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Amy Parekh Mehta was born and raised in Hastings-on-Hudson in Westchester County, NY and graduated Barnard College where she completed her Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and a minor in Environmental Science. She spent most of her time in college volunteering for many non-profit environmental organizations including the New York League of Conservation Voters.
Upon graduating, Amy worked for a bi-state legislative agency called the New York/New Jersey Clean Ocean and Shore Trust where she conducted outreach at every environmental meeting, hearing, briefing, workshop and conference taking place in the tri-state area and as an Educational Coordinator for the Federated Conservationists of Westchester County where she organized and facilitated various programs, workshops, etc. for high school students who were passionate about environmental issues. Other events included a lobby day and an environmental debate night.
Subsequently, Amy completed her J.D. at Nova Southeastern University in Davie, FL. Along with her legal studies, Amy worked for the Everglades Law Center, a public interest non-profit environmental law firm, and also interned for Legal Aid Society of Broward County where she conducted legal research for Environmental Justice related cases.
After completing her J.D., she moved to New Delhi, India where she pursued a certificate course in environmental law, which then led to a brief stint in Singapore. Her next adventure was in Chicago where she explored the overlap between environmental and civil rights issues and researched environmental racism and environmentally-induced migration patterns for a civil rights organization.
Amy then pursued studies at and graduated with her Master of Laws (LL.M.) in Environmental Law from Pace University School of Law. Her coursework included an Environmental Skills course, a United Nations Environmental Diplomacy course, a course on Environmental Litigation, an Advanced Land Use Planning seminar , an Eco-Markets course, a course on Environmental Commercial Transactions and an independent study on Environmental Courts and Tribunals worldwide. During her LL.M. studies at Pace, she interned at the Permanent Mission of Suriname to the UN and the Environmental Protection Agency.
Upon completing her LL.M. in Environmental Law, Amy was appointed Programme Management Officer with the Permanent Observer Mission of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN). Her responsibilities involve conducting research, editing and writing reports, representing the organization at various meetings at the UN and supporting the Permanent Observer of IUCN to the UN. She attended the UN Conference on Sustainable Development: Rio+20 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil in June of 2012 and IUCN’s World Conservation Congress held in Jeju, Korea in September of 2012. In October of 2012, she delivered a statement on sustainable development to the Second Committee of the General Assembly at the UN. During the last several months, Amy has been actively following the Open Working Group on Sustainable Development Goals and the meetings in preparation for the High Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development and all issues related to sustainable development and the environment at the UN. She looks forward to teaching the courses "Introduction to International Environmental Law" and "Environmental Issues at the UN" in the Pace Environmental Law Summer Program during the month of July in 2013.
Introduction to International Environmental Law and Negotiation; Introduction to Environmental Issues at the United Nations