Featured Speakers

Kim Taylor-Thompson (Facilitator)

Kim is perhaps best known for her work as a moderator of Socratic dialogues. As the Chief Executive Officer for Duke Corporate Education, and previously as a principal in Thompson Taylor Thompson Consulting, Kim has worked with a wide range of clients using the Socratic dialogue to facilitate discussions on topics that companies may have previously considered non-discussable: building a common culture post-merger, addressing diversity, leading in the midst of organizational change, and creating an environment that nurtures creativity. Kim also served as a moderator using the Socratic dialogue methodology on topics involving social policy and ethics, having facilitated numerous panels for the Public Broadcasting Service and others on subjects ranging from saving our cities to the media’s treatment of women.
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Mary Robinson

Mary Robinson, the first woman President of Ireland (1990-1997) and more former United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (1997-2002), has spent most of her life as a human rights advocate. As an academic (Trinity College Law Faculty 1968-90), legislator (Senator 1969-89) and barrister (1967-90, Senior Counsel 1980, English Bar 1973) she has always sought to use law as an instrument for social change, arguing landmark cases before the European Court of Human Rights as well as in the Irish courts and the European Court in Luxemburg. Currently based in New York, Mary Robinson is now leading Realizing Rights: the Ethical Globalization Initiative. Its mission is to put human rights standards at the heart of global governance and policy-making and to ensure that the needs of the poorest and most vulnerable are addressed on the global stage. Read more…

Henry Shue

Professor Shue, Professor of Ethics and Public Life at Cornell University and Senior Research Fellow at Oxford University’s Centre for International Studies, is primarily interested in ethical issues that arise in international affairs, especially issues about the foreign policy of the United States. He has worked on the relative priority of economic rights, the strength of obligations across national boundaries, the morality of nuclear deterrence, and the justice of international cooperation on the environment. His research has focused on the role of human rights, especially economic rights, in international affairs and, more generally, on institutions to protect the vulnerable. After work on strategies regarding nuclear weapons in the 1980s, his writing during the 1990s mainly concerned the issues of justice arising in international negotiations over climate change. Read more…

Panelists

Randall S. Abate

Randall S. Abate is an assistant professor at Florida Coastal School of Law in Jacksonville, Florida. He is a visiting associate professor at Florida State University College of Law for the 2008-09 academic year. Read more…

Sara Aminzadeh

Sara Aminzadeh serves as the Public Affairs Associate for San Francisco Baykeeper, a member of the international grassroots advocacy organization Waterkeeper Alliance. Sara coordinates the organization’s policy analysis and media relations, and serves as Baykeeper’s legislative liaison, working in Sacramento to strengthen water quality laws. Read more…

Marilyn Averill

Marilyn Averill is a doctoral student in Environmental Studies at the University of Colorado. Her research interests focus on international environmental governance, the politics of science, and science and technology policy, particularly in the context of global climate change. Read more…

Deepa Badrinarayana

Chapman Law Professor Badrinarayana holds a Doctorate in Juridicial Studies in Environmental Law from Pace Law School. Professor Badrinarayana researched for Professor Frank P. Grad at Columbia Law School on environmental and public health laws. Read more…

David Battisti

David Battisti is The Tamaki Endowed Chair of Atmospheric Sciences at the University of Washington. David received a Ph.D. in Atmospheric Sciences (1988) from the University of Washington. He was an Assistant Professor at the University of Wisconsin until 1990. Since then, he has been on the Faculty in the Department of Atmospheric Sciences at the University of Washington, and has served as the Director of JISAO (1997-2003) and of the UW’s Earth Initiative (2003-2006). Read more…

Yoram Bauman

Yoram Bauman teaches environmental economics and environmental studies at the University of Washington’s Program on the Environment. He continues to pursue his side career as the world’s first and only stand-up economist. Read more…

Steve W. Berman

Steve Berman is a Managing Partner at Hagens Berman Sobol Shapiro LLP. Mr. Berman helped to found the firm in 1993 and has served as lead or co-lead counsel in securities, consumer, products liability, antitrust, employment class actions, and complex litigations in the Northwest and throughout the country. Read more…

Michael Blake

Michael Blake is an Associate Professor of Philosophy and Public Affairs at the University of Washington. His research and teaching interests include: social and political philosophy, philosophy of law and of economics, public policy, international ethics, and biomedical ethics. Read more…

Maxine Burkett

Maxine Burkett is an Associate Professor of Law at the William S. Richardson School of Law, University of Hawai‘i and serves as the inaugural Director of the Island Climate Center: The Center for Island Resiliency and Climate Policy. Read more…

Edward Cameron

Edward Cameron is a climate change and governance specialist at the World Bank’s Social Development Department where he works with the Social Dimensions of Climate Change. Before joining the World Bank, he served as Senior Advisor at the Maldives Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Read more…

Barbara Carby

Dr. Barbara Carby is the Director General of the Office of Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management in Jamaica. As such, she is responsible for the national disaster management programme in Jamaica. Read more…

Climbing Poetree

Climbing PoeTree is the expression of a growing movement for radical social change. Poets, performers, print-makers, dancers, muralists, and designers, Alixa and Naima have sharpened their art as a tool for popular education, community organizing, and personal transformation. With roots in Haiti and Colombia, Alixa and Naima reside in Brooklyn and track footprints across the country and globe on a mission to overcome destruction with creativity. Read more…

Elenora E. Connors

Elenora (Nora) E. Connors is a law fellow at the O’Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law at Georgetown University. The Institute is the premier center for health law, scholarship, and policy; its mission is to provide innovative solutions to leading domestic and international health problems. Read more…

Mac Darrow

Mac Darrow is the Coordinator of the Millennium Development Goals Unit of the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (UN/OHCHR), working on policies, programming tools, advocacy and capacity building strategies to mainstream human rights within the UN system. Read more…

Stephen Gardiner

Stephen Gardiner is an Associate Professor of Philosophy at the University of Washington, Seattle. His main areas of interest are ethical theory, political philosophy and environmental ethics. Read more…

Michael Glantz

Michael (Mickey) Glantz is the Director of the Consortium for Capacity Building (CCB), located within the Environmental Studies Program (ENVS) and Institute of Arctic and Alpine Research (INSTAAR) of the University of Colorado Boulder (CU). CCB focuses on public outreach and education, especially Climate Affairs. Read more…

Joe Guth

Joe Guth is legal director for the Science and Environmental Health Network. Joe has worked for the Natural Resources Defense Council in New York City, doing both litigation of Clean Water Act citizen’s suits and toxic chemicals regulatory policy advocacy. Read more…

Gregory A. Hicks

Gregory A. Hicks is Professor of Law and current Interim Dean at the University of Washington School of Law, Seattle, USA. He teaches courses in property law, water law, and natural resources law and policy. Most recently his research and writing have focused on issues of water rights and social landscape in the American Southwest, particularly the history and present circumstances under U.S. law of traditional Hispano irrigation communities. Read more…

Stephen Humphreys

Stephen Humphreys is Research Director at the International Council on Human Rights Policy (ICHRP), an independent research institution based in Geneva, Switzerland, where he leads research on climate change and human rights (a first report is available at www.ichrp.org). Read more…

Victoria Hykes Steere, Iñupiat

Victoria Hykes Steere is author of an essay titled “An Iñupiaq Reflection on ‘Ice,’” from Global Warming Reader, by William H. Rodgers, Jr., Jeni Barcelos, Anna Moritz, and Michael Robinson-Dorn, (in press, Carolina Academic Press, Durham). She is also a former law student of William H. Rodgers, Jr., at the University of Washington School of Law.
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John Knox

Mr. John H. Knox is a senior advisor to the Center for International Environmental Law (CIEL) and professor of law at Wake Forest University, where he teaches and writes in the areas of human rights, international environmental law, and international trade law. Read more…

Marc Limon

Marc is currently employed at the Permanent Mission of the Republic of Maldives to the United Nations Office at Geneva where he advises the Mission and the Maldives Ministry of Foreign Affairs on a range of issues including, most notably, international human rights policy and environmental policy. Read more…

Jim Lyons

Jim Lyons is the Vice President for Policy and Communications at Oxfam America. Jim has a long professional career as an environmental policy professional. Read more…

Andrew Mack

Andrew Mack is Director of the Human Security Report Project at Simon Fraser University and a faculty member of the university’s new School for International Studies. Prior to this he directed the Human Security Centre at the University of British Columbia where the Project was located until its move to Simon Fraser in May 2007. Immediately before joining UBC, Professor Mack was Visiting Professor at the Program on Humanitarian Policy and Conflict Research at Harvard (2001-02). Read more…

Daniel B. Magraw Jr.

Daniel Magraw is a renowned scholar, teacher and practitioner of international environmental law. He currently is President and Chief Executive Officer of the Center for International Environmental Law (CIEL), a public interest law organization founded in 1989 to use international law and institutions and principles of ecology and justice to protect the global environment and human health. Read more…

Dorothy McIntosh

Dorothy McIntosh is the Climate and Carbon Business Development Manager for Mercy Corps—one of the large global humanitarian aid agencies with headquarters in both the US and the UK. Read more…

Bill Neukom

In 2007 Bill Neukom became the President of the American Bar Association, where he works to champion access to legal services for the poor. He promoted the World Justice Project, an initiative to strengthen the rule of law worldwide. He currently serves as the new managing general partner of the San Francisco Giants. Read more…

Joel Ngugi

Joel Ngugi is an Associate Professor of Law at the University of Washington School of Law. His research interests include the role of law in economic development, the role of governments in market regulation and wealth allocation, and legal reforms in transition and developing economies. Read more…

Perrine Punwani

Perrine is currently the Program Manager for Conflict and Environmental Change for the International Rescue Committee. The International Rescue Committee (IRC) serves refugees and communities victimized by oppression and violent conflict worldwide. Perrine has been working with IRC country programs to hypothesize localized effects of climate change and how these may impact human security. Read more…

Carolyn Raffensperger

Carolyn Raffensperger is the executive director of the Science and Environmental Health Network. Along with leading workshops and giving frequent lectures on the Precautionary Principle, Carolyn is at the forefront of developing new models for government that depend on the larger ideas of precaution and ecological integrity. Read more…

Kilaparti Ramakrishna

Kilaparti Ramakrishna is the Senior Advisor to the Division of Environmental Law and Conventions (DELC) at the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP). Ramakrishna also has experience in working with the United Nations system, having been Special Advisor to the United Nations in drafting the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change. He also assisted with work on Intergovernmental Negotiating Committee of the Convention on Biological Diversity, and subsequently worked for a while as the Principal Officer for Implementation in CBD secretariat, Montreal. Read more…

Michael J. Robinson-Dorn

Professor Robinson-Dorn is an Assistant Professor of Law and Director of the Berman Environmental Law Clinic at the UW School of Law. In addition to teaching in the Environmental Law Program, Professor Robinson-Dorn also teaches Administrative Law. Read more…

William Rodgers

Professor Rodgers is the Stimson Bullitt Professor of Law at the University of Washington. He began teaching at the UW School of Law in 1967, spent seven years at Georgetown University Law School, and returned to the UW in 1979. Professor Rodgers specializes in natural resource law and is recognized as a founder of environmental law. Read more…

Amy Sinden

Professor Sinden joined the faculty of Temple University Beasley School of Law in 2001, bringing a decade of experience in public interest law. Her recent academic writings have criticized the misuse of economic theory in environmental law, arguing against the use of cost-benefit analysis in environmental standard setting. Read more…

Fred Soons

Professor Soons teaches public international law, international law of the sea, and international litigation at Utrecht University, the Netherlands. He is considered an expert in international law and the law of the sea, and works on boundary disputes between nations. Read more…

Alex Steffen

Alex Steffen has been the Executive Editor of Worldchanging since he co-founded the organization in 2003, as the next phase in a lifetime of work exploring ways of building a better future. In a very short time, Worldchanging has become the most widely-read sustainability-related publication on the Internet, with an archive of over 7,000 articles by leading thinkers around the world. Read more…

William J. Talbott

William J. Talbott is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Washington. He received his bachelor’s degree in philosophy from Princeton and his doctorate from Harvard. Read more…

Martin Wagner

Martin Wagner is the Managing Attorney of Earthjustice’s International Program, which uses US and international law to protect the human right to a clean and healthy environment. He was one of the primary drafters of the first human rights petition to assert violations arising out of the effects of climate change. Read more…

Ibrahim J. Wani

Ibrahim J. Wani is Chief of the Research and Right to Development Branch at the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights in Geneva, Switzerland. Read more…

Michael Wara

Stanford Law Professor Michael Wara’s research focuses on climate policy and regulation. His current scholarship addresses the performance of the emerging global market for greenhouse gases and mechanisms for reducing emissions, especially in developing countries after the Kyoto Protocol expires in 2012. Read more…

Daniel J. Weiss

Dan Weiss is the Senior Fellow and Director of Climate Strategy at the Center for American Progress in D.C., where he leads the Center’s clean energy and climate advocacy campaign. Before coming to American Progress, he spent 25 years working with environmental advocacy organizations and political campaigns. Read more…

Louis E. Wolcher

Professor Wolcher joined the faculty of the University of Washington School of Law in 1986, after nine years of law practice with the firm of Pettit & Martin, in San Francisco, and three years of teaching at the Rutgers-Camden Law School, in New Jersey. His primary research interests lie in the fields of philosophy of law, legal and political theory, and human rights. Read more…

Art Wolfe

Art Wolfe’s photographs are a superb evocation of some of the most breathtaking spectacles in the world.” Sir David Attenborough. Over the course of his 30-year career, photographer Art Wolfe has worked on every continent and in hundreds of locations. His stunning images interpret and record the world’s fast-disappearing wildlife, landscapes and native cultures, and are a lasting inspiration to those who seek to preserve them all. Read more…

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