Yale’s James Speth

Front Page / Mar. 12, 2009 12:00am EDT

To Teach at Vt. Law

To Teach at Vt. Law

One of the country’s key figures in environmental law and policy will join the faculty of Vermont Law School, VLS announced this week.

James Gustave Speth, a co-founder of the National Defense Resources Council, will leave his current position as dean of the prestigious Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies to come to Vermont Law School starting July of next year.

"Gus Speth is among a small number of thought leaders on international environmental law and policy,” said VLS President and Dean Jeff Shields. “He will be extraordinarily valuable to Vermont Law School as we work to further strengthen both our policy work and our academic program.”

Speth has served as dean and professor at Yale since 1999. Prior to that, he served as administrator of the United Nations Development Programme and chair of the UN Development Group.

Earlier, he was founder and president of the World Resources Institute; professor of law at Georgetown University Law Center; chairman of the U.S. Council on Environmental Quality; and senior attorney and co-founder of the Natural Resources Defense Council.

Among his awards are the National Wildlife Federation's Resources Defense Award; the Natural Resources Council of America's Barbara Swain Award of Honor; a Special Recognition Award from the Society for International Development; the Lifetime Achievement Award of the Environmental Law Institute; and the Blue Planet Prize.

"Gus has been an extraordinary teacher, scholar and leader on environmental matters for 40 years,” Shields declared. “I am confident that his very best work will come over the next decade at Vermont Law School."

Speth said that joining the VLS faculty “is a wonderful opportunity.

“The school is now a leading international center for the study and teaching of environmental law, with a great faculty and great students. I'm looking forward to teaching, writing, and pursuing some ideas from my previous books,” he said.

Speth and his wife Cameron will reside in Strafford.

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