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). He is an academic and expert in international law. His practice, 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), Canada.

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). He was an assistant professor and faculty member at the University of Science and Research (IAU) for more than ten years. He taught international law, international criminal law, international environmental law, international treaties, and settlement of international disputes to J.D. and/or international LL.M. students. He has been a supervisor, Director and co-director of more than 200 dissertations and thesis of international law. 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.

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

Courses taught — International Law, International criminal law, international environmental law, 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), Editor-in-Chief of the CIFILE Journal of International Law (CJIL), Member of the World Commission on Environmental Law of the IUCN (2020), Affiliate Member of the International Criminal Court Bar Association ICCBA (2020).

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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

Montreal, Canada 2015-present

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                     



  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 

Future of International Law

Dr. Abbas Poorhashemi, Impacts of the Coronavirus COVID-19 on Legal Professionals, Law Technology Today (LTT), American Bar Association, September 2020, https://www.lawtechnologytoday.org/2020/09/impacts-of-the-coronavirus-covid-19-on-legal-professionals/
Dr. Abbas Poorhashemi, Impacts de la COVID-19 sur les professions du droit : défis et opportunités, juriblogue, Canada, 27 AOÛT 2020, https://juriblogue.ca/impacts-de-la-covid-19-sur-les-professions-du-droit-defis-et-opportunites/
Dr Abbas Poorhashemi, À quoi ressemblera le monde post-COVID-19?, Droit-Inc, Canada, 12 August 2020, http://www.droit-inc.com/article27190-A-quoi-ressemblera-le-monde-post-COVID-19
Dr. Abbas Poorhashemi, Accord Canada – États-Unis – Mexique (ACEUM): beaucoup de bruit pour presque rien?, Village Justice, France, July 07, 2020, https://www.village-justice.com/articles/accord-canada-etats-unis-mexique-aceum-beaucoup-bruit-pour-presque-rien,36012.html
Dr. Abbas Poorhashemi, Bonne gouvernance dans la crise sanitaire mondiale (Dans l’ombre de la pandémie COVID-19), AgoraVox, France, July 25, 2020, https://www.agoravox.fr/tribune-libre/article/bonne-gouvernance-dans-la-crise-225968
Dr. Abbas Poorhashemi, Is COVID-19 an opportunity to create a New United Nations? A Lesson from World War II, Thelawgazette, August 24, 2020, https://www.thelawgazette.org/post/covid-19-an-opportunity-to-create-a-new-united-nations-a-lesson-from-world-war-ii
Dr. Abbas Poorhashemi, What will International Law be Like in a Post-Corona World? Facts & Arts, September 03, 2020, https://www.factsandarts.com/current-affairs/what-will-international-law-be-post-corona-world
Dr. Abbas Poorhashemi, US Sanctions Against the International Criminal Court: Where is International Law Going?, JURIST – Professional Commentary, September 15, 2020, https://www.jurist.org/commentary/2020/09/abbas-poorhashemi-sanctions-icc-international-law/
Dr. Abbas Poorhashemi, Can China Be Sued under International Law for COVID-19?, JURIST – Professional Commentary, May 21, 2020, https://www.jurist.org/commentary/2020/05/abbas-poorhashemi-lawsuits-china-covid19/

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