Gian Luca Burci

Prof. Gian Luca Burci

 – Adjunct Professor of International Law, Senior Fellow, Global Health Centre, Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, Geneva; Former Legal Counsel, World Health Organization

Gian Luca Burci was named Adjunct Professor at the Graduate Institute of Geneva in 2012. He previously served in the Legal Office of the World Health Organization since 1998 and was its Legal Counsel from April 2005 until his retirement in February 2016. Professor Burci previously served as Legal Officer at the International Atomic Energy Agency in Vienna in 1988-1989 and in the Office of the Legal Counsel of the United Nations in New York from 1989 to 1998. At the Graduate Institute he teaches global health law and the law and practice of international organizations. He is also the director of the joint LLM in Global Health Law and International Institutions programme in partnership with Georgetown University. Among other professional achievements, he was closely involved in the negotiation and implementation of the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control, the revision and implementation of the International Health Regulations (2005), WHO’s response to the 2014-2016 Ebola outbreak and WHO reform. Prof. Burci holds a post graduate degree in law from the Università degli Studi di Genova, Italy. His areas of expertise are public international law, the law of international organisations as well as global health governance and law. Prof. Burci is the co-author of the leading English book on WHO, editor of the first research collection on global health law, co-editor of the first research handbook on the same topic and author of numerous articles and book chapters on the law and practice of international organizations, international immunities as well as global health law and governance.