Nicholas A. Robinson

Prof. Nicholas A. Robinson

University Professor on the Environment, and Kerlin Professor Em, Pace University School of Law

Nicholas A. Robinson is University Professor for the Environment at Pace University and the Gilbert & Sarah Kerlin Distinguished Professor of Environmental Law at Pace Law School, and since 2006 also holds an appointment as Professor Adjunct at the Yale University School of Forestry & Environmental Studies. He served from 1996-2004 as the Legal Advisor of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources (IUCN), and chaired its Commission on Environmental Law. He served on the President’s Council on Environmental Quality’s Legal Advisory Committee from 1970-72, and pioneered the early practice of environmental law in New York with James Marshall and then David Sive. In 2012, IUCN’s World Conservation Congress conferred upon him IUCN’s Honorary Membership for his contributions to IUCN and its environmental law program. In 1978, he inaugurated Pace Law School’s degree programs in environmental legal studies, taking a leave to serve as the General Counsel of the NY State Department of Environmental Conservation (1983-85). He was an environmental law delegate to the bilateral USA-USSR negotiations on cooperation in the field of environmental protection under five presidents (1974-1996).  He currently serves on the Environmental & Social Advisory Council to the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) in London.  He has chaired both the Environmental Law and International Environmental Law Committees of the New York City Bar, and served on the Board of the Environmental Law Institute (2005-11).  His publications including editing the annotated 5-volume edition of the traveaux préparatoires for the 1992 Rio Earth Summit’s Agenda 21 and the UNCED Proceedings, and two volumes on Capacity Building for Environmental Law in the Asia and Pacific Region for the Asian Development Bank. He co-edited the UN Environment Programme’s Manual on International Environmental Law (2006). He has been a draftsman for the UN World Charter for Nature (UNGA Res. 37/7) and international agreements,  for New York’s wetlands legislation and wild birds law, and for environmental impact assessment rules, and other domestic environmental legislation. He is a graduate of Brown University (Phi Beta Kappa, 1967) and Columbia University School of Law (1970).

  • BA, Brown University
  • JD, Columbia University School of Law


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