Gilbert and Sarah Kerlin Lecture on Environmental Law


2020 Kerlin Lecture by Elizabeth Maruma Mrema Executive Secretary of the Convention on Biological Diversity

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Join us 12:45-2:00PM
October 7, 2020
for the 2020
Gilbert and Sarah Kerlin
Lecture on Environmental Law
Lecture by
Elizabeth Maruma Mrema
Executive Secretary of the Convention on Biological Diversity
"Nature and people: the contribution of the biodiversity agenda to sustainable development"


Elizabeth Maruma Mrema, Secretary of the Convention on Biological DiversityOctober 7, 2020
Elizabeth Maruma Mrema, Secretary of the Convention on Biological Diversity
"Nature and People: the Contribution of the Biodiversity Agenda to Sustainable Development”

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Photo of Robert VerchickSeptember 26, 2019
Professor Robert R.M. Verchick
"Lights Out - Climate Resilience and Energy Justice"

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Robin BellOctober 24, 2018
Dr. Robin Bell
Research Professor at Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, Columbia University
"Change in Antartica, What Does it Mean to Us?"

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Katrina Fischer KuhNovember 13, 2017
Katrina Fischer Kuh
Haub Distinguished Professor of Environmental Law
"Against the Will of the People for the Good of Humankind: The Counter-Majoritarian Difficulty and the Role of Courts in an Environmental Democracy"

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Marc YaggiOctober 26, 2016
Marc Yaggi
Executive Director, Waterkeeper Alliance
"Power of Possibility: Birth of a Movement, Rebirth of Our Waterways"

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Richard BlumenthalOctober 13, 2015
Richard Blumenthal
United States Senator for Connecticut
"Environmental Enforcement – Giving the Law Teeth"

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Antonio A. Oposa Jr.October 1, 2014
Antonio A. Oposa Jr.
2014 Distinguished International Environmental Scholar-in-Residence, Elisabeth Haub School of Law
"Shooting Stars and Dancing Fish"

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Jason CzarnezkiSeptember 25, 2013
Jason Czarnezki
Gilbert and Sarah Kerlin Distinguished Professor of Environmental Law, Elisabeth Haub School of Law
"New York City Rules! Regulatory Tools and the Environment"

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Patricia SalkinJanuary 29, 2013
Patricia Salkin
Dean, Touro College Jacob D. Fuchsberg Law Center
"The Executive and the Environment: A Look at the Last Five Governors in New York"

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John Cruden October 27, 2011
John C. Cruden
President, Environmental Law Institute
"Making the Polluter Pay: Environmental Enforcement in the Modern Era"

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Jim Salzman October 18, 2010
Jim Salzman
Professor of Law, Professor of Environmental Policy at Duke University
"What is the Emperor Wearing? A Critical Look at the Potential of Ecosystem Services for Environmental Protection"

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Suedeen KellyOctober 8, 2009
Suedeen G. Kelly
Commissioner, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission
"Renewables and Smart Grid: Is This Where We are Headed?"

Peter LehnerOctober 1, 2008
Peter Lehner
Executive Director, Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC)
"Environment, Law, and Nonprofits: How NGOs Shape Our Laws, Health, and Communities"

John Cahill October 19, 2007
John P. Cahill '85 '92
Of Counsel, Chadbourne & Parke LLP
"Environmental Law in New York State: The Past as Prologue to the Future"

Theodore KheelOctober 30, 2006
Theodore W. Kheel
Of Counsel, Paul, Hastings, Janofsky & Walker LLP;
President and CEO, Nurture Nature Foundation
"Resolving the Conflict between Environmental Protection and Economic Development"

Malcolm GrantNovember 17, 2005
Malcolm Grant, CBE, MA, LLD, HonMRTPI, HonRICS
President and Provost, University College London (UCL)
"Reconciling Science and Public Engagement in Environmental Policy Making: European Attitudes toward Releasing Genetically Modified Organisms"

Daniel Esty November 8, 2004
Daniel C. Esty
Hillhouse Professor of Environmental Law and Policy, Yale Law School
"Bringing Administrative Law to Bear in Global Environmental Governance"

Bharat H. DesaiOctober 27, 2003
Bharat H. Desai, PhD
Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, India
"The Future of International Environmental Governance: Johannesburg and Beyond"

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Juan Mayr MaldonadoSeptember 25, 2002
Juan Mayr Maldonado
Former Minister of the Environment, Republic of Colombia
"The Role of Ethics in the Construction of a Culture for Sustainable Development"

Jacqueline Lang WeaverSeptember 20, 2001
Jacqueline Lang Weaver
A. A. White Professor of Law, University of Houston Law Center
"The Federal Government As a Useful Enemy: Perspectives on the Bush Energy/Environment Agenda from the Texas Oil Fields"

Carol Rose September 21, 2000
Carol Rose
Gordon Bradford Tweedy Professor of Law and Organization, Yale Law School
"Selling the Common Heritage? Commerce, Property and the Protection of the Environment"


KerlinThe Elisabeth Haub School of Law established the Gilbert and Sarah Kerlin Lecture on Environmental Law to expand the its programs of research, education, professional and scholarly activity and publications in environmental law, a field for which the Haub School has received national and international recognition. The Kerlin endowment funds a named professorship on Environmental Law at Haub. Professor Nicholas A. Robinson, founder of the Haub School's environmental programs, was named the first Gilbert and Sarah Kerlin Distinguished Professor in 1999 and Professor Jason J. Czarnezki was designated as the second Kerlin Distinguished Professor in 2013.

Mr. Kerlin, of counsel to Shearman & Sterling in New York City, was a distinguished lawyer. He was a founder and chairman of the Riverdale Community Planning Association, an organization that spearheaded the rezoning of the entire West Bronx to preserve the greenbelt area of that section of New York City. He was also a leader in protecting the natural environment of the Hudson River and its greenbelt area. Mr. Kerlin was the founding chairman of Wave Hill, the outstanding public garden and cultural institution in Riverdale, New York. Mrs. Kerlin, a long-time trustee of the Bank Street College of Education, was responsible for creating and supporting environmental and educational programs at Wave Hill for teachers and public school students.

Mr. Gilbert Kerlin passed away at the age of 94 in 2004; his wife of 60 years, Sarah, died in 2001. The Gilbert and Sarah Kerlin Lecture on Environmental Law continues in their honor.