Helping Vulnerable Communities Adapt to Climate Change
Director and Associate Professor of Law
Monday, April 20, 2009, 5:30 p.m.
Reception Immediately Following
Law School, Classroom 2
2515 Dole Street
Maxine Burkett is an Associate Professor of Law at the Law School and serves as the inaugural Director of the Center for Island Climate Adaptation and Policy (ICAP). Professor Burkett attended Williams College and Exeter College, Oxford University, and received her law degree from Boalt Hall School of Law at the University of California, Berkeley. Professor Burkett’s courses include Torts, Climate Change Law and Policy, Environmental Law, Race and American Law, and International Development. She has written in the area of Race, Reparations, and Environmental Justice. Currently, her work focuses on “Climate Justice,” writing on the disparate impact of climate change on poor and of-color communities and the United States’ ethical and legal obligation to these communities nationally and internationally. She has presented her research on Climate Justice throughout the United States, West Africa, and the Caribbean. As the Director of ICAP, she leads projects to address climate change law, policy, and planning for island communities in Hawai‘i, the Pacific region, and beyond.
The Center for Island Climate Adaptation and Policy facilitates a sustainable, climate-conscious future for Hawai‘i, the Pacific, and global island communities through innovative research and real-world solutions to island decision-makers in the public and private sectors. ICAP is an interdisciplinary program among the Law School’s Environmental Law Program, Sea Grant, the College of Social Sciences, the Hawai‘inuiakea School of Hawaiian Knowledge, and the School of Ocean and Earth Sciences and Technology. This lecture is co-sponsored by the Law School’s Ka Huli Ao Center for Excellence in Native Hawaiian Law, the Kamakakūokalani Center for Hawaiian Studies and the Department of Urban and Regional Planning.
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