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Carl Bruch

Degree: JD ’96
Area(s) of study:
  • Environmental Law
Type of workplace:
  • Nonprofit
Practice area(s):
  • Environmental Law
  • International Law
  • Public Interest Law

Carl Bruch is the Director of International Programs at the Environmental Law Institute (ELI) and the founding President of the Environmental Peacebuilding Association (EnPAx). His work focuses on environmental peacebuilding (especially after conflict), environmental governance, adaptation, and environmental emergencies. He has helped dozens of countries— including many conflict-affected countries—throughout Africa, the Americas, Asia, and Europe strengthen their environmental laws, institutions, and practices. He has edited more than ten books and authored more than 80 journal articles, book chapters, and reports. He is an adjunct professor at American University School of International Service. He holds a JD summa cum laude (’96) from the Northwestern School of Environmental Law of Lewis & Clark College, an MA in physics from the University of Texas-Austin, and a BS in physics (with additional majors in mathematics and anthropology) from Michigan State University.

I work at the intersection of environment, conflict, and peace. I love helping countries such as Liberia and Colombia to rebuild their economies, livelihoods, and the social fabric after conflict. It is challenging to find solutions that are both environmentally sustainable and socially equitable.The work is always interesting, sometimes frustrating, and when we do a good job incredibly impactful and fulfilling.