Bio

Elizabeth B. Hessami, J.D., LL.M., is an alumni of Vermont Law School where she completed her LL.M. in Environmental Law. Currently, she is an Adjunct Professor of Environmental Studies for Linfield College and the Johns Hopkins University and is licensed to practice law by the Washington, D.C. and U.S. Supreme Court Bars. She is also a pro-bono Visiting Attorney for the Environmental Law Institute researching post-conflict natural resources management with a focus on developing nations, particularly Afghanistan.

Elizabeth has focused her research primarily on post-conflict environmental issues in Afghanistan and transboundary water issues in Central Asia. She has spent five years researching and writing about diverse environmental issues of Afghanistan. She is passionate and knowledgeable about the nation and its people, and has published articles and blogs related to environmental management in Afghanistan. Elizabeth has been published by the Wilson Center for Environmental Security as well as the Asia Environmental Governance Blog. Elizabeth also drafted a piece on the environmental impacts of the 1979 Soviet invasion and occupation of Afghanistan for an upcoming university text entitled “The Encyclopedia of Armed Conflict”.

Elizabeth has researched and written about refugee and mass migration issues resulting from conflict, examined opportunities for hydro-diplomacy in Afghanistan, and drafted a module on pillage of natural resources in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (which will be included in a massive open online course we are developing with the UN and leading universities). She helped to draft a report for the United Nations Environment Programme on “Marine Litter Legislation: A Toolkit for Policymakers”. In this effort, she worked with attorneys from around the U.S. to collaborate on the report which serves as a survey of current marine litter legislation around the globe.

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