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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, and a Global Fellow at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. She is also a Co-Founder and Senior Advisor at the non-profit Institute for Climate and Peace. Burkett is an expert in the law and policy of climate change, with a specific focus on climate justice, climate-induced migration, and climate change, peace, and conflict. From 2009-2012, Burkett also served as the inaugural director of the Center for Island Climate Adaptation and Policy. Her scholarly work has been cited in numerous news and policy outlets, including BBC Radio, the New York Times, the Washington Post, and Nature Climate Change. Professor Burkett is a Co-Rapporteur for the International Law Association’s Committee on International Law and Sea Level Rise. She is also a member scholar of the Center for Progressive Reform, the Lancet Commission for Reparations and Redistributive Justice, and the American Law Institute. She serves on the boards of the Blue Planet Foundation, The Climate Museum, ELAW, Elemental Excelerator, and the Global Greengrants Fund. Prof. Burkett received her B.A. from Williams College and Exeter College, Oxford University, and received her J.D. from the University of California, Berkeley.

    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)