Risa Schwartz

Lawyer | Risa Schwartz International Law (Toronto, Canada)

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 with Centre for International Governance Innovation’s International Law Research Program. Risa 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 in Toronto and her LL.M. from the London School of Economics in London, England in international and environmental law. Risa has co-edited two recent books on Indigenous rights and international law:  Braiding Legal Orders (McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2019) and Indigenous Peoples and International Trade:  Building equitable and inclusive International Trade and Investment Agreements (Cambridge University Press, June 2020).

Risa lives in Toronto with her new puppy Lola who is providing excellent company while she works from home.