Elisabeth Haub School of Law's Environmental Law Program Enhances its Global Footprint with 2019 Haub Visiting Scholars

November 7, 2018 Press Release
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Pace University’s Elisabeth Haub School of Law (Haub Law) announces its 2019 Haub Visiting Scholars, who include internationally recognized leaders in environmental law. Ben Boer, Distinguished Professor at the Research Institute of Environmental Law at Wuhan University and Professor Emeritus at Sydney Law School, Marta Andhov, Assistant Professor of the Centre for Enterprise Liability, Faculty of Law, University of Copenhagen, and Professor Paulo de Bessa Antunes of the Universidade Federal do Estado do Rio de Janeiro will join the law school this spring as Visiting Scholars.

“The Elisabeth Haub School of Law is proud to welcome Professors Boer, Andhov and de Bessa Antunes as our 2019 Haub Visiting Scholars,” said Dean Horace Anderson. “The Haub Visiting Scholars program is a reflection of how our top ranked environmental law program continues to be at the forefront of scholarship and innovation in environmental law. I am excited that by working with these scholars, our students will grow in their understanding of law and policy, and the intersection of the two.”

“Over four decades, Haub Law has established dozens of international partnerships that have benefitted our students and given our program a global reach,” said Gilbert and Sarah Kerlin Distinguished Professor of Environmental Law and Associate Dean and Executive Director of Environmental Law Programs Jason Czarnezki. “I am excited that these scholars bring expertise to the law school that will strengthen our Brazil program, re-ignite our China portfolio, and help us build our programming in sustainable business.”

“I am delighted to be named as one of the Haub Visiting Scholars for 2019,” said Professor Ben Boer.  I look forward to interacting once again with Haub Law students and staff, and discussing areas of mutual scholarly and teaching interest.  My particular focus will be the international and national environmental law implications of the emerging Chinese concept of ‘ecological civilization,’ including how that concept plays out in the context of the ‘Belt and Road Initiative.’  I will also be looking to promote the links between the newly established Wuhan University Environmental Law Clinic and the Pace Environmental Litigation Clinic.”

“Joining Haub Law as a Visiting Scholar is a great privilege and honor. I am very excited to meet new colleagues and hopefully work on new collaborative ideas as well as interact with the brilliant students for who Haub Law is well known,” said Assistant Professor Marta Andhov.

“Being a 2019 Elisabeth Haub Visiting Scholar is a great achievement for an Environmental Law professor,” said Professor Paulo de Bessa Antunes. “Pace has a long tradition in Environmental Law and a strong relationship with Brazil. Being a part of this is something that really makes me proud. I deeply want to contribute to the improvement of comparative studies of both Brazilian and American experiences in such an important aspect of modern life. It is also a great opportunity to meet people from many different countries and create links of friendship and understanding.”

Ben Boer is one of the most respected environmental law experts and scholars.  He has written extensively in the areas of environmental and heritage law, human rights in environmental law, and international environmental law. The importance of his scholarship has been recognized by his appointment to advisory boards of some of the leading environmental law journals and several environmental law centers in the Asia Pacific region. He has acted as advisor to leading UN agencies and country environmental law programs. Professor Boer has held leadership positions with the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN), including as Deputy Chair of the World Commission on Environmental Law, and a co-founder and director of the IUCN Academy of Environmental Law. His contributions were recognized by the  Academy through the grant of its Senior Scholarship Award in 2015. He is the co-editor of the newly established Chinese Journal of Environmental Law. 

Marta Andhov is an Assistant Professor at the Centre for Enterprise Liability, Faculty of Law in Copenhagen, Denmark. Over the past several years, Professor Andhov launched and has been involved in several international prestigious research projects as well as established strategic international research collaborations in the area of sustainable public procurement. Professor Andhov is an expert in public procurement law and has focused on issues of environmental, social and strategic considerations in public procurement. She teaches in the area of public procurement, Corporate Social Responsibility, and International Commercial Arbitration in universities around the world, including Kings College in London and several universities in Australia.

Paulo de Bessa Antunes comes to the Law School from the Universidade Federal do Estado do Rio de Janeiro where he is an Associate Professor and Chair of Environmental Law. He previously served as a federal prosecutor in Brazil as well as Head of the Legal Department of the Secretariat of State for the Environment for the State of Rio de Janeiro. De Bessa Antunes has extensive experience in environmental law and litigation, dealing with complex topics like environmental, indigenous and diffuse rights issues. He is also one the most respected authors in the Environmental Law filed in Brazil.

In their roles at Haub Law, the Haub Visiting Scholars will collaborate with faculty, guest lecture classes, and work closely with students in the Environmental Law Program and others. As previously announced, funding for the Haub Visiting Scholars was made possible by a gift from the Haub family in recognition of the essential role of environmental science, informatics and other technology and allied fields towards formulating environmental policy and law.

Haub Law’s environmental law program is consistently ranked among the top in the country by “US News &World Report.” The Elisabeth Haub School of Law at Pace University launched its environmental law program in 1978; it has long been ranked among the world’s leading university programs. Pace’s doctoral graduates teach environmental law at universities around the world. Pace’s J.D. alumni are prominent in environmental law firms, agencies and non-profit organizations across the U.S. and abroad.

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