Cymie Payne, Assistant Professor
Cook Office Building, Room 208
BiographyCymie R. Payne is Assistant Professor in the Department of Human Ecology at Rutgers University and the School of Law - Camden . She studies global governance of the environment and natural resources and the consequent evolution of international law, with a focus on climate change, ocean resources and peace building after armed conflict.
She has appeared as legal counsel before the Seabed Disputes Chamber of the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea and previously practiced natural resource and environmental law with the United Nations, the U.S. Department of the Interior and the law firm of Goodwin, Procter. For six years she participated in landmark decisions on the legal responsibility of aggressor states for the restoration and remediation of damage to the environment from armed conflict as counsel to the United Nations Compensation Commission in Geneva, Switzerland. As Director of the Global Commons Project at University of California Berkeley’s Center for Law, Energy and the Environment, she focused on the linkage of state and international climate policy, particularly with respect to emissions trading systems; conflicts of state law with international trade; and regulating risks of new technologies such as carbon sequestration.
She currently serves on the editorial board of the American Society of International Law’s publication Insights and on the Commission on Environmental Law of the International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources. She holds a Master’s degree in international relations from The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy and a Juris Doctor from the University of California, Berkeley.