Director of International Environmental Law
Adjunct Professor of Law, NYU Law
He is the Legal Advisor to the Chair of the Alliance of Small Island States (AOSIS) at the United Nations. AOSIS, currently chaired by Antigua & Barbuda, is the negotiating group on climate change, sustainable development, and oceans issues for the 39 small island developing states around the world. He has been legal advisor since 2013 and participated in the negotiation of the Paris Climate Agreement, focusing on institutional and compliance issues, and the incorporation of non-state actors into the international agreement. In addition, he directs the AOSIS Fellowship, a SIDS-designed capacity building and policy empowerment program that brings early career SIDS diplomats to New York and UN Headquarters for a year of training and practical experience in their diplomatic missions.
On the academic side, he is the Director of the United Nations Diplomacy Clinic and Adjunct Professor of Law at the NYU School of Law, and Senior Fellow at the Guarini Center on Environmental, Energy and Land Use Law. He teaches International Environmental Law, Global Environmental Governance, and UN Diplomacy. He has authored a number of articles and a book, focusing on the governance of global environmental problems and the incentives and legal and institutional regimes created to manage these problems.
He has an LLM in International Law from NYU Law, a JD from the University of Toronto, and a BSc in Biology from McMaster University. He practiced private international law in Toronto and was a policy expert and advocate for higher education.
Plastic Production in SIDS: Preliminary Data on the Role of Small Island Developing States in Global Plastic Production
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SIDS & Marine Plastic Pollution: A Look at How Small Island Developing States are Impacted by Plastic Pollution
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Climate Ambition and Sustainable Development for a New Decade: A Catalytic Framework
This paper examines the Global Climate Action Agenda (GCAA) and discusses options to improve sub‐ and non‐state involvement in post‐2020...Read More