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Policy issues and potential policy and legal remedies

Dr. Nicholas A. Robinson

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About Dr. Nicholas Robinson

Prof. Nicholas A. Robinson has specialized in environmental law since his appointment in 1970 to serve on the Legal Advisory Committee to the President’s Council on Environmental Quality. He founded the environmental legal studies program at Pace University School of Law in 1978, after practicing environmental law in New York City and clerking for federal Judge Morris E. Lasker. He is currently holds the senior position in environmental law internationally, having been elected by the World Conservation Congress as Chair of the Commission on Environmental Law of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources (IUCN). In 1992 the l’Université Libre de Bruxelles conferred on him the Elizabeth Haub Prize In Environmental Law. He has taught at the Law Faculty of the National University of Singapore and at University College (London), and has lectured by invitation at over universities across Europe, Canada, South America, China and S.E. Asia, Australia, Southern Africa, and elsewhere. He is author or editor of 2 treatises, seven books, and over 150 articles; his two treatises have been translated and published in Russian and Chinese. Among his civic contributions within New York, he served as General Counsel and Deputy Commission of the State’s Department of Environmental Conservation, chaired and organized the Greenway Heritage Conservancy for the Hudson River Valley, and chaired and organized the Freshwater Wetlands Appeals Board. He is the draftsman of New York’s Tidal Wetland Act and Wild Birds Law. From 1974-92, he served under five presidents as a US delegate to the environmental law negotiations between the USA and USSR, and later served as an expert on Russian environmental law to the United Nations, the Food & Agricultural Organization, the World Bank and others. He currently serves as IUCN’s Legal Advisor and is Legal Advisor to IUCN’s Observer Mission to the United Nations; he previously practiced environmental law internationally with law firms in London and New York. He has served by election as the Chairman of the Board for the World Environment Center and the International Vice President of the Sierra Club, and has chaired environmental law committees for many bar associations. He is a graduate of Brown University (A.B., 1967, Phi Beta Kappa) and Columbia University School of Law (J.D., 1970, cum laude), and was an International Fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations (1977). Pace University invested him as its James Hopkins Professor of Law (1990-91) and with the Gilbert & Sarah Kerlin Chair in Environmental Law in 1999.


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