Dr. Abbas Poorhashemi, President of the Canadian Institute for International Law Expertise (CIFILE)

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Dr. Poorhashemi is the President of the Canadian Institute for International Law Expertise (CIFILE), Toronto, Ontario (since 2017). He is providing legal opinions on international law as an expert before the foreign and Canadian courts. He was an assistant professor in international law and faculty member at the University of Science and Research (IAU) for more than ten years. He has taught Public International Law, International Criminal Law, International Environmental Law, Comparative Law and other legal courses to J.D. and/or international LL.M. students for more than ten years. Furthermore, he has practiced law as a lawyer (barrister and solicitor), expert and legal adviser in International law, Criminal Law and family law in many different jurisdictions, including Canadian courts.

Dr. Poorhashemi holds a Ph.D. in International Law from the University of Strasbourg, School of Law, (France, 2005). He was also a Postdoctoral Fellow in International Law & Globalization (CEDIM, UQAM University, Canada, 2013).

His teaching and research interests are in the areas of Public International Law, International Criminal Law and International Environmental Law. He has published many books and articles in each of these areas. He is also the Editor-in-Chief of the CIFILE Journal of International Law (CJIL).

Email: Info@cifile.org    Google Scholar Profile


Post-doctoral International Law & Globalization 2012-2013

UQAM University, CEDIM, Montreal, Canada

The subject of Research: Foundation of International Environmental law, positive & critical aspects

Ph.D. in International Law  2003-2005
University of Strasbourg, School of Law, France

The subject of Thesis: « Aspects juridiques de la protection de l’environnement de la mer Caspienne.» Grade: Excellent with the congratulation of the jury

M.A., International Law 2002-2003
University of Nancy, School of Law, France

 Specialization in:

  • International Law
  • International Environmental Law
  • International Criminal Law
  • International Contract Law
  • Global Governance

Current research interests

  • Development of International Law
  • Future of International Environmental Law
  • Development of International Criminal Law
  • Environmental Law and Policy Reforms with Sustainable Development
  • Immigration and Impacts of Climate Change


-President of the Canadian Institute for International Law Expertise (CIFILE)

Toronto, Ontario, Canada    2017-Present                           

CIFILE offers and provides International Law expertise, legal training, online courses, conference, legal Research and publications. 

-Editor-in-Chief of CIFILE Journal of International Law (CJIL)

Toronto, Ontario, Canada  2019-Present                           

CIFILE Journal of International Law (CJIL) is a high-quality, open-access and peer-reviewed journal related to the Canadian Institute for International Law. http://www.cifilejournal.com/ 

-International and Foreign Law Expert witness at the Canadian courts of Justice 

Ontario and Quebec, Canada 2015-present

  • Researching legal precedents and evidence in international and foreign law
  • Providing a legal expert opinion on foreign law in Canadian courts
  • Analyzing and study on different issues that affect international clients, such as homologation of the Canadian judgment in other countries, divorces cases, inheritance and the sale of properties in other countries.

Assistant Professor of International Law 2006-2016                           

Science and Research Branch, IAU

Courses offered in international public law, international environmental law, international criminal law, international treaties etc.

-Founder & Senior Partner 20082017

M.M. International Law Firm and Dr. Poorhashemi International Law Firm                                            

  • Directing international law firm with a team of 20 lawyers, advocates, legal trainees etc.
  • Supervising and coordinated activities of attorneys at law
  • Conducting legal research and factual investigations and international law
  • Drafting pleadings, investigated public records, and filed court documents for a firm engaged in civil, criminal and international litigation Advised clients of their legal rights and all matters related to international law
  • Participated in negotiations between companies in different locations and drafting contracts in international commercial matters relating to the incorporation and organization of companies, joint ventures, expropriations, importations, purchases, sales etc.

-Associate Researcher 2012-2014

Center for the Study of International Law and Globalization (CEDIM) of the University of Québec in Montréal (UQAM), Canada  http://www.cedim.uqam.ca/spip.php?article8                     


Research interests — International law, International environmental law, international arbitration, human rights, jurisprudence, environmental criminal law, international responsibility (English, French and Persian)

Courses taught — International Law, international environmental law, international arbitration, human rights, jurisprudence, environmental criminal law, international responsibility, international treaties

Membership — International Bar Association (2010), Member of the Centre de Recherches et d’études sur les droits de l’Homme et le droit humanitaire, CREDHO-Paris University, France (2006), Member of the judging committee of the National Conference on World Environment Day (2015), Member of the Scientific Committee of the National Conference of Geography, Planning and Sustainable Development (2013), Associate Researcher of the Centre for the Study of International Law and Globalization (CEDIM) of the University of Québec in Montréal (UQAM), Canada (2012), President & Scientific Director of the Canadian Institute for International Law Expertise (CIFILE) (2017), Member of the World Commission on Environmental Law of the IUCN (2020), Affiliate Member of the International Criminal Court Bar Association ICCBA (2020).


  1. Books 
  • Art of the prison: legal punishment or sanctions?, Tehran, the judiciary Publications Centre, 2003 p .215.
  • Collection of International Law and Regulations, Tehran, MAJD publisher, 2001. ISBN: 964-6153-48-8. 392 p.

2- Articles 

Conference Presentations

2014 – Second congress of agriculture and natural resources, sustainable ways of achieving sustainable development

– Second congress of environment, energy and bio-defense

– 20th Conference of the Environmental National Association of  Green Development


– Seminar on climate change and sustainable development in the future

– A chronology of international environmental law


– Interaction between geopolitics of energy and international law

– Environmental constraints of international law on sustainable development

– Climate change in the Kyoto Protocol 1997 and United Nation Convention on climate change 1992

2013 – International Conference on the Environment and Persian Gulf geopolitics


– 28th International Conference on Electricity

– Regional cooperation for ensuring the safety and environmental protection of Persian Gulf

– Comparative Study and inefficient legal aspects of development and application of renewable energy in Iran and some countries

2012 – First international conference on the environmental crisis and its improvement


– First national conference on environmental law and natural resources, Zagros

Legal study of hospital waste management in Iran and India


– The rule of “Sovereignty” principle in international environmental law in order to protect the environment and natural resources

2011 First national conference of new technologies in health sciences, health and the environment, Tehran University of Medical Sciences Peaceful use of nuclear energy and the legal aspects of environmental protection
2009 The Third National Conference on World Environment Day Mechanisms of dispute settlement in the environmental conventions and treaties
2007 International Conference Persian Gulf, IPIS Collective security in international law, with emphasis on the need to establish a regional organization for Persian Gulf security
2005 International congress of the movement of knowledge, software movement and non-governmental thinking Interaction between power and freedom in legal system


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