While Washington’s actions at this month's summit have drawn much criticism, when it comes to climate action, the real disappointment may lie with the other members of the G7, writes Maria Banda.
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International law and policy expert
Dr. Maria L. Banda, an international law and policy expert, is a Graham fellow at the University of Toronto Faculty of Law. She previously practiced law in Washington, D.C., focusing on public international law, international arbitration, and international litigation, and worked with several international organizations, including the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, the International Labour Organization, and the World Trade Organization in Geneva, Switzerland, as well as the UN Special Representative’s team on Business and Human Rights at the Harvard Kennedy School. She is a graduate of the University of Toronto (Hon. BA), Harvard Law School (J.D.), and Oxford University (D.Phil., International Relations), where she studied as a Rhodes and a Trudeau scholar. Dr. Banda is also a visiting attorney at the Environmental Law Institute in Washington, D.C., a member of the IUCN World Commission on Environmental Law, a senior fellow at the Canadian International Council, and an advisor to the Canadian Centre on the Responsibility to Protect.
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