Dr. Carolina Arlota is currently an Associate Research Scholar at Columbia Law School under the Sabin Center for Climate Change Law. Her work explores international and domestic (U.S.) laws governing the cross-border transport of carbon dioxide (CO2) for sequestration, and how such transportation fits into broader climate and environmental protection regimes, including the Paris Agreement on Climate Change, carbon markets and emissions trading. This line of investigation builds on her previous research on the Paris Agreement and related climate policies. Carolina’s research interests are further detailed at her SSRN webpage.
Carolina is the co-editor of the book Carbon Capture and Storage in International Policy and Law: Perspectives on Sustainable Development, Climate Change, and Energy Transition (Elsevier, Oct. 2021). She publishes in law journals as well as in renowned peer-reviewed journals, such as the Review of Law & Economics, and the European Business Law. Her academic credentials also include being a referee for International Review of Law and Economics, Energy Policy, and the Journal of Law and Courts. In addition, she is an invited reviewer for Routledge Publishers.
Carolina holds an LL.M. and a J.S.D. from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, College of Law. Her doctoral thesis investigates the Brazilian federalism vis-à-vis the U.S. federal system discussing how federalism choices adopted by the Brazilian Constitution of 1988 have impacted judicial review since then. In Illinois, Carolina was awarded the Lemann Graduate Fellowship. At the time, she was also a recipient of coveted fellowships granted by the TINKER Foundation to conduct field studies in Brazil and by the Fondation pour le Droit Continental (Université Paris II, Pantheon Assas, located in Paris, France).
Prior to joining the Sabin Center, Carolina was a Visiting Assistant Professor at the University of Oklahoma, College of Law, where she has taught several courses on international law, including International Commercial and Investment Arbitration, International Business Transactions, Comparative Law, European Union Law, and International Energy Law. Before moving to the United States, Carolina held prestigious clerkships in Brazil and worked as an attorney for Petroleo Brasileiro S.A—PETROBRAS, the Brazilian state-controlled oil company. During her tenure at PETROBRAS, then among the top ten largest oil companies, her practice focused on International Commercial Arbitration and International Business Transactions. Carolina is a member in good standing of the New York Bar as well as of the Brazilian National Bar Association. She currently co-chairs the American Branch of the International Law Association—ABILA’s committee on International Environmental and Energy Law.