Participants

Kenneth (“Ken”) Abbott

Jack E. Brown Professor of Law and Co-Director, Center for Law and Global Affairs, Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law, Arizona State University

A leading scholar in international law, Kenneth Abbott’s teaching and research focus on the interdisciplinary study of international law and international relations, including public and private institutions, environmental issues, development policy, global health, and international trade and economic law. He also has a faculty appointment in the ASU School of Global Studies, where he co-directs the global environmental governance program. Professor Abbott is a member of the editorial boards of International Theory, the Journal of International Economic Law and the Journal of International Law and International Relations.

David Androff  
 david-androff Assistant Professor, School of Social Work
Arizona State University
David Androff , MSW, PhD is an Assistant Professor in the School of Social Work at Arizona State University where he chairs the Policy, Administration, and Community Program, and teaches classes in community practice, social policy, and global social welfare. He is a  Senior Sustainability Scholar with the Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability. D r. Androff earned his Masters and Ph.D. in Social Welfare from the University of California, Berkeley. Dr. Androff is the author of  Practicing Rights: Human Rights-based Approaches to Social Work Practice  (Routlege Press, 2015).  Androff’s scholarship was recognized with the 2011 Emerging Scholar Award from the Association of Community Organization and Social Administration. He is a founding member of the CSWE Committee on Human Rights. Dr. Androff’s interests center on building strong and sustainable communities through promoting human rights. His scholarship explores the connections between human rights and social work and has investigated Truth and Reconciliation Commissions, refugee empowerment, immigration policy, human trafficking.
Steven Bernstein

Co-director of the Global Environmental Governance Program, the Munk School; Director of Graduate Studies, Department of Political Science University of Toronto

Steven Bernstein is Associate Chair and Graduate Director, Department of Political Science and Co-Director of the Global Environmental Governance research program at the Munk School of Global Affairs, University of Toronto. He was recently a convening lead author and member of the Global Forest Expert Panel on the International Forest Regime and a consultant on institutional reform for the “Rio +20” UN Conference on Sustainable Development. His research spans the areas of global governance and institutions, global environmental politics, non-state forms of governance, international political economy, and internationalization of public policy.

Dan Bodansky

Foundation Professor of Law and Co-Director, Center for Law and Global Affairs, Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law, Arizona State University

Daniel M. Bodansky is a preeminent authority on global climate change whose teaching and research focus on international environmental law and public international law. He teaches courses in international law and sustainability and is a key player in the College of Law’s new Program on Law and Sustainability. Prior to his arrival at the College of Law in 2010, Professor Bodansky was the Associate Dean for Faculty Development and Emily and Ernest Woodruff Chair in International Law at the University of Georgia School of Law. He has served as the climate change coordinator and attorney-advisor at the U.S. Department of State, in addition to consulting for the United Nations in the areas of climate change and tobacco control. Since 2001, Professor Bodansky has been a consultant and senior advisor on the “Beyond Kyoto” and “Pocantico Dialogue” projects at the Pew Center on Global Climate Change. He serves on the board of editors of the American Journal of International Law, is the U.S.-nominated arbitrator under the Antarctic Environmental Protocol, and is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the American Society of International Law. Awards include an International Affairs Fellowship from the Council of Foreign Relations, a Pew Faculty Fellowship in International Affairs, and a Jean Monnet Fellowship from the European University Institute.

Martin Edwards
 Martin-Edwards Associate Professor; Director, Center for United Nations and Global Governance Studies
School of Diplomacy and International Relations, Seaton Hall UniversityMartin S. Edwards, Director of the Center for United Nations and Global Governance Studies, joined the school in 2006. His expertise includes International Organizations and International Political Economy. Prior to joining Seton Hall, Dr. Edwards taught at Texas Tech University and at the University of Michigan. His research, which has been supported by the National Science Foundation, focuses on the surveillance role of the international economic organizations.Edwards is a member of the New Rules for Global Finance Coalition. A frequent commentator on global events for regional and international media, Edwards has received numerous awards for his work as an advisor and a teacher. He is a recipient of the Salgo-Noren Teaching Award, and he has been a university nominee for the Carnegie Foundation / CASE U.S. Professor of the Year. He has blogged for Project Syndicate on international economic affairs.
Molly Elgin-Cossart  
Molly Senior Fellow
American Progress

Molly Elgin-Cossart is a Senior Fellow at American Progress, where she works on issues involving foreign policy, international development, and global conflict. She is a nonresident fellow at New York University’s Center on International Cooperation. Previously, she was a senior fellow on global development at New York University’s Center on International Cooperation. She was chief of staff to the U.N. Secretary-General’s High-Level Panel on the Post-2015 Development Agenda, an international panel appointed by U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to advise him on the future global-development agenda. Before that, she was chief of staff at New York University’s Center on International Cooperation. She has written on the “data revolution” for development, political settlements, economic development, and the effects of military, economic, and political interventions on civilian security. She has spoken on the post-2015 development agenda at civil-society, academic, and government gatherings around the world. She received her undergraduate degree Phi Beta Kappa from Tulane University and her master’s degree from Stanford University, where she was a teaching assistant with the Introductory Economics Center and a research assistant for the Center on Democracy, Development, and the Rule of Law.
David Gartner

Associate Dean, Professor of Law and Co-Director, Center for Law and Global Affairs, Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law, Arizona State University

David Gartner teaches Constitutional Law, International Institutions, Foreign Relations Law, and Global Health Law and Policy. His current research focuses on the role of innovative international institutions and non-state actors in shaping international law and the response to global challenges in areas such as global health, development, education, and the environment. He is a Nonresident Fellow at the Brookings Institution and a term member of the Council on Foreign Relations. Before joining the faculty, Professor Gartner was a Fellow at the Brookings Institution and a Visiting Scholar at Harvard University.

 Sonja Klinksy  
 Sonja-Klinksy Assistant Professor, School of Sustainability
Arizona State University

Sonja Klinsky is particularly interested in the dilemmas inherent in attempts to address complex, multi-scalar, sustainability public policy issues. Within this, she is working on two major research trajectories. First, she is continuing to investigate how climate change policy has been developed and perceived in both domestic and international arenas. This work focuses on the development of cap and trade mechanisms, ongoing debates about justice, and the role of economic modeling in policy decision-making. Second, she is engaged in research that explores methodologies for exploring public opinion about sustainability issues. This has included work on public understandings of “pro-environmental” behavior, public perceptions of justice, and communication strategies for sustainability.
Rhett Larson  
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Associate Professor of Law

Rhett Larson’s research and teaching interests are in property law, administrative law, and environmental and natural resource law, in particular, domestic and international water law and policy. Larson graduated from the University of Chicago Law School, and received his Master of Science in Water Science, Policy, and Management from Oxford University, where he was a Weidenfeld Scholar.

Professor Larson’s recent research focuses on the impact of technological innovation on the law governing transboundary waters, as well as on the sustainability implications of a human right to water. His past research has dealt with corporate governance reform to facilitate remediation of contaminated rivers and the water rights of indigenous people based on religious water uses.

Professor Larson comes to the College of Law from the University of Oklahoma College of Law, where he taught courses in water law, energy law, property, and administrative law. Prior to that, he was a visiting assistant professor at the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law. Larson also practiced environmental and natural resource law with law firms in Arizona, focusing on water rights, water quality, real estate transactions, and climate change.

Marc Levy 
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Adjunct Professor of International and Public Affairs and Deputy Director Center for International Earth Science Information Network (CIESIN), a unit of The Earth Institute at Columbia University

Marc Levy serves as Deputy Director of the Center for International Earth Science Information Network (CIESIN), a unit of The Earth Institute at Columbia University. He is a political scientist specializing in the human dimensions of global environmental change. He has worked closely with the U.S. government and the United Nations on climate-security problems, and is currently a lead author on the Intergovernmental Panel for Climate Change Fifth Assessment.

In addition to researching climate-security connections, Levy explores methods for predicting emerging infectious disease risk and for measuring sustainable development, and is leading a project in Haiti to reduce vulnerability to disaster risks by integrating ecology and economic development goals on a watershed scale.

Before coming to Columbia University in 1998, Levy held teaching appointments at Princeton University and Williams College.

Måns Nilsson  
MansNilsson Deputy Director and Research Director at SEI and Visiting Professor (part-time) in Environmental Strategies Research at the Royal Institute of Technology (KTH)
Måns Nilsson is interested in energy and climate policy analysis, strategic assessment, innovation, European policy, and global governance.  He has slipped more than 30 papers past unsuspecting editors of academic journals.Måns Nilsson combines academic achievement with extensive management experience, overseeing SEI’s overall research strategy as well as managing multiple research and policy projects and programmes including advisory and capacity building projects in Europe, Southeast Asia and Africa. Clients have included the World Bank, the Asian Development Bank, the African Development Bank, the European Commission, the Swedish government, bilateral development agencies and the private sector.He received his MSc in International Economics from University of Lund, Sweden, and his PhD degree in Policy Analysis from Delft University of Technology, Netherlands
John Romano
 John-Romo UN Representative
Stakeholder Forum for a Sustainable FutureJohn Romano joined Stakeholder Forum in 2014. As UN Representative for Stakeholder Forum, John spearheads the organization’s work around the United Nations in New York, liaising with stakeholders and governments and assisting with the delivery of the SD2015 programme. Prior to joining Stakeholder Forum, John was a Global Policy Fellow in the International Program at the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC). He has also worked for the UNDESA’s Division for Sustainable Development as a consultant with the Major Groups Programme, and coordinated social media outreach for the UN at the Rio+20 UN Conference on Sustainable Development.John has a M.S. in Sustainability Management from Columbia University and a B.A. in Environmental Studies and Geography from Ohio Wesleyan University.
Troy Rule  
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Faculty Director, Program on Law and Sustainability, Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law, Arizona State UniversityTroy Rule teaches Property, Secured Transactions and Energy Law & Policy. He graduated with honors from the University of Chicago Law School in 2005, where he served on the Chicago Journal of International Law and was a John M. Olin Student Fellow in Law & Economics.

Prior to entering academia, Professor Rule was an attorney at K&L Gates LLP in Seattle, where his practice focused primarily on commercial real estate transactions and wind energy development. His research focuses mainly on emerging property law issues involving wind energy, solar energy, domestic drones, and other technologies. Professor Rule is the author of Solar, Wind and Land: Conflicts in Renewable Energy Development (Routledge-Earthscan, 2014).

Professor Rule was awarded the University of Missouri Graduate Professional Council’s Gold Chalk Award for Excellence in Teaching in 2011.

Mike Schoon  
 mschoon  Assistant Professor, School of Sustainability
Arizona State University
Michael Schoon is an assistant professor in Arizona State University’s School of Sustainability, focusing on policy and governance in sustainable systems. His dissertation work at Indiana University’s Ostrom Workshop in Political Theory and Policy Analysis, focused on transboundary protected areas or Peace Parks in southern Africa which won the American Political Science Association’s best dissertation award. Following that, he began as a research associate for the Center for the Study of Institutional Diversity, also at ASU, where he conducts further research on collaboration across borders from those between landowners, governmental agencies, and nation-states. For these projects, he looks at collaborative, cross-border institutional arrangements covering a range of environmental issues from biodiversity conservation to water sharing to fire management in the Arizona borderlands. His work combines multiple methodological approaches and looks at causal clusters for the formation and governance outcomes of institutional arrangements.
Michelle Scobie  
Michelle_Scobie Lecturer and Coordinator MSC Global Studies Program and Co-Editor- Caribbean Journal of International Relations and Diplomacy
The University of the West Indies
Abby York  
abigail_york Associate Professor of Goverance and Public Policy, Center for the Study of Institutional Diversity
Arizona State University
The decisions people make are shaped in part by rules and norms that constrain or induce choices. Over time groups develop strategies for solving particular problems. These shared strategies limit their choice set. Rules, norms, and shared strategies are collectively defined as institutions. Abby York studies how institutions affect the environment and in turn how environmental feedbacks influence institutional change. Beginning with my dissertation, she has used the lens of institutional analysis to investigate complex, sustainable governance challenges particularly those facing rapidly urbanizing regions. The means, approaches, empirical cases, and disciplines that she utilizes in her research, however, have evolved significantly over the past decade, and have become increasingly transdisciplinary.

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