International Economic Law at the University of Edinburgh School of Law (2011-2017). She holds a PhD in law from the European University Institute (Florence, Italy), a MA in International Law and International Economics from the Johns Hopkins University-SAIS (Washington D.C., USA), and a BA in European Studies from UCL (London, UK). Prior to joining academia, she gained practical experience in these fields, notably serving as trade officer at the Delegation of the European Union to the Republic of South Africa (2009-2011) and working at the Legal Affairs Division of the World Trade Organisation (2007).

Gracia has taught at several other universities, including as a Visiting Lecturer at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies (since September 2015). In 2014-2015, she was a Visiting Research Fellow at said institution and at the World Trade Organisation, where she undertook research on the balance between trade liberalisation and other public policy objectives under WTO law. She is an elected member of the Executive Council of the Society of International Economic Law (since December 2015) and an invited member (since September 2014) of the Academic Board advising on the international moot court competition on WTO law (organised by European Law Student Association with WTO support).

Gracia has extensive experience in providing legal consultancy and pro bono advice on trade and trade-related matters to international organisations, governmental institutions and non-governmental organisations. Indicatively, in 2012-2013, she was co-leader/co-investigator in a consultancy project for the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) on its standard-setting function and global impact, and since May 2017 is an invited a member of the External Experts Panel advising the Scottish Parliament on the trade-related implications of Brexit.

Research Summary

Gracia’s research interests lie generally in EU external relations law and WTO law, which are also the core areas of her teaching portfolio. More specifically, her research agenda has been nurtured by an interest in the ever growing and complex interface between international trade liberalisation and environmental protection. She has published widely on the use and promotion of environmental protection standards in the EU’s external economic policies, as well as on the balance between trade liberalisation and environmental protection objectives under WTO law.

Teaching Summary

Current Teaching


Public International Law (LAWS0027): Lecturer


EU Trade and External Relations Law (LAWS0213): Convenor and lecturer

Law of the World Trade Organisation (LAWS0047): Convenor and lecturer

Foundations and Principles of International Law (LAWS0153): Lecturer

International and Global Environmental Law (LAWS0057): Lecturer

Law and Policy of Climate Change (LAWSG181): Lecturer

PhD Supervision

Gracia welcomes approaches for supervision of PhD candidates in the areas of EU external relations law and international economic law.

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