J.D. 1989, Harvard Law School
M.Phil. in Criminology, Cambridge University
B.A., University of Leeds
Ileana Porras, senior lecturer, holds a B.A. honors from the University of Leeds in English literature and philosophy, an M. Phil. in criminology from Cambridge University and a J.D. cum laude from Harvard Law School (1989). In 1991-1992 she was awarded a Ford Fellowship in International Law at Harvard Law School, during which time she also served as Costa Rican Delegate to UNCED 1992. In 1992-3 she served as a Senior Fellow at Harvard Law School and taught a class in international environmental law.
From 2008-2010 Porras was Visiting Professor at the Watson Institute of International Studies at Brown University and Director of the Brown International Advanced Research Institutes. She has been Visiting Professor at the Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law at Arizona State University and at Boston College Law School. She was Professor of Law at the University of Utah from 1993-1999. She has also taught at the Universidad de la Paz, San José, Costa Rica, at the Erik Castrén Institute of International Law and Human Rights, University of Helsinki and since 2005 she has taught regularly at the Faculté de Droit, Université Paris V, France.
Porras teaches in the fields of international law, (including international legal theory, European Union law, the international law of sustainable development, international environmental law, and trade and environment) and property law. Her scholarship in international law has been primarily concerned with issues of violence, colonialism, trade, and the environment.
Most recently her work has focused on the subject of the city and sustainable development. She is the author of Liberal Cosmopolitanism or Cosmopolitan Liberalism?Notes from International Law, in Parochialism, Cosmopolitanism, and the Foundations of International Law, Mortimer Sellers (ed.), (Cambridge University Press: 2011) and European Origins, the Doctrine of the Providential Function of Commerce and International Law’s Embrace of Economic Growth, Panel on Complex History of International Law, 107 Proceedings of the American Society of International Law (2013).