WCEL Chair Emeritus Nicholas A. Robinson received the American Bar Association Section of Environment, Energy, and Resources (SEER) 2018 Distinguished Achievement in Environmental Law and Policy Award.
The American Bar Association SEER annually selects outstanding individuals who have distinguished themselves in environmental law and policy and have contributed significant leadership in improving the substance, process or understanding of environmental protection and sustainable development in the United States.
Professor Robinson is widely recognized in the U.S. and globally as a pioneer of modern environmental law. He began developing environmental law in 1969, when he was named to the Legal Advisory Committee of the President’s Council on Environmental Quality. During his career, he drafted New York’s wetlands and wild bird laws and was inaugurated as the first chairman of both the statutory Freshwater Wetlands Appeals Board and Greenway Heritage Conservancy for the Hudson River Valley. He edited the proceedings of the 1992 United Nations Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
Professor Robinson is Chair Emeritus of the IUCN World Commission on Environment Law, serving from 1996 to 2004, and responsible for many innovations including the launch of the IUCN Academy of Environmental Law. Professor Robinson has engaged in drafting treaties and counseling different countries on preparation of environmental laws. Additionally, he founded the highly regarded Environmental Law Program at Pace University’s Law School now named after Elizabeth Haub, both initiatives under his leadership.
Professor Robinson currently teaches at Pace University where he holds the titles of University Professor on the Environment; Gilbert and Sarah Kerlin Distinguished Professor of Environmental Law Emeritus; and Co-Director, Global Center for Environmental Legal Studies.
The American Bar Association will recognize Professor Robinson and formally give him the award on October 19, 2018 at the SEER meeting in San Diego, California.