Professor of Law and Director, International Environmental Law Project
Erskine B. Wood Hall
Chris Wold came to Northwestern School of Law of Lewis & Clark College in 1994 to bring an international environmental component to the schoolâ€™s environmental law program. Chris directs the law schoolâ€™s International Environmental Law Project, which provides students with practical experience in international environmental law, and teaches several international environmental law courses. Before coming to the law school, he was a staff attorney with the Center for International Environmental Law (CIEL), where he focused on international wildlife law issues and international financial institutions. He has traveled to Australia, Japan, Kenya, and Zimbabwe to participate in Meetings of the Parties to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora and the International Whaling Commission (IWC).
He has participated as the legal advisor to the United Kingdom at the IWC and has also worked with the Ministries of Environment in Bulgaria and Ukraine to review the countryâ€™s environmental laws for consistency with international norms. He has traveled to India as part of the Narmada International Human Rights Panel to investigate environmental and human rights violations associated with a World Bank funded dam project. He remains â€śOf Counselâ€ť with CIEL and also consults with the Environmental Law Alliance Worldwide-U.S. (E-LAW) to provide legal advice and assistance to a network of more than 150 public interest lawyers and scientists from 50 countries who are working to strengthen domestic environmental law. He frequently travels to Brazil and other countries to work with environmental lawyers and to advise governments on implementation of international environmental law.
He won the Bernard F. Oâ€™Rourke Award in 1990 for outstanding student writing on a natural resources topic. He has also taught at American Universityâ€™s Washington College of Law, Washington, D.C., as an adjunct professor. When not in his office, he is birdwatching, playing basketball, biking, or hiking.
Specialty Areas & Course Descriptions
- B.A. cum laude 1986 St. Olaf College
- J.D. Northwestern School of Law of Lewis & Clark College
Separately Published Works
- Trade and the Environment, Carolina Academic Press (2nd Edition) (2011) (co-authored with Sanford Gaines and Greg Block).
- Climate Change and the Law, Lexis/Nexis Publishing (2009) (co-authored with David Hunter and Melissa Powers).
- Climate Change and the Law, Teacherâ€™s Manual, Lexis/Nexis Publishing (2009) (co-authored with David Hunter and Melissa Powers).
- Trade and the Environment, Carolina Academic Press (2005) (co-authored with Sanford Gaines and Greg Block).
- Princâ€™pios de Direito Ambiental: Na DimensĂŁo International e Comparada (2003) (co-authored with Sampaio & Nardy).
- The Biodiversity Convention and Existing International Agreements: Opportunities for Synergy (Humane Society of the United States, June 1995).
- CITES and the Precautionary Principle: The Burden to Show That a Use Is Sustainable (Humane Society of the United States, Nov. 1994).
Works Published As Part of a Collection
- Taking Stock: Tradeâ€™s Environmental Scorecard After Twenty Years of â€śTrade and Environmentâ€ť, 45 Wake For. L. Rev. (forthcoming 2010).
- World Heritage Species: A New Legal Approach to Conservation, 20 Georgetown International Environmental Law Review 337 (2008).
- Evaluating the NAFTA and Commission for Environmental Cooperation: Lessons for Integrating Trade and Environment in Free Trade Agreements, 28 St. Louis University Public Law Review 201 (2008).
- The Inadequacy of the Citizen Submission Process of Articles 14 & 15 of the North American Agreement on Environmental Cooperation, 26 Loyola of Los Angeles Intâ€™l & Comp. L. Rev. 415 (2004)(co-authored with Lucus Ritchie, Deborah Scott and Matthew Clark).
- Trade in Endangered Species, 14 Yearbook of Intâ€™l Envtl. Law 2003, 375 (2005).
- Trade in Endangered Species, 13 Yearbook of Intâ€™l Envtl. Law 2002, 389 (2004).
- Implementation of Reservations Law in International Environmental Treaties: The Cases of Cuba and Iceland, 14 Col. J. Intâ€™l L. & Polâ€™y 53 (2003).
- The Status of Sea Turtles under International Environmental Law and International Environmental Agreements, 5 J. Intâ€™l Wildlife L. & Polâ€™y 11 (2002).
- Legal Assessment of Compatibility Issues between the Protocol Concerning Specially Protected Areas and Wildlife (SPAW) to the Cartagena Convention and the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), in UNEP (DEC)/ CAR IG 17/INF.5, at pages 8-27 (February 2000).
- Multilateral Environmental Agreements and the GATT: Conflict and Resolution?, in Comparative Asian Environmental Law Anthology 529 (Bolla & McDorman eds. 1999)(reprinting 26 Envtl. L. 841 (1996)).
- The Futility, Utility, and Future of the Convention on Biological Diversity, 9 Colorado Journal of International Environmental Law & Policy 1 (1997).
- The Status of Sea Turtles under International Environmental Law and International Environmental Agreements in Sea Turtles: A Shared Resource in Central America (1997).
- Draft Agreement for the Conservation of Sea Turtles on the Caribbean Coast of Panama, Costa Rica and Nicaragua (Annotated) in Sea Turtles: A Shared Resource in Central America (1997) (co-authored with Thomas T. Ankersen, Lizbeth Espinoza, Anne Meylan, Peter Meylan, Mario Boza, and Lucinda Taft).
- The Relation of CITES to GATT, in Multilateral Environmental Agreements and the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (eds. Housman, Goldberg, Van Dyke and Zaelke, 1995).
- Biodiversity Prospecting: The Rules of the Game, BioScience (June 1994) (co-authored with David Downes).
- Discovering the Limits of Democracy in International Law, 12 The Advocate 7 (Winter 1992).
- An Earth Parliament for Indigenous Peoples: Investigating Alternative World Governance, 4 Colorado Journal of International Environmental Law & Policy 197 (1992).
- Remembering Elephants at the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species, 9 Endangered Species Update 6 (1992).
- Promoting Sustainable Development and Democracy in Central and Eastern Europe: The Role of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, 7 American University Journal of International Law & Policy 559 (1992) (co-authored with Durwood Zaelke).
- Establishing an Independent Administrative Review Tribunal at the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development: A Model for Improving Multilateral Development Bank Decisionmaking, 2 Duke Environmental Law & Policy Forum 59 (1992) (co-authored with Durwood Zaelke).
- NOAA Civil Penalty Policy: Time for a Change, 18 Coastal Management 213 (1990).