Daniel Magraw is a renowned scholar, teacher and practitioner of international environmental law. He currently is President and Chief Executive Officer of the Center for International Environmental Law (CIEL), a public interest law organization founded in 1989 to use international law and institutions and principles of ecology and justice to protect the global environment and human health. Mr. Magraw works on various substantive projects, including human rights and climate change, democratizing international dispute settlement, trade and environment, and the law of foreign direct investment. He teaches International Environmental Law and Policy at the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), and is Chair of the American Bar Association International Law Section Task Force on Magna Carta. He frequently serves as a consultant to the United Nations Environment Programme. In 2008, Mr. Magraw received the American Bar Association’s Award for Distinguished Achievement in Environmental Law and Policy.
From 1992-2001, Mr. Magraw was Director of the International Environmental Law Office at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. During that period, he served on scores of United States delegations to international negotiations and other meetings. He took leave to be an Agency Representative at the Council on Environmental Quality at the White House, where he co-chaired an assessment of U.S. regulation of genetically engineered organisms (5/00-1/01), and to be the Acting Principal Deputy Administrator of the Office of International Activities at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (1/01-8/01).
From 1983-92, Mr. Magraw was Professor of International Law at the University of Colorado, where he helped start the Colorado Journal of International Environmental Law & Policy and taught Public International Law, International Environmental Law, International Business Transactions, and International Development Policy and the Law. He also has taught at the University of California, Berkeley, and Georgetown University Law Center. He was a Visiting Scientist during 1989-90 at the Environmental and Societal Impacts Group of the National Center for Atmospheric Research, in Boulder, Colorado. He organized several international conferences on international law topics at the Universities of Virginia and Colorado.
Mr. Magraw has a J.D. degree from the University of California, Berkeley (1976), where he was Editor-in-Chief of the California Law Review and one of the founders of the Berkeley Law Foundation. He has a B.A. in Economics (with high honors) from Harvard University (1968), where he was student body president. He worked as an economist and business consultant in India with the Peace Corps (1968-72), where he helped develop and run the largest and most successful co-operative of its type in India. He practiced international law, constitutional law, and bankruptcy law at Covington & Burling in Washington, DC from 1978-83, during which time he spent six months practicing poverty law at the Neighborhood Legal Services Program and also worked on pro bono cases with the American Civil Liberties Union.
Among other professional activities, he is a member of the American Law Institute, and he is on the Standing Committee on State Responsibility of the American Society of International Law and the Committee on Foreign Investment Law of the International Law Association. He was the only lawyer on a National Academy of Sciences Committee analyzing the biological confinement of genetically engineered organisms. He was the Rapporteur for the American Society of International Law’s Panel on State Responsibility, the Rapporteur on Long-Range Transboundary Air Pollution of the International Law Association, a member of the Roster of Experts of the United Nations Centre on Transnational Corporations, Chair of the American Bar Association Section of International Law and Practice, a member of the American Bar Association Standing Committee on Environmental Law, a member of the Council and the Task Force on Foreign Investment Law of the Inter-American Bar Association, and a member of the U.S. Department of State’s Study Group on International Business Transactions.
Mr. Magraw has lectured extensively in the United States and abroad on a wide variety of international law topics, ranging from the jurisprudence of the International Court of Justice to international environmental law to nuclear war to international business law. He has written articles and books on many international law subjects, including books on the US-Iran Claims Tribunal, women’s human rights, the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) and the environment, and sustainable development, transparency in international dispute settlement, philosophy and environmental protection, and international environmental law.