Prof. Elizabeth Burleson
Professor Burleson received her LLM in International Law from the London School of Economics (advisor ICJ Justice Greenwood) and her JD from the University of Connecticut. She is a member of the Pace University School of Law Faculty and is a Fulbright Senior Specialist on climate change. She has taught Energy Law, Human Rights and Environment, International Environmental Law, Public International Law, UN Law, International Law and China, Land Use, Property Law, International Economic Law and the Environment, Water Law, and Environmental Law. Focusing on emerging international law, she has been an advisor to UNICEF's Senior Advisor for the Environment and to the New York Director of UNEP. She has also written reports for UNESCO and UNDP. She has presented on treaty making for the UN Office of Legal Affairs, having participated in the drafting process for the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), Agenda 21, and the Rio Declaration. She is an expert contributor to the International Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). Professor Burleson was a member of the UNICEF delegation to the Bali Climate Conference; the NWF and UNEP delegations to the Copenhagen Climate Conference; and the IUCN and ASIL delegations to the Cancun, Durban and Doha Climate Conferences. Professor Burleson is on the International Law Association’s Committee on the Principles Relating to Climate Change, IUCN's Climate Change Core Group, and the National Wildlife Federation President's Advisory Council. She has also conducted legal research for Amnesty International's London-based International Secretariat and New York-based research division and has provided climate-energy expertise to the Japanese, Uruguayan and French governments. She has also provided legal advice to small island states and least developed countries through the Legal Response Initiative.
Director, Public Interest Network: Professor Burleson launched Public Interest Network Grants by swimming 3 hours (4 miles) across the Missouri River to fund law student public interest grants. [More Info]
AWARDS, DISTINCTIONS, GRANTS & FELLOWSHIPS:
Fulbright • National Science Foundation • National University of Singapore Centre for International Law Senior Visiting Fellow • Driscoll China Distinguished Scholar • Mary Jo Small Fellowship • London School of Economics Distinction • Noonan Award for Outstanding Legal Scholarship & Public Service