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Edward Cameron

Director of the International Climate Initiative
World Resources Institute

Edward Cameron is the Director of the International Climate Initiative. In this capacity Edward is tasked with shaping and executing an ambitious five-year strategy designed to inject urgency, ambition and innovation into the evolving global climate regime. In partnership with colleagues across the Climate and Energy Program, Edward works to catalyze low-carbon climate-resilient development through evidence-based approaches to mitigation, adaptation, technology and financing. Specific work focuses on the diffusion of clean technologies; the use of robust and transparent systems to measure, report and verify policy progress; and by thinking through adaptation approaches that reduce the vulnerability of people and communities to climate change impacts.

Prior to joining WRI, Edward worked at the World Bank’s Social Development Department, where he led initiatives on climate change, human rights and equity; designed a training course on vulnerability and resilience for development practitioners; and contributed to the preparation of Development Policy Loans. Before joining the Bank, Edward served as Senior Advisor on Climate Change to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Maldives – designing the Ministry’s climate strategy, liaising with AOSIS partners, and managing relations with the US government and the World Bank. His proudest achievement with the Maldives was leading the Human Dimensions of Climate Change initiative, which was the first State-led process to link climate change with human rights and has resulted in two UN Human Rights Council Resolutions, the incorporation of human rights language into official UNFCCC texts, and a flurry of academic work examining the role of human rights in reducing vulnerability to climate change. 

In addition to these two posts Edward spent eight years specializing in EU sustainable development policies in Brussels, most notably as Director of the European Regions Research and Innovation Network, which served as an interface between business, academia and regional government in the development of new technologies and practices. 

Edward is a graduate of University College Dublin in Ireland, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven in Belgium, and is currently finalizing his PhD thesis with Abo Akademi University in Finland.

David Hunter

Associate Professor of Law
American University Washington College of Law

David Hunter is Assistant Professor of Law and Director of the Environmental Law Program at American University's Washington College of Law. He teaches US Environmental Law, International Environmental Law, Comparative Environmental Law and the Law of Torts. Prof. Hunter was the former Executive Director of the Center for International Environmental Law, a non-governmental organization dedicated to protecting the global environment through the use of international law. Mr. Hunter is also President of Peregrine Environmental Consulting, and was formerly an environmental consultant to the Czech and Slovak environmental ministries, an environmental associate at the Washington, D.C. law firm of Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom, and executive director of WaterWatch of Oregon, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving western water laws. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Environmental Law Alliance Worldwide-US (chair), EarthRights International, the Project on Government Oversight (chair), the Bank Information Center, Protimus Educational Trust (chair) and Greenpeace USA, Inc. He is a 1983 graduate of the University of Michigan with majors in economics and political science, and a 1986 graduate of the Harvard Law School. Mr. Hunter is author of many articles on international environmental law, and is co-author of the leading textbook in the field: International Environmental Law and Policy (Foundation Press: 2001).

Evan Berry

MODERATOR

Assistant Professor
Department of Philosophy and Religion
American University College of Arts and Sciences

Evan Berry is Assistant Professor of Philosophy and Religion at American University and Co-Director of the Ethics, Peace, and Global Affairs master's program. His research interests focus on ideas of nature in modern western culture, particularly the religious roots of contemporary environmental discourse. Trained in both social scientific and theoretical methodologies, his current scholarship includes an ethnographic study of intentional communities in the Pacific Northwest, a critique of the philosophical assumptions of climate change ethics, and a book project on the role of religious language in the birth of the American environmental movement.

Marcos Orellana

Senior Attorney
Center for International Environmental Law


Marcos A. Orellana is Senior Attorney and Director of CIEL's Human Rights and Environment Program.

Prior to joining CIEL, Dr. Orellana was a Fellow to the Lauterpacht Research Centre for International Law of the University of Cambridge, UK. He also was a visiting scholar with the Environmental Law Institute in Washington DC. Previously, Dr. Orellana was Instructor Professor of international law at the Universidad de Talca, Chile and a consultant to various international governmental and non-governmental organizations. He also has provided legal counsel to the Chilean Ministry of Foreign Affairs on international environmental issues, and in that capacity has joined official delegations to meetings of select MEAs.  

In 1997-1998, Dr. Orellana completed the LL.M. program at American University Washington College of Law (WCL), during which time he also was an intern at the World Bank's Inspection Panel. In 2009 Dr. Orellana obtained his S.J.D. doctoral degree from WCL upon successful defense of a thesis entitled: Health, Safety and Environmental Measures in International Economic Law. Since 2002, Dr. Orellana has offered various courses at WCL, including: the International Law of the Sea; International Trade and the Environment; and Investment Arbitration & International Human Rights Law.

Naomi Roht-Arriaza

Democracy Fellow
USAID

Professor Naomi Roht-Arriaza's fellowship will be spent with the Rule of Law division of the Office of Democracy and Governance at USAID/Washington, where she will be a Senior Advisor for Human Rights and Transitional Justice.  The fellowship will focus on assisting USAID missions and the rule of law team to develop and deploy approaches that facilitate more effective human rights program design, implementation and monitoring; on strengthening inter-agency and intra-agency dialogue in coordinating human rights programming  and mainstreaming human rights principles into development programming.  In addition, she will provide analytical support in the area of post-conflict or transitional justice.
She comes to USAID after 18 years as Professor of Law at the University of California, Hastings College of the Law, where she teaches international human rights, international criminal law, transitional justice, law and development, and torts.  

Professor Roht-Arriaza is the author of 3 books including Impunity and Human Rights in International Law and Practice (1995) and The Pinochet Effect:  Transnational Justice in the Age of Human Rights (2005) as well as numerous articles on post-conflict justice, trials, reparations and related subjects.  She has participated in trainings and workshops with judges and prosecutors, most recently in Peru and Honduras.  She has also engaged in fact-finding, litigation, and other facets of human rights work.


Professor Roht Arriaza speaks Spanish and has lived and worked extensively in Latin America.  She has a B.A., a Masters in Public Policy and a J.D. from the University of California, Berkeley.  Following her Democracy Fellowship, she will return to UC Hastings.