Alessandra Guida

Alessandra Guida

Alessandra Guida

PhD Candidate

Macquarie Law School

Alessandra Guida is a PhD candidate at Macquarie Law School, Macquarie University, where she is a recipient of the International Macquarie University Research Training Program (MQRTP) Scholarship. Her work focuses on the judicial challenges of balancing free trade and bio-safety in the context of biotechnology under the World Trade Organization. In particular, her research examines international legal principles and mechanisms that help states to balance trade law and international human rights law as well as international environmental law. She completed her Master of Research (MRes) at Macquarie Law School receiving an International Research Training Pathway (iRTP) scholarship. She also holds a Bachelor of Law and a Master of Law from the Alma Mater Studiorum of Bologna, School of Law of Bologna, Italy and she completed her Master of Law dissertation at Tilburg Law School, Tilburg University, Netherlands. Alessandra is an admitted Italian Lawyer who has previously worked in an international law firm dealing with civil and environmental disputes.


LLB & LLM, School of Law of Bologna, Italy
LLM dissertation, Tilburg Law School, Netherlands
Italian Certificate of Admission to Practice Law, National Bar Association, Italy
Certificate of Notarial Apprenticeship, The National Council of Notaries (CNN), Italy
Avvocato Abilitato alla Professione (‘Admitted Italian Lawyer’), National Bar Association, Italy
MRes, Macquarie Law School, Australia
PhD, Macquarie Law School (submission deadline: 15 February 2020)

Teaching Responsibilities

  • LAW 115 - Foundations of Law
  • LAWS 259 - International Law
  • LAW 889 - International Trade and Finance
  • LAW108 - Law, Lawyers, Society

Research Interests

Legal issues posed by new technologies; international regulation of biotechnology; precautionary principle; relationship between law and science; international organisations; international dispute settlement; international environmental law; international trade law; relationship between biosafety and open-trade; relationship between international trade law and international human rights law;  sustainable development in era of technology; cross-disciplinary approaches to environmental challenges.


  • Society of International Economic Law (SIEL)
  • Sustainable Market Actors Network (University of Oslo)
  • Daughters of Themis: International Network of Female Business Scholars (University of Oslo, Faculty of Law)
  • Australian and New Zealand Society of International Law (ANZSIL)
  • European Environment Agency Network (EEAcademy Network)

Recent Competitive Funding

  • 2017-2020: International Macquarie University Research Training Program Scholarship, full doctoral scholarship, Macquarie University, Stipend + tuition fees
  • 2018-2019: Centre for Agency Value and Ethics (CAVE), Macquarie University, competitive grant for organising a symposium on Biotechnology, Ethics, and Limitations to Trade within the WTO Framework
  • 2018: Central European University - Summer University of Budapest, Hungary, The Precautionary Principle in Sustainability Transitions: Thinking forwards, Looking backwards, Acting - Partial scholarship to cover tuition fees
  • 2016-2017: International Research Training Pathway scholarship, Full Scholarship for Master of Research, Macquarie University, Stipend + tuition fees
  • 2012: Scholarship for Students, School of Lawof Bologna, Scholarship to write and defend LLM thesis abroad
  • 2008-2012: Scholarship for Students, ‘ER.GO – Borsa di Studio e Agevolazioni’ University of Bologna, Full LLB & LLM Scholarship
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