Charles E. Di Leva is Chief Counsel of the Environmental and International Law Practice Group in the World Bank Legal Vice-Presidency and is the Bank’s Legal Advisor to the Climate Change Solutions Area and the Environment and Natural Resources Global Practice Group. Since 1992 he has worked in all regions, specializing on issues pertaining to sustainable development, such as climate finance, development and implementation of multilateral environmental agreements, and national laws. He has represented the Bank in international treaty negotiations in areas of Climate, Biodiversity, Chemicals and Wetlands. He has played a key role in the development and implementation of the World Bank’s environmental and social policies, including their current update, as well as activities concerning the Bank’s Independent Inspection Panel.
Mr. Di Leva is a former Director of the Environmental Law Center of IUCN – The World Conservation Union, in Bonn, Germany, and a Senior Program Officer with the Environmental Law Unit for the United Nations Environment Program in Nairobi, Kenya. Mr. Di Leva served as Trial Attorney for four years with the U.S. Department of Justice, Environment and Natural Resources Division and for five years with the State of Rhode Island as Legal Counsel with the Department of Environmental Management, and as Environmental Advocate in the Attorney General’s office. He worked for three years in private environmental law practice in Washington D.C., representing clients for environmental counseling and litigation.
Mr. Di Leva has also been an adjunct professor teaching Trade and Sustainable Development at the George Washington University School of Law. He is a graduate of Vermont Law School.