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Professor_Ben_BoerProfessor Ben Boer

Ben Boer is an Emeritus Professor of Law at University of Sydney. He was appointed as Emeritus Professor in late 2008. Between 2006 and 2008, he was the international Co-Director of the IUCN (International Union for the Conservation of Nature) Academy of Environmental Law and Visiting Professor based at the University of Ottawa, while continuing to teach part-time in the Master of Environmental Law at the University of Sydney.

Professor Boer has extensive teaching experience at different universities in Australia, Canada and other countries. He was Professor in Environmental Law, University of Sydney (1997 -2008) and the Corrs Chambers Westgarth Professor of Environmental Law, University of Sydney (1992-1996). He was a founding director of the Australian Centre for Environmental Law, now called the Australian Centre for Climate and Environmental Law at the University of Sydney.

Professor Boer has served as a consultant to various intergovernmental and non-governmental organizations in the following countries: China, Federated States of Micronesia, India, Indonesia, Kenya, Nepal, New Caledonia, Singapore, Solomon Islands, Sri Lanka, Trinidad and Tobago, Vietnam and Samoa. He has also conducted research for various departments of the Australian Federal Government. Professor Boer has published widely in the area of environmental and natural resources law and policy.

carl-bruchMr. Carl Bruch

Carl Bruch is a Senior Attorney and Co-Director of International Programs at the Environmental Law Institute (ELI). He also co-chairs the IUCN Specialist Group on Armed Conflict and the Environment. Mr. Bruch's research focuses on making environmental law work. He has extensive experience internationally in helping countries develop and implement laws, policies, and institutional frameworks to effectively manage water resources, biodiversity, forests, and other natural resources. He is an authority on the means to prevent, reduce, mitigate, and compensate for damage to the environment during armed conflict. He has edited and co-edited six books, including The Environmental Consequences of War: Legal, Economic, and Scientific Perspectives (CambridgeUniversity Press 2000), and authored dozens of scholarly articles. He holds a JD fromNorthwestern School of Law of Lewis & Clark College, an MA in physics from the University of Texas at Austin, and a BS in physics from Michigan State University.

BurhenneDr. Wolfgang Burhenne

Dr. Burhenne has been directly involved in nearly all the major international conventions concerned with conservation, and in the development of the World Conservation Union (IUCN) Environmental Law Centre in Bonn. He was one of 12 signatories to the Morges Manifesto, which established the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) in 1961. His insights and skills were essential to the creation of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) in 1973, the World Charter for Nature, adopted by the United Nations General Assembly in 1982, the Association of South-East Asian Nations (ASEAN) Agreement on the Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources in 1985, and the Rio Convention on Biological Diversity. Together with his wife Dr. Françoise Burhenne-Guilmin, Dr. Burhenne received the UN Environment Programme Sasakawa Prize. Today, he is member of the steering committee to the IUCN Commission on Environmental Law and executive governor of the International Council of Environmental Law.

dinah sheltonProfessor Dinah Shelton

Professor Dinah Shelton is a Professor of Law at the George Washington University School of Law. She joined the Law School faculty in 2004. Before her appointment, she was professor of international law and director of the doctoral program in international human rights law at the University of Notre Dame Law School from 1996-2004. She previously taught at Santa Clara University and has served as visiting lecturer at the University of California, Davis, Stanford University, University of California, Berkeley, the University of Paris, and the University of Strasbourg, France.

Professor Shelton is the author or editor of several prize-winning books such as Protecting Human Rights in the Americas (winner of the 1982 Inter-American Bar Association Book Prize and co-authored with Thomas Buergenthal). She also has authored many articles and books on international law, human rights law, and international environmental law.

Professor Shelton serves on the boards of many human rights and environmental organizations. In 2006, she was awarded the prestigious Elizabeth Haub Prize in Environmental Law, and has served as a legal consultant to the United Nations Environment Programme, UNITAR, World Health Organization, European Union, Council of Europe, and Organization of American States. In 2009, she became the first woman nominated by the United States to become a member of the Inter-American Human Rights Commission, established by the Organization of American States to promote and protect human rights in the Western Hemisphere. She was elected to a four-year term in June, 2009.


Dr AljazyDr. Ibrahim M.H. Aljazy

Dr. Ibrahim Aljazy is the Director of the Legal Affairs Dept., University of Jordan, and an associate professor in public international law at the University of Jordan. He also teaches environmental law, human rights law and humanitarian law for undergraduates. Dr. Aljazy has extensive practical experience in the areas of public international law, human rights issues, environmental law, law of seas, humanitarian law, international transactions, commercial matters, shipping and maritime issues. Dr. Aljazy holds a PhD in International Law from School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London in the United Kingdom.
Dr. Aljazy has advised many leading multinational corporations, as well as local and regional firms, on various aspects of Jordanian law. In addition, he has written many papers and articles on public international law; and has participated in many law conferences nationally and internationally.
Dr. Aljazy is a member of Jordan Bar Association, a member of the International Law Association Islamic and International Law Committee; London, a member of the Arab Organization of Human Rights; Egypt, Arab Organization for Human Rights; Jordan, member of Amnesty International; London, and member of the Arab Lawyers' Association, London, he is member of the Jordanian National Committee of the International Criminal Court.


dr. blakeDr. Janet Blake

Dr. Janet Blake is a Senior Lecturer in Law at the University of Shahid Beheshti (formerly National University) in Tehran where she teaches International, Environmental and Human Rights Law. Her main specialization is cultural heritage law. After working in the Cultural Heritage Division of the Council of Europe (1993-1994) while researching her PhD in International Law, she held a Leverhulme Special Fellowship at the School of Law in the University of Glasgow (1996-1998). Since 1999, she has worked closely with UNESCO as an International Consultant. In that capacity, she has written Preliminary Studies on (1) the advisability of developing a standard-setting instrument for intangible cultural heritage and (2) safeguarding endangered and indigenous languages. Dr. Blake also has acted as Rapporteur for the Restricted Drafting Group that prepared the initial draft of the 2003 Convention on Intangible Cultural Heritage. She has published three books on intangible cultural heritage as well as several articles on safeguarding cultural heritage, environmental protection law and justice, human and cultural rights, cultural diversity and sustainable development.


echeverriaProfessor John Echeverria

Professor Echeverria is a Professor of Law at Vermont Law School and Actins Director of Environmental Law Center. Professor Echeverria joined the Vermont Law School faculty in 2009. He previously served for twelve years as Executive Director of the Georgetown Environmental Law & Policy Institute at Georgetown University Law Center. Prior to that he was General Counsel of the National Audubon Society and General Counsel and Conservation Director of American Rivers, Inc. Professor Echeverria also was an associate for four years in the Washington, D.C. office of Hughes, Hubbard & Reed. Immediately after graduating with joint degrees from Yale Law School and the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, Professor Echeverria served for one year as law clerk to the Honorable Gerhard Gesell of the U.S. District Court in the District of Columbia. Professor Echeverria has written extensively on the takings issue and other aspects of environmental and natural resource law. He has frequently represented state and local governments, environmental organizations, planning groups and others in regulatory takings cases and other environmental litigation at all levels of the federal and state court systems. In 2007, Professor Echeverria received the Jefferson Fordham Advocacy Award to recognize outstanding excellence within the area of state and local government law over a lifetime of achievement.


Dr. HassanDr. Parvez Hassan

Dr. Parvez Hassan is a Senior Partner with the law firm of Hassan and Hassan and currently serves as the President of the Pakistan Environmental Law Association. As a pioneer in Pakistan's environmental protection movement and a proponent of an independent judiciary, Dr. Hassan has unique insight into Pakistan's struggle to preserve the rule of law and the environment. Dr. Hassan received a Master of Laws in 1963 from Yale University and Doctor of Laws degree in 1969 from Harvard University. He argued and won Shehla Zia v. WAPDA, in case in which the Supreme Court of Pakistan affirmed that a decent environment is a constitutionally protected right to life and dignity. More recently, Dr. Hassan spoke out against the removal of Chief Justice Chaudry by former president and general, Pervez Musharraf, which resulted in his arrest along with that of over 500 other lawyers. His leadership and advocacy have helped to developed the rule of law and protection of the environment in Pakistan and left an indelible mark on Pakistan's sustainable development movement.


nrobinsonProfessor Nicholas A. Robinson

Professor Nicholas A. Robinson is a Professor of Law at Pace Law School. Professor Robison has developed environmental law at the domestic and international levels since 1969. He was named to the Legal Advisory Committee of the President's Council on Environmental Quality. He has served as legal advisor and chairman of the Commission on Environmental Law of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources, engaged in drafting treaties and counseling different countries on the preparation of their environmental laws. He founded Pace's environmental law programs, edited the proceedings of the 1992 United Nations Earth Summit in Rio de Janiro, Brazi, and is author of several books and numerous articles.


Said_MahmoudiProfessor Said Mahmoudi

Professor Said Mahmoudi is a Professor of International Law and the Dean of Law School at Stockholm University. Between 1974 and 1981, he served as a diplomat at the Iranian Embassy in Stockholm and at the Iranian Ministry for Foreign Affairs. Since 2006, Professor Mahmoudi has been arbitrator nominated by the Swedish Government according to Article 2 of Annex VII to the 1982 an UN Convention on the Law of the Sea. Professor Mahmoudi is a member of different organizations including the International Advisory Board of the Law of the Sea Institute, University of California, Berkeley; Conseil européen du droit de l'environnement (CEDE), International Council of Environmental Law (ICEL), International Jury for the Elizabeth Haub Prize for Environmental Law, and the Board of the Swedish Branch of International Law Association.
His main research areas include law of the sea, international environmental law, particularly EC environmental law, use of force and international organization.
He recently has focused on the international legal aspects of common values and principles (e.g. peace, sustainable development and human rights) and of global resources (e.g. oceans, climate and biological diversity).

sheila_abedDr. Sheila Abed

Dr. Sheila Abed is the Chair of the Commission on Environmental Law of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN). She is founder and now Executive Director of IDEA (Environmental Law and Economics Institute) in Asuncion, Paraguay. She has the degree from Universidad Nacional de Asunicion. She was General Coordinator of the Regional Alliance for Conservation Policies in Latin America and the Caribbean (ARCA-Alianza Regional para Politicas de Conservacion en America Latina y el Caribe) and a member of the South American Coalition of NGOs and individual members known as the Groupo \Zapallar on Trade and Environment. She also represented the Paraguayan Government in the United Nations Framework Convention of Climate Change negotiations. She also represented civil society groups in different multilateral environmental agreements including the Convention on Biological Diversity and Ramsar Convention on Wetlands.


StephanieFarriorProfessor Stephanie Farrior

Professor Farrior is a Professor of Law and Director of International and Comparative Law Programs at Vermont Law School. She is a prominent academic and activist in the field of international human rights. She is former Legal Director and General Counsel of Amnesty International, the worldwide human rights organization. Based at its International Secretariat in London, she oversaw Amnesty International's legal work during the Pinochet extradition hearings, met with then-UN Secretary General Kofi Annan on a range of issues, and worked closely with numerous United Nations human rights bodies.

Professor Farrior's scholarly research focuses on the role and functioning of international organizations in protecting human rights, issues relating to identity-based discrimination, and state accountability for human rights abuses by non-state actors. Her work has been published in Harvard, Columbia, and Berkeley law journals and has been cited by several UN special experts in their studies and reports to the United Nations. She is also actively engaged in writing and teaching about the use of international human rights standards in advocacy for racial and economic justice in the United States, a subject on which the NAACP invited her to speak at its 2004 Annual Convention.

A member of the Executive Council of the American Society of International Law (ASIL), she has been a Visiting Scholar at Georgetown University Law Center and has taught international law courses at Oxford, George Washington, American, and Pennsylvania State universities.