This month, Jacob Elkin joins the Sabin Center as the 2021-2022 Climate Law Fellow. His work at the Sabin Center will include the Renewable Energy Legal Defense Initiative, the Climate Attribution Database, the Climate Reregulation Tracker, the New York State and City Climate Law Trackers, as well as submitting comment letters on administrative proceedings.

Jacob graduated from Columbia Law School in 2021, where he was awarded the Alfred S. Forsyth Price for dedication to the advancement of environmental law. While there, Jacob participated in the Environmental Law Clinic and served as the Managing Online and Symposium Editor for the Columbia Journal of Race and Law. His student Note, Environmental Justice and Pennsylvania’s Environmental Rights Amendment: Applying the Duty of Impartiality to Discriminatory Siting, was published in Volume 11 of the Columbia Journal of Race and Law. He holds a B.A. from the University of Chicago.

Maria Antonia Tigre also joins the Sabin Center as a Global Climate Litigation Fellow, where she will oversee the Non-US Climate Litigation Database, as well as conduct research into emerging trends, theories and developments in global climate change litigation.

Prior to the Sabin Center, she was a senior attorney at the Environment Program of the Cyrus R. Vance Center for International Justice, where she provided pro bono legal services to NGOs across the globe, especially in issues related to protected areas and the interface between human rights and the environment. She was also a fellow at the Word Resources Institute after having worked for several years in private practice.

Maria Antonia serves as the Director of Latin America for The Global Network for the Study of Human Rights and the Environment, is a member of the IUCN World Commission on Environmental Law, and also coordinates the environmental rights research group at the Global Pandemic Network.

In addition to being the author of several publications on regional and international environmental law, she is also a TEDx speaker and a frequent speaker at conferences and symposiums.

Maria Antonia is currently an S.JD. candidate in international environmental law at the Elisabeth Haub School of Law at Pace University. She received a dual LL.M., magna cum laude, with certificates in environmental law and comparative legal studies, from the Elisabeth Haub School of Law at Pace University, in 2013. She received her LL.B. from the Pontifícia Universidade Católica of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

We are thrilled to have Jacob and Maria Antonia on board and look forward to sharing their work soon.

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