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Principal Research Fellow and Visiting Lecturer
Ruth Mackenzie joined the Faculty of Laws in March 2002 as Principal Research Fellow and Deputy Director of the Centre for International Courts and Tribunals (CICT).
Ruth is a director of the Project on International Courts and Tribunals. She was a lawyer at the Foundation for International Environmental Law and Development (FIELD) from 1994 to 2003, serving as director of FIELD’s Biodiversity and Marine Resources programme from 1997 onwards. Before joining FIELD, she qualified as a Solicitor of the Supreme Court of England and Wales.
Ruth has conducted numerous research and other projects in the field of international dispute settlement, focusing in particular on access of non-state actors to international courts and tribunals, and on the independence of the international judiciary. She is currently working on CICT’s AHRC project on international judicial selection processes, and acts as Co-Secretary of the International Law Association Study Group on the Practice and Procedure of International Tribunals. She is co-editor of the Manual on International Courts and Tribunals (Butterworths 1999), which is presently being revised for publication of the second edition in 2009.
Ruth has also worked extensively in the field of international environmental law and remains active in this area, particularly in relation to biodiversity and biotechnology. She has been involved in wide range of capacity-building activities associated with the Convention on Biological Diversity and the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety, and has acted as an adviser to intergovernmental and non-governmental organisations on the implementation of these and other multilateral environmental agreements. Ruth acted as a consultant to the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity during the negotiations of the Cartagena Protocol, and has since prepared a negotiating history of the Protocol for the Secretariat. She also led a three year multidisciplinary research project, funded by the UK Department for International Development, on Globalisation and the International Governance of Modern Biotechnology.
Ruth is a member of the International Law Association Committee on International Law and Biotechnology, and a member of the IUCN Commission on Environmental Law. She is an Adjunct Senior Fellow of the United Nations University Institute of Advanced Studies, and in 2005 was a Visiting Senior Fellow at Melbourne University.
Ruth’s publications include:
- Mackenzie, “Chambers of International Courts and Tribunals”, contribution to Max Planck Encyclopedia of Public International Law (Oxford University Press, forthcoming 2008)
- Mackenzie, “The Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety and the Development of International Environmental Law” in Falkner (ed), The International Politics of Genetically Modified Food, Palgrave MacMillan 2006, pp.213-228
- Mackenzie and Sands, “Judicial Selection for International Courts: towards common principles and practices” in Malleson and Russell (eds.), Appointing Judges in an Age of Judicial Power: Critical Perspectives from Around the World, University of Toronto Press 2006, pp.213-237
- Mackenzie, “The Amicus Curiae in International Courts: towards common procedural approaches?” in Treves et al. (eds.), Civil Society, International Courts and Compliance Bodies, TMC Asser Press 2005, pp. 295-311
- Newell and Mackenzie, “Whose Rules Rule? Development and the Global Governance of Biotechnology”, 35 IDS Bulletin (2004), pp. 82-91
- Mackenzie, Burhenne-Guilmin, La Viña and Werksman, Explanatory Guide to the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety, IUCN Environmental Law and Policy Paper No. 46, 2003
- Mackenzie and Sands, “International courts and tribunals and the independence of the international judge”, 44 Harvard Journal of International Law (2003) pp. 271-285
- Boisson de Chazournes, Romano and Mackenzie (eds.) International Organizations and International Dispute Settlement: Trends and Prospects, Transnational Publishers 2002
- Chinkin and Mackenzie, “Intergovernmental Organizations as ‘Friends of the Court’” in Boisson de Chazournes, Romano and Mackenzie (eds.) International Organizations and International Dispute Settlement: Trends and Prospects, Transnational Publishers 2002, pp.135-162
- Mackenzie, “Environmental Damage and Genetically Modified Organisms” in Bowman and Boyle (eds.), Environmental Damage in International and Comparative Law: Problems of Definition and Valuation, Oxford University Press 2002, pp. 63-84
- Mackenzie, “The International Regulation of Modern Biotechnology”, 13 Yearbook of International Environmental Law (2002) pp. 97-163
- Sands, Mackenzie and Shany (eds.) Manual on International Courts and Tribunals, Butterworths 1999
Ruth currently teaches on the graduate courses:
Law and Policy of International Courts and Tribunals
International Environmental Law.
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