Ph.D., University of Genoa, Italy
Gian Luca Burci was named Adjunct Professor at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies of Geneva in 2012. He served in the Legal Office of the World Health Organization since 1998 and was its Legal Counsel from April 2005 until its retirement in February 2016.
Professor Burci previously served as Legal Officer at the International Atomic Energy Agency in Vienna in 1998-1999 and in the Office of the Legal Counsel of the United Nations in New York for nearly a decade. At the Graduate Institute he teaches international health law within the framework of the joint LLM in Global Health Law and International Institutions Programme in partnership with Georgetown University, as well as a course on the law and practice of the United Nations.
Among other professional achievements, he was closely involved in the negotiation and implementation of the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control and its Protocol to Eliminate Illicit Trade in Tobacco Products, 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 organizations 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 and contributor to the first research handbook on global health law, and author of numerous articles and book chapters.