Janet M. Whittaker

Senior Associate (Non-resident), Energy Security and Climate Change Program

Janet Whittaker is a highly regarded legal and policy professional with extensive experience in issues at the intersection of energy, climate change, sustainable development, and international trade and investment. She is currently senior counsel at Clifford Chance U.S. She has advised clients and plays a leadership role in the firm’s thought leadership work and has written extensively on novel issues of law and public policy, including the international climate change framework, environmental and social governance, just transition, climate-related finance, human rights obligations relating to the environment and climate change, and international trade and investment. Janet sits as arbitrator in international disputes. She was appointed by the UK government and the European Commission to the select lists of individuals eligible to serve as an arbitrator and trade and sustainable development expert in disputes under the EU-UK Trade and Cooperation Agreement (Brexit agreement) and EU trade agreements. Janet is a member of the World Economic Forum’s (WEF) green trade community and Climate Trade Zero Steering Committee, and a former member of the WEF’s Global Future Council on Trade and Investment. She serves on the governing committee of the Cyrus R. Vance Center for International Justice and has been recognized for her contributions to its work on international environmental issues, including her leadership of groundbreaking projects undertaken for both UN special rapporteurs on human rights and the environment. She was formerly legal counsel at the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID) and an adjunct lecturer at Stanford Law School. She has been recognized as a leading lawyer by Who’s Who Legal and Legal500, speaks fluent Italian, and has worked in French and Spanish.