dr. David Rossati, LLM

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David Rossati is an assistant professor of public international law in the Transnational Legal Studies department of the VU Faculty of Law. He has expertise in international climate change law and international economic law with general research interests in the law and theory of institutional complexes. His recent work focuses on the implementation of international climate finance commitments and of the carbon market mechanisms under the Paris Agreement.

He regularly serves as advisor for NGOs on legal aspects of the UN climate change regime and on the regulatory frameworks of development finance institutions.

He directs the VU Climate Change & Sustainability Law Clinic with dr. Clemens Kaupa.

David Rossati holds a PhD and an LLM in International Law from the University of Edinburgh, where he has also taught International Climate Change Law as a visiting lecturer. Before joining the VU Faculty of Law in 2020, he worked as a Lecturer in Law at the University of Salford in Manchester.

He is an affiliate member of the Manchester International Law Centre, a member of the Editorial Board of Oxford International Organizations, of the Law & Development Research Network, and of the Amsterdam Law & Technology Institute.


David Rossati coordinates and teaches in the following courses:

  • International Law on Climate Change and Sustainability (LLM)
  • Fundamental Issues of International Economic Law (LLM)
  • VU Climate Change and Sustainability Law Clinic (LLM)
  • Climate Change (Bachelor Law in Society)

He also teaches in the Climate Change Law course of the Minor Law and Global Society, and supervises LLM and bachelor students in their final dissertations.