As part of the International Women's Day 2016 a call for nominations for Geneva-based inspirational women working to protect the environment was launched in February 2016. A total of 160 submissions were received, including women working for inter-governmental, non-governmental, governmental and business organizations, academic institutions and civil society. A committee selected 20 of these inspirational women to be part of an exhibition celebrating their achievements, launched on 8 March 2016, on the occasion of International Women’s Day. Nathalie BERNASCONI-O. was among the 20 women selected.
Nathalie is a senior international lawyer and heads the Economic Law & Policy work of the International Institute on Sustainable Development (IISD). She has extensive legal, policy and training experience in the area of international trade, investment, sustainable development, international environmental law, human rights and arbitration. Nathalie previously managed the Geneva office of the Center for International Environmental Law after working as a senior attorney with the Center in Washington D.C. For several years she worked in Hanoi, Vietnam, for a legal reform project of the UNDP and for the Australian law firm Phillips Fox. In Switzerland, Nathalie is admitted to the Bar of Basel and has worked for the Justice Department, Berne, in the Section for International Law. She is devoted to making economic frameworks, institutions and processes more just and sustainable from an environmental, social and economic perspective.