Founder and President, Institute for Governance & Sustainable Development
Durwood Zaelke is founder and president of the Institute for Governance & Sustainable Development in Washington, DC and Paris, where he focuses on reducing air pollution and other short-lived climate pollutants (HFCs, black carbon, tropospheric ozone, and methane) in various venues primarily outside the UNFCCC, including the Montreal Protocol, UN E's Atmospheric Brown Could Program, and the Climate & Clean Air Coalition to Reduce Short-Lived Climate Pollutants, as well as through national and regional laws and regulations.
Mr. Zaelke also is Director of the Secretariat for the International Network for Environmental Compliance & Enforcement, a trans-governmental network of 5,000 enforcement and compliance officials from 150 countries; co-founder and co-Director of the Program on Governance for Sustainable Development at the University of California, Santa Barbara's Bren School of Environmental Science & Environmental Law; and founder and past Director of the International Comparative Environmental Law Program at the Washington College of Law, American University. He continues to teach at both Washington College of Law, and at the Bren School. Mr. Zaelke has also taught at Yale Law School, Duke Law School, and Johns Hopkins University.
Earlier in his career, Mr. Zaelke spent a decade litigating environmental cases for the US Department of Justice and the Sierra Club Legal Defense Fund in Alaska (now EarthJustice). He is a graduate of Duke Law School (1972), where he was an edit of the DUKE LAW JOURNAL, and a member of the bar in California, Washington, DC, and Alaska.
Mr. Zaelke is the author, co-author, or editor of several books and articles, including International Environmental Law & Policy (4th ed. 2010, with Hunter & Salzman).