Climate Change: Law and Policy

About The Professor

Title: Lecturer in Residence; Director, Global Commons Project; Associate Director, Center for Law, Energy, and the Environment

Office: 340A Boalt Hall (North Addition)

Tel: 510-643-1097

Fax: 510-643-2672

Email Address: [email protected]

FSU Contact: Leslie Stone

Cymie Payne '97, an expert in natural resource and environmental law, joined the Boalt Hall faculty in 2006 after working for international and domestic entities engaged in environmental regulation and advocacy. Following graduation from Boalt with an environmental certificate, Payne served as an attorney-advisor in the Solicitor's Honors Program at the U.S. Department of the Interior, where she advised a host of governmental agencies on land claims, endangered species protection, tribal rights and other issues. She also worked in the environmental department of Goodwin Procter's offices in Boston. Before law school, Payne served as the executive director of Earth Access, a nonprofit forest conservation organization that she founded in Cambridge, Mass.

Payne was employed from 1999 to 2005 by the United Nations Compensation Commission. As a senior attorney, she was responsible for an international team of lawyers and technical experts assessing claims of damage to the environment and public health from conflict in the Persian Gulf. In this position, she supported a panel of commissioners involved in landmark decisions that granted war reparations for environmental damage.

In addition to teaching at Boalt, Payne serves as the associate director of the Center for Law, Energy, and the Environment (CLEE) and as director of the Global Commons Project, which seeks to extend the influence of environmental law on global policy.

Payne's publications include "Guide to Sources" in The Iran-United States Claims Tribunal and the Process of International Claims Resolution (David D. Caron and John R. Crook eds., 2000) and "Local Regulation of Natural Resources: Efficiency, Effectiveness, and Fairness of Wetlands Permitting in Massachusetts" in Environmental Law (1998).


M.A., The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy (1993)

J.D., UC Berkeley (Boalt Hall) (1997)

Cymie R. Payne
Cymie R. Payne
Name: Cymie R. Payne
Institution: University of California, Berkeley