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About Prof. Elizabeth Burleson

With an LLM in International Law from the London School of Economics, Burleson provides energy-climate-water expertise through the Burleson Institute. As a law professor and Fulbright Senior Specialist, Burleson has taught Energy Law, Human Rights and Environment, International Environmental Law, Public International Law, UN Law, International Law and China, Land Use, Property Law, International Economic Law, Trade, and the Environment, Water Law, and Environmental Law. Her ongoing work brings together international economic, social, and environmental communities to coordinate energy-climate-water solutions. Focusing on emerging international law, she has been an advisor to UNICEF's Senior Advisor for the Environment and to the New York Director of UNEP. She has also written reports for UNESCO and UNDP. She has presented on treaty making for the UN Office of Legal Affairs and UNITAR, having participated in the drafting process for the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), Agenda 21, and the Rio Declaration. She is an expert contributor to the International Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). She was a member of the UNICEF delegation to the Bali Climate Conference; the NWF and UNEP delegations to the Copenhagen Climate Conference; and the IUCN and ASIL delegations to the Cancun, Durban, Doha, Warsaw, (Lima and Paris - upcoming) Climate Conferences. Burleson is on the International Law Association’s Committees on Sea Level Rise and on Principles Relating to Climate Change, IUCN's Climate Change Core Group, and the National Wildlife Federation President's Advisory Council. She has also conducted legal research for Amnesty International's London-based International Secretariat and New York-based research division and has provided climate-energy expertise to the French, Japanese, United States, and Uruguayan governments. She has also provided legal advice to small island nations and least developed countries.


Present Faculty Member, London School of Economics and Political Science
Present UN Consultant, United Nations

Curriculum Vitae

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Honors and Awards

  • Fulbright Senior Specialist
  • National University of Singapore Centre for International Law Senior Visiting Fellow
  • UNICEF Delegate to Climate Conference
  • Driscoll China Distinguished Scholar
  • Joseph F. Noonan Award for Outstanding Legal Scholarship & Public Service

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