Nicholas A. Robinson

Nicholas A. Robinson founded the environmental legal studies program at Pace Law School in 1978, including its Environmental Litigation Clinic in 1985, which was set up to represent the Hudson Riverkeeper. He is Pace’s University Professor for the Environment, and also teaches at the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies. Prof. Robinson authored New York’s wetlands legislation and the State’s wild bird law. He served from 1983-85 as the Deputy Commissioner and General Counsel for the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation and was the first chairman of the Hudson Valley Greenway Conservancy, established by the State legislature. He is the author of many books and articles, including a new text on Climate Change Law. The World Conservation Congress in 1994 elected him to chair the Commission on Environmental Law of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN), the highest professional position in environmental law globally. He also served as IUCN’s Legal Advisor for a decade. He has lectured abroad on environmental law in more than 100 nations, helped draft the United Nation’s World Charter for Nature, and worked on the development of the Convention on Biological Diversity. For 20 years he was a US government delegate to the USA-USSR environmental law negotiations, and he currently serves on the Environment & Social Advisory Council to the European Bank for Reconstruction & Development in London, building environmental programs in the former Society Union region. Forty years ago, he served on the Legal Advisory Committee to the President Council on Environmental Quality, establishing the procedures for the environmental impact assessment process. Locally, he serves on the steering committee for the Pocantico River Watershed Conservancy and for eight years chaired the Planning Board of the Village of Sleepy Hollow. He is a graduate of Brown University (Phi Beta Kappa) and Columbia University School of law.

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