William Schulte

Biography

William (BJ) Schulte is Assistant Director of the US-Asia Partnerships for Environmental Law at Vermont Law School, where his work and research focuses on strengthening environmental rule of law and governance in China and the Mekong region. In this role, Mr. Schulte works with a variety of local partners including government departments, lawyers, and civil society organizations on initiatives ranging from training for capacity building to supporting the development of environmental laws, regulations and guidelines. Mr. Schulte earned his JD from Rutgers University Law School – Newark in 2008, where he was an Articles Editor for the Rutgers Law Review, a member of the Jessup International Moot Court Team, a clinician in the Rutgers Environmental Law Clinic, and a recipient of a Public Interest Law Foundation grant to support his work at the Documentation Center of Cambodia in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. Subsequent to law school, he spent five years practicing public interest environmental law in Newark, New Jersey, where he represented environmental and community groups in litigation and administrative proceedings on matters related to environmental permit reviews, environmental justice, air pollution reduction, watershed protection, and energy infrastructure proposals, among others. Additionally, he spent two years serving on the Jersey City Environmental Commission. Mr. Schulte joined the US-Asia Partnerships for Environmental Law as an LLM Fellow in 2013, and earned an LLM in Environmental Law magna cum laude from Vermont Law School. He studied Mandarin at Yunnan University in Kunming prior to attending law school, and appreciates the opportunity to combine his environmental law and Asia experience to support the Partnership’s programs.

Publications

Articles

William J. Schulte and Matthew H. Baird, Myanmar’s Nascent Environmental Governance System: Challenges and Opportunities, 33 Natural Resources & Environment 21, forthcoming Fall 2018. 

“Yunnan Chemical Factory Becomes Testing Ground for Citizen Lawsuits,” Chinadialogue.net, August 23, 2017. 

Schulte, William and Ashlee Stetser, On the Path to Sustainable Development: An Assessment of Cambodia's Draft Environemtnal Impact Assessment Law, Cambodia Law and Policy Journal, Vol. 3, December 2014

William J. Schulte and Ashlee Stetser, On the Path to Sustainable Development: An Assessment of Cambodia’s Draft Environmental Impact Assessment Law, 3 Cambodia L. & Pol’y J. 97 (2014).

“Public Participation Still Lacking from China’s Environmental Laws,” Chinadialogue.net, November 12, 2013.

Presentations

“Environmental Impact Assessment and Climate Change: How Climate Change is Integrated into EIA Processes in Other Jurisdictions,” Incorporating Climate Risk Assessment into the EIA Process in Myanmar: 2nd Workshop and Clinic, UN Environment, Myanmar Climate Change Alliance, and Ministry of Natural Resources and Environmental Conservation, Naypyitaw, Myanmar, July 9-10, 2018.

“Screening, Scoping and Public Participation under Myanmar’s EIA Procedure,” Incorporating Climate Risk Assessment into the EIA Process in Myanmar: 1st Workshop, UN Environment, Myanmar Climate Change Alliance, and Ministry of Natural Resources and Environmental Conservation, Naypyitaw, Myanmar, May 15-16, 2018. 

“China’s Water Pollution Control Law: Lessons for Vietnam,” International Workshop on Water Pollution Control Law, Center for Environment and Community Research, Ninh Binh, Vietnam, September 9-10, 2015.

“Chinese Investments in the Mekong: Pathways to Engagement,” Panel Moderator, Shared Solutions: Safeguarding Sustainable Development in the Mekong Region, Mekong Partnership for the Environment, Bangkok, August 26, 2015.

“Public Interest Litigation Under the Clean Air Act,” 19th US-China Legal Exchange, US Department of Commerce and China Ministry of Commerce, Beijing and Wuhan, PRC, January 13-15, 2015.

“Considering Environmental Justice Under NEPA and Other Environmental Laws,” Symposium on Public Participation and Environmental Justice, US-China Partnership for Environmental Law, et al., Beijing, PRC, August 23, 2013.

“The Natural Gas Act, FERC, and Natural Gas Infrastructure,” Natural Gas Pipeline Conference, Sierra Club, NJ Highlands Coalition, and Ramapo College, Ramapo College, May 2, 2013.

“Environmental Justice under NEPA,” Fifth Annual Sustainable Cities Conference, Jersey City, NJ, May 1, 2012.

“NEPA and Cumulative Impacts on Environmental Justice Communities,” New Jersey Clean Air Council Annual Public Hearing, Trenton, New Jersey, April 13, 2011.

“Improving Air Pollution Control at Major Stationary Sources Through the Title V Operation Permit Renewal Process,” New Jersey Clean Air Council Annual Public Hearing, Trenton, New Jersey, April 14, 2010.