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Cymie Payne, J.D., Associate Professor

Cook Office Building, Room 208

Biography: Cymie R. Payne is Associate Professor and teaches in the Department of Human Ecology and the School of Law. She studies global governance of the environment and natural resources and the evolution of international law, with a focus on climate change, ocean resources and protection of the environment in relation to armed conflict.

She has appeared as legal counsel before the Seabed Disputes Chamber of the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea and previously practiced natural resource and environmental law with the United Nations, the U.S. Department of the Interior and the law firm of Goodwin, Procter. For six years she participated in landmark decisions on the legal responsibility of aggressor states for the restoration and remediation of damage to the environment from armed conflict as legal counsel to the United Nations Compensation Commission in Geneva, Switzerland. As Director of the Global Commons Project at University of California Berkeley’s Center for Law, Energy and the Environment, she focused on the linkage of state and international climate policy, particularly with respect to emissions trading systems; conflicts of state law with international trade; and regulating risks of new technologies such as carbon sequestration.

Professor Payne is currently the Chair of the Steering Committee of the American Society of International Law’s Signature Topic Beyond National Jurisdiction. She is the Chair of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) World Commission on Environmental Law (WCEL) Specialist Group for Ocean, Coasts and Coral Reefs. She is also a member of the International Law Association, Committee on Sustainable Resources Management, and a member of the International Council of Environmental Law.

She holds a Master’s degree in international relations from The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy and a Juris Doctor from the University of California, Berkeley.

Graduate Faculty Affiliations: School of Law; Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy; Institute of Earth, Ocean and Atmospheric Sciences.