Alex Hanafi


Areas of expertise: Climate change, climate policy in Europe, EU Emissions Trading System (ETS), legal issues in international climate negotiations, governance of geoengineering research


Alex Hanafi is an Attorney in EDF’s International Climate Program. In his work at EDF, he coordinates a range of research and advocacy programs designed to promote effective, innovative policies that reduce greenhouse gas emissions around the globe.

He focuses primarily on climate policy in Europe, including the EU Emissions Trading System (ETS), and on legal issues in the international climate negotiations under the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). Mr. Hanafi's work also includes research into governance systems for geoengineering research.

His analysis of institutional and legal issues in international climate negotiations has been published and cited in leading international legal journals.


Prior to joining EDF, Alex was a negotiation advisor and instructor for an international negotiation consulting firm based in Boston, Massachusetts. During private practice in law firms in San Francisco and Washington, D.C., he counseled clients in negotiating environmental disputes.

Alex has provided strategic advice and assistance to public interest lawyers and policy advocates from more than 60 countries in their efforts to reform environmental and human rights laws and strengthen public participation in governmental decision making.

Alex is an American and Tunisian citizen, and his international experience includes over 10 years living and working in Europe, Africa, and Asia. Alex is a Senior Fellow of the Environmental Leadership Program and a Luce Scholar.

He is an honors graduate of Harvard Law School, where he was elected Editor-in-Chief of the Harvard Environmental Law Review. He received his undergraduate degree in biology and art history magna cum laude from Duke University, where he was an Angier B. Duke Scholar.

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