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Maxine Burkett

Global Fellow

    Term

    February 9, 2017 — August 31, 2021

    Professional affiliation

    Professor, William S. Richardson School of Law, University of Hawai’i

    Wilson Center Projects

    "Climate Change Law and Policy"

    Full Biography

    Maxine Burkett is a Professor of Law at the William S. Richardson School of Law, University of Hawai‘i. An expert in the law and policy of climate change, she has presented her work on diverse areas of climate law throughout the United States and in West Africa, Asia, Europe, and the Caribbean. Her work has been cited in numerous news and policy outlets, including BBC Radio, the ABA Journal, the New York Times, and Nature Climate Change. From 2009-2012, Professor Burkett also served as the inaugural Director of the Center for Island Climate Adaptation and Policy (ICAP). Professor Burkett received her B.A. from Williams College and Exeter College, Oxford University, and received her law degree from the University of California, Berkeley. Burkett is Vice-Chair of the Global Greengrants Fund Board of Directors, is a member scholar of the Center for Progressive Reform, and is a member of the Federal Advisory Committee for the Sustained National Climate Assessment. She was a 2016 recipient of Williams College's Bicentennial Medal for distinguished achievement.

    Major Publications

    Lessons from Contemporary Resettlement in the South Pacific, 68 COLUMBIA J. INT’L AFFAIRS 2 (Spring 2015)
    The Nation Ex-Situ: On Climate Change, Deterritorialized Nationhood, and the Post-Climate Era, 2 CLIMATE LAW 1 (Fall 2011)
    Climate Refugees, in SHAWKAT ALAM, JAHID HOSSAIN BHUIYAN, TAREQ M.R. CHOWDHURY AND ERIKA J TECHERA, EDS., ROUTLEDGE HANDBOOK OF INTERNATIONAL ENVIRONMENTAL LAW (Routledge, Oxford, 2012)

    Previous Terms

    Public Policy Fellow, Environmental Change and Security Program. “Causes and Impacts of Climate Induced Migration” (June 20, 2016 - July 22, 2016)