Daniel M. Bodansky
Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law, Arizona State University
Lincoln Professor of Law, Ethics, and Sustainability
Center for Law and Global Affairs’ Faculty Co-Director
Affiliate Faculty Member, Center for Law, Science & Innovation
Afffiliate Faculty Member, Global Institute of Sustainability, School of Sustainability
Dan Bodansky is a preeminent authority on global climate change. His teaching and research focus on international environmental law and public international law. Dan has worked for the University of Georgia School of Law as Associate Dean for Faculty Development and the Emily and Ernest Woodruff Chair in International Law at the University of Georgia School of Law. He has also served as the climate change coordinator and attorney-advisor at the U.S. Department of State and as a United Nations consultant. Dan is heavily involved in the “Beyond Kyoto” and “Pocantico Dialogue” projects at the Pew Center on Global Climate Change. He serves on the board of editors of the American Journal of International Law, is the U.S.-nominated arbitrator under the Antarctic Environmental Protocol, and is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the American Society of International Law. Awards include an International Affairs Fellowship from the Council of Foreign Relations, a Pew Faculty Fellowship in International Affairs, and a Jean Monnet Fellowship from the European University Institute.
Charles Di Leva
The World Bank
Chief Counsel, Environmental and International Law
Charles Di Leva specializes on issues pertaining to sustainable development, such as carbon and green finance, and the development and implementation of multilateral environmental agreements and national laws. He served as World Bank’s environmental law advisor during the World Summit on Sustainable Development in Johannesburg in 2002, and has represented the Bank in international treaty negotiations in areas of Climate, Biodiversity, Chemicals, and Wetlands. From 1999 until 2001, he was the Director of the IUCN’s Environmental Law Center, in Bonn, Germany. Charles served as a 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 an Environmental Advocate in the Attorney General’s office. He served for one year as a Senior Program Officer with the Environmental Law Unit of the United Nations Environment Program in Nairobi, Kenya. Charles is also a Professorial Lecturer in Law at the George Washington University School of Law teaching International Trade and Environment, and teaches courses at the American University Washington College of Law, including Development, Finance, and the Environment.
Convention on Migratory Species (Abu Dhabi Office) / United Nations Environment Programme
Lyle Glowka is currently leading the Abu Dhabi office of the United Nation’s Convention on Migratory Species, where he is working on conservation issues relating to dugongs, raptors, and species in areas beyond national jurisdiction. Previously as the Convention’s agreements officer, Lyle worked to conserve the tapir-nosed saiga antelope of Central Asia, which had severely declined as hunters sought saiga horns for a booming traditional Chinese medicine market. Today, saiga populations have stabilized. Lyle also was the Senior Legal Advisor for the Convention on Biological Diversity, working on genetic resource access and benefit‐sharing and supporting governments in the negotiations of the Nagoya Protocol on Access and Benefit Sharing. From 1993 until 1999, he worked with the IUCN Environmental Law Center focusing in particular on access and benefit sharing issues. His seminal paper pointing out that the most lucrative deep-seabed resources are not mineral but genetic resources catalyzed the international community’s exploration of the legal and policy implications of bioprospecting on the deep sea bed beyond the limits of national jurisdiction. He also worked pro bono for the United Nations Environment Program on the negotiations of the Convention on Biological Diversity.
American University Washington College of Law
Professor of Law
Director of the International Legal Studies Program
David Hunter currently teaches International and Comparative Environmental Law and the Law of Torts. He is the former Executive Director of the Center for International Environmental Law, a non-governmental organization dedicated to protecting the global environment through the use of international law. David also has served as an environmental consultant to the Czech and Slovak environmental ministries; an environmental associate at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom; and executive director of WaterWatch of Oregon, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving western water laws. David is author of many articles on international environmental law, and is co-author of International Environmental Law and Policy (Foundation Press) and Climate Change and the Law (Lexis Nexis Publishing). He is on the Board of Directors of several organizations, including the Center for Progressive Reform, the Environmental Law Alliance Worldwide–US, and the Project on Government Oversight.
John H. Knox
Wake Forest University School of Law
Henry C. Lauerman Professor of International Law
John Knox is an internationally recognized expert on human rights law and international environmental law. He is currently serving a three-year term on the United Nations Human Rights Council as its first Independent Expert on the issue of human rights obligations relating to the enjoyment of a safe, clean, healthy, and sustainable environment. His recent scholarship addresses issues including the human rights obligations of corporations, the application of human rights law to climate change, citizen suits in international environmental law, and the extraterritorial application of U.S. law. For four years, until 2005, he chaired a national advisory committee to EPA on the North American Commission for Environmental Cooperation, the first regional environmental organization in North America. More recently, he has provided pro bono assistance to environmental groups and to the Maldives, a small island state in the Indian Ocean. Previously, he taught at Penn State’s Dickinson School of Law, served as an attorney-adviser at the Department of State from 1988 to 1994, spent four years in private practice, and clerked for Judge Joseph T. Sneed of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.