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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. Laurence BOISSON DE CHAZOURNES was among the 20 women selected.

Laurence is a Professor at the University of Geneva and the Director of the Platform for International Water Law. She is widely published in the areas of international environmental law, international water law and dispute settlement. She received the Elizabeth Haub Prize for Environmental Law (2008) and she is a member of the Global High-Level Panel on Water and Peace. Since 2011, she has been a member of the Human Rights Council Advisory Committee. A Senior Counsel to the World Bank between 1995 and 1999, Laurence has since then advised international organizations as well as States. She is also a counsel before the International Court of Justice (ICJ) and has acted in renowned international environmental law cases (Legality of the Threat or Use of Nuclear Weapons (1996), Pulp Mills on the River Uruguay (2010) and Whaling in the Antarctic (2014)). She also acts as an arbitrator in investor-State disputes.