Organization: Center for International Environmental Law
Based in Geneva
Chemicals and Pollution | Human Rights and Environment | Plastics
David Azoulay is the Managing Attorney of the Center for International Environmental Law’s (CIEL) Geneva Office and the Director of CIEL’s Environmental Health Program.
David Azoulay is the Managing Attorney of the Center for International Environmental Law’s (CIEL) Geneva Office and the Director of CIEL’s Environmental Health Program. He is a French attorney who studied public international law in France and Spain before specializing in environmental law. He comes to CIEL from Friends of the Earth Europe in Brussels, where he coordinated their chemical and nanotechnologies campaign. Before that, he worked as an associate in environmental law in the Paris office of Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer.
In addition to directing CIEL’s Environmental Health Program, David leads CIEL’s nanotechnology project, advocating for a precautionary approach to the development of nanotechnologies in the EU and at global level. He chairs the IPEN Nanotechnologies Working Group and coordinates NGO participation in international processes related to nanotechnologies such as at SAICM and the OECD Working Party on Manufactured Nanomaterials, among others.
David also co-leads CIEL’s plastic work, examining the environmental health aspects of it and coordinating civil society’s engagement in global policies such as the United Nation Environment Assembly (UNEA) and the Basel Convention. He also supervises CIEL’s work at the EU level to ensure that the health impacts of plastics throughout its life cycle are adequately considered in EU policy, in particular in the design of the EU circular economy strategy, and EU EDC strategy. He is also a member of IPEN’s steering committee.
David holds a master’s degree in International Public Law from the University Paris X Nanterre, a French DEA in European Politics from the University Paris III Censier, and a French DESS in environmental law from the University of Strasbourg III.