Anne Saab 11.2021


Co-Director, LL.M in International Law
Faculty Associate, Center for International Environmental Studies
Spoken languages
Dutch, English, French
Areas of expertise
  • Agriculture, land and rural development
  • Climate, climate change, natural disasters
  • Human rights
  • International law (public, private)


Anne Saab joined the Graduate Institute as an Assistant Professor in International Law in 2015. She was promoted to Associate Professor in 2021 and has been serving as Co-Director of the LL.M. in International Law programme since 2018. Anne obtained a PhD in International Law from the London School of Economics in 2015, an LL.M. from King’s College London in 2009, and an LLB from Leiden University in 2008. Her areas of interest and expertise include food and agriculture, climate change, intellectual property law and more recently, emotions and international law. Her first monograph entitled, Narratives of Hunger in International Law: Feeding the World in Times of Climate Change, was published by Cambridge University Press in 2019. Prior to entering academia, Anne worked as a legal advisor and policy officer at the Ministry of Agriculture and Economic Affairs and at the Foreign Office in The Hague.



Narratives of Hunger in International Law: Feeding the World in Times of Climate Change (Cambridge Studies in International and Comparative Law, Cambridge University Press, 2019).

Journal Articles and Book Chapters:

  • ‘Discourses of Fear on Climate Change in International Human Rights Law’ European Journal of International Law, forthcoming 2023.
  • ‘What’s the Use of Food Regime Analysis for International Law?’ in M. Roberts, Research Handbook on International Food Law, Edward Elgar, forthcoming 2023
  • Emotions and International LawESIL Reflections 10(3) (2021)
  • ‘Fear and International Law-Making: an Exploratory Inquiry’, co-authored with Andrea Bianchi, Leiden Journal of International Law 32(3) 2019: 351-365.
  • ‘GMOs’ in J. Viñuales and E. Lees, Oxford Handbook of Comparative Environmental Law, Oxford University Press 2019.
  • ‘International Law and Feeding the World in Times of Climate Change’, Transnational Legal Theory 9(3-4) 2018: 288-301.
  • ‘An International Law Approach to Food Regime Theory’, Leiden Journal of International Law, 31(2) 2018: 251-265.
  • ‘Climate-Resilient Crops and International Climate Change Adaptation Law’, Leiden Journal of International Law 29(2), June 2016: 503-528.
  • ‘Climate-Ready Seeds and Patent Rights: A Question of Climate (in) Justice?’, Global Jurist 15(2), 2015: 19-35.
  • ‘A Legal Inquiry into Hunger and Climate Change: Climate-Ready Seeds in the Neoliberal Food Regime’, PhD thesis, London School of Economics, Department of Law, September 2015.

Book Reviews:

  • Reflections on The Sentimental Life of International Law’ Humanity Journal, 2022 
  • 'Managing Facts and Feelings in Environmental Governance edited by Squintani, Lorenzo, Darpö, Jan, Lavrysen, Luc and Stoll, Peter‐Tobias (Edward Elgar, 2019)', Review of European, Comparative & International Environmental Law (November 2020)

Works in progress:

  • Emotions and International Law (single-authored monograph)
  • ‘Of Hope and Anger in Climate Change Litigation’ (single-authored article)

Research Projects

Swiss National Science Foundation (SNF) project grant
Title: ‘Emotions and International Law
Period: September 2023 – September 2027


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