Co-Director, LL.M programme' and 'Associated Faculty, Centre 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 has been Assistant Professor in International Law at the Graduate Institute since 2015 and Co-Director of the LL.M programme since 2018. She 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 LL.B from Leiden University in 2008. Anne’s 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, will be 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 University Press, forthcoming 2019)

Journal Articles and Book Chapters:

  • ‘Fear and International Law-Making: an Exploratory Inquiry’, co-authored with Andrea Bianchi, Leiden Journal of International Law (forthcoming 2019).
  • ‘International Law and Feeding the World in Times of Climate Change’, Transnational Legal Theory 2018 (published online 28 December 2018).
  • ‘An International Law Approach to Food Regime Theory’, Leiden Journal of International Law, 31(2) 2018: 251-265.
  • ‘GMOs’ in J. Vinuales and E. Lees, Oxford Handbook of Comparative Environmental Law, forthcoming 2019.
  • ‘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.

Works in progress:

  • ‘Global WarNing: Fear, Climate Change, and International Law’, submitted to a peer-reviewed journal, November 2018.
  • ‘From Colonialism to Biocolonialism: Locke’s Labour Theory of Property and Patents on Genetic Resources’, journal article in progress.
  • ‘Intellectual Property Rights in the Paris Climate Agreement’, journal article in progress.

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