First degree in Law, University of Rome La Sapienza, 2004; M.S.A. with focus on the Cultural Heritage, University of Tor Vergata in Rome, 2007; LL.M. in Energy and Environmental Law, The George Washington University Law School, 2011; LL.M. General, The George Washington University Law School, 2019

Awards & Honors
Student Pro Bono Service Award 2011

Faculty Advisor
Sheila Foster

Areas of Study
Energy Law; Environmental Law; Climate Change

Chiara’s research project explores the energy transition across local, state, federal and international dimensions. One area of her investigation looks at integrating and scaling local, indigenous and traditional knowledge to advance climate mitigation and adaptation and build more resilient and just societies. Another area looks at harmonization challenges arising from global decarbonization efforts with particular focus on corporate actors.

Chiara has five years of litigation and transactional experience in civil, commercial, corporate and private international law, and was trained both in Italy and the United States. In Italy, in addition to private practice, she served for over a year in the Office of the General Counsel at the Ministry for Cultural Goods and Activities in Rome advising on matters related to the protection of the cultural heritage.

In the United States, she was invited to join Fulbright & Jaworski LLP (now Norton Rose Fulbright) corporate and securities law practice in Washington DC as a foreign associate for a short period of time to assist the firm on several corporate law matters involving Italian and US clients including a multimillion-dollar special purpose acquisition company deal and an FCPA investigation by the US Securities and Exchange Commission.

Prior to her SJD admission, Chiara was a research scholar and professional lecturer in law at American University Washington College of Law where she helped design and co-taught courses on International Energy Law and Trade Policy & Diplomacy and contributed to the Program on Environmental and Energy Law in several other ways.

At Georgetown Law, she has assisted the Georgetown Climate Center with state and federal clean transportation initiatives and has co-founded the Georgetown Energy Law Group (GELG), a student organization seeking to expand learning and networking opportunities in the field of energy law, of which she is a board member.

She recently co-authored with Professor Sheila R. Foster a chapter on local initiatives for the 3rd edition of the Global Climate Change and U.S. Law compendium edited by Professors Michael Gerrard and Jody Freeman and published by the American Bar Association.

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