Member, Expert Advisory Group

Patrícia Galvão Teles

Professor Patrícia Galvão Teles has been member of the United Nations International Law Commission (ILC) since 2017 and Auxiliary Professor of International Law at the
Autonomous University of Lisbon since 2002. She is also a member of the Permanent Court of Arbitration since 2016 and is currently Vice-President of the Portuguese Society for International Law. She is Adjunct Senior Researcher at the Centre for International Law (CIL) of the National University of Singapore and Co-Director of the CIL eAcademy 2020 – Singapore Academy of International Law.

At the International Law Commission, she was General Rapporteur at the 70th Session in 2018 and co-author of the topic on the Long-Term Programme of Work “Sea level rise in relation to International Law.” In 2019, she was appointed Co-chair of the Study Group on “Sea level rise in relation to International Law”.

At the Autonomous University of Lisbon, she teaches currently an undergraduate course on “Public International Law” and Master Courses on “Trends in International Law” and “Just War in International Law”. She has also taught undergraduate and graduate courses, among others, on “Human Rights”, “International Humanitarian Law”, “International Criminal Law” and “EU Law”. She has taught many other subjects at several other Portuguese Universities, Military Institutes and the Diplomatic Academy, and lectures frequently in Portugal and abroad. During the current academic year, she was Visiting Fellow at the Graduate Institute for International and Development Studies in Geneva and Guest Professor at the Catholic University of Lisbon and at ISCTE – University Institute of Lisbon.

She has also been teaching in the International Law Seminar of the ILC in Geneva, in the United Nations Regional Courses in International Law in Addis Ababa, Santiago de Chile and Bangkok and in the International Law Fellowship Programme in The Hague and has lectured in the United Nations Audiovisual Library of International Law. She served as Director of Studies of the English Session during the 2013 Public International Law Summer Session of the Hague Academy of International Law.

Professor Galvão Teles is also Senior Legal Adviser on International Law at the Legal Department of the Portuguese Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Previously, she was Legal Adviser at the Portuguese Permanent Representation to the European Union in Brussels (2008-2015) and Legal Consultant on International Law at the Legal Department of the Portuguese Ministry of Foreign Affairs (2001-2008).

Professor Galvão Teles has published widely in different areas of international law. She is Co-Editor of the Portuguese Yearbook of International Law and a Researcher at Observare (Research Centre for External Relations of the Autonomous University of Lisbon). She is a member of the Committee for the Jean Pictet Competition – Training and Simulations in International Humanitarian Law. She completed her PhD in International Law in 2002 at the Graduate Institute for International and Development Studies in Geneva. She holds a master degree in International Law from the same Institute (1995), after having graduated in Law at the Faculty of Law of the University of Lisbon (1993).