Sonia Elise RollandAssociate Professor of Law
Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Paris (France), BA 1999
Université Paris-10 (France), MA 2000
University of Michigan, JD 2003
Cambridge University (UK), PhD 2009
Mail: 400 Huntington Avenue
Boston, MA 02115
Tel: (617) 373-7331
Fax: (617) 373-5056
Professor Rolland's current research focuses on the framework for development in international trade law. Her research interests include public international law, international trade law, environmental law and energy regulation. She teaches International Law, International Trade Law and International Litigation.
Professor Rolland has published on several aspects of international law. Through the exploration of different subjects, her research examines the intersection of different legal regimes to improve the understanding of an increasingly multi-layered international and transnational legal order. Her article, "The Precautionary Principle: Development of an International Standard" (23 Michigan Journal of International Law 429, 2002), has received several awards and its findings have been endorsed by the International Law Commission in a Resolution by the United Nations General Assembly.
In 2003, she joined the energy law practice of Sutherland Asbill & Brennan in Washington, DC. Her practice focused on international trade in energy commodities and the development of import infrastructure in the United States, as well as environmental regulation of oil and natural gas shipping in the United States and internationally.
Professor Rolland served as a judicial clerk at the International Court of Justice in The Hague (Netherlands) for President Gilbert Guillaume and Judge Ronny Abraham.
Prior to joining the law school faculty in 2009, she served as a visiting research scholar at Columbia University Law School in 2006 and taught as a visiting professor at the University of Michigan Law School.
Fields of Expertise
- Civil Procedure
- Development and the Law
- International Economic Law
- International Law