Florencia Sarmiento

Policy Advisor

Maria Florencia Sarmiento is a policy advisor within the Economic Law and Policy Program at the IISD. Her primary focus is the dynamic intersection of international trade and voluntary sustainability standards, as well as investment law policy in the context of sustainable development.
She has experience in mapping and analyzing sustainability initiatives, as well as examining provisions included in trade agreements and domestic public policies related to social and environmental issues. At IISD, she provides training courses, workshops, and a range of advisory services for developing country officials, covering sustainability standards, investment treaties, negotiations, and dispute prevention and management.
Before joining IISD, Florencia was an independent consultant specializing in trade and investment matters. In this context, she has worked on sustainable trade and investment governance projects with the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development and the Columbia Center on Sustainable Investment.  

Florencia holds a PhD in international law from the Geneva Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies and an LL.M. in international dispute settlement, a joint program offered by the Geneva Graduate Institute and the University of Geneva in Switzerland. 

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Areas of expertise
Investment Law & Policy
Standards and Value Chains
Staff type
Diploma, International Trade and Investment, Catholic University of La Plata, 2020
Master's Degree, International Dispute Settlement, University of Geneva and Graduate Institute of International Studies, 2017
Law Degree, Catholic University of La Plata, 2015
PhD, International Law, Graduate Institute of International Studies, 2024
Languages spoken
English, French, and Spanish