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Mihaela Papa

Adjunct Assistant Professor in Sustainable Development and Global Governance

Mihaela Papa

Adjunct Assistant Professor in Sustainable Development and Global Governance
The Fletcher School, Tufts University
160 Packard Ave.
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  • Ph.D., International Relations, The Fletcher School, Tufts University
  • M.A., Law and Diplomacy, The Fletcher School, Tufts University
  • B.A., Economics (Trade), University of Zagreb

Mihaela Papa is an adjunct assistant professor in sustainable development and global governance at Fletcher and an overseas member at the Center for BRICS Studies at Fudan University in Shanghai. She specializes in analyzing policy conflict and strategizing in complex negotiations, especially on environmental regulation and the rise of new powers. As a postdoctoral fellow at Harvard Law School, she examined India, China and Brazil in global legal governance, spent six months in China as a visiting researcher and embarked on a BRICS-focused research agenda.

Papa's current research analyzes BRICS diplomacy in the context of sustainable development and draws on her Ph.D. research on forum shopping in global governance. She has extensive teaching experience: she is a faculty member at Brandeis University’s Heller School and has also taught international affairs in Europe and in Asia. She often serves as a policy analyst/advisor and project evaluator (e.g., for European Commission) and develops negotiation trainings (e.g., for Harvard Kennedy School). She has previously worked for the International Institute for Sustainable Development (consultant) and the Croatian Foreign Ministry (multilateral affairs officer).

She holds a B.A. in Economics from University of Zagreb, an M.A. in Law and Diplomacy and a Ph.D. in International Relations from The Fletcher School, Tufts University.

Areas of expertise
Economic Development
Globalization & Trade
International Environment & Energy
International Law & Organizations
Negotiations & Conflict Resolution
Regional Studies
Research Interests
  • Negotiation strategy and forum shopping
  • BRICS/rising powers in global governance
  • Climate change, sustainable development
  • Globalization of law and legal profession
  • Evolution of global governance


Sustainable Global Governance? Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle international Institutions. To be published in Global Environmental Politics.

BRICS' Pursuit of Multipolarity: Response in the United States. Fudan Journal of the Humanities and Social Sciences, 7(3): 363-380, 2014.

Deconstructing the BRICS: Bargaining Coalition, Imagined Community or Geopolitical Fad? Chinese Journal of International Politics, 6 (3): 299-327, 2013 (with Christian Bruetsch)

Emerging Powers in International Dispute Settlement: From Legal Capacity Building to a Level Playing Field? Journal of International Dispute Settlement 4(1): 83-109, 2013.

A Mutual Gains Approach to a Successful Climate Treaty: The Role of Universal Access to Clean Energy Services, Climate Policy 12(4): 505- 520, 2012 (with William Moomaw)

Major Emerging Powers in Sustainable Development Diplomacy: Assessing Their Leadership Potential, Global Environmental Change 22(4): 915-924, 2012 (with Nancy Gleason)

Globalization, Lawyers and India: Toward a Theoretical Synthesis of Globalization Studies and the Sociology of the Legal Profession, International Journal of the Legal Profession 18(3): 175-209, 2011 (with David Wilkins)

Rethinking Conflict Prevention in South Eastern Europe: An Emerging Environmental Security Agenda. Journal of South Eastern and Black Sea Studies, 6(3): 315-333, 2006.


Global Environmental Governance: A Reform Agenda. Winnipeg, Canada: International Institute for Sustainable Development, 2006 (with Adil Najam and Nadaa Taiyab)


BRICS as a Gobal Legal Actor: From Regulatory Innovation to BRICS Law? In: The BRICS Group in the Spotlight: An Interdisciplinary Approach, ed. L. Scaffardi, University of Parma: Edizioni Scientifiche Italiane, 2015.

BRICS as Agents for Change in Global Governance: The Case of Investment Arbitration. In: Global Governance: Critical Legal Perspectives, eds. G. De Burca et al. Portland: Hart Publishing, 2014.

Environmental Foreign Policy: Crossovers among Multiple Levels of Governance. In: Handbook of Global Environmental Politics, ed. P. Harris, London: Routledge, 2013.

The Rise of the Corporate Legal Elite in the BRICS: Implications for Global Governance, 54 Boston College Law Review 1149, 2013 (with David Wilkins)

Environmental Foreign Policy: Towards a Conceptual Framework. In Environmental Change and Foreign Policy: Theory and Practice, ed. P. Harris. London: Routledge, 2009.