Pace Law School announces winners of prestigious Elizabeth Haub Award for Environmental Diplomacy

Former Argentinean ambassador and University of Delaware professor to be honored

WHITE PLAINS, NY, May 3, 2011–On May 10, Pace Law School will present the 2009 and 2010 Elizabeth Haub Award for Environmental Diplomacy to Dr. Julio Barboza of Buenos Aires, Argentina and Professor Biliana Cicin-Sain of the University of Delaware, respectively.

Dr. Barboza, who is among the world’s leading experts on the international law and norms of civil liability for environmental harm and damages, is being recognized for his outstanding service to international environmental governance. Prof. Cicin-Sain is being recognized for her exceptional contributions to international efforts to preserve the world’s oceans and several international agreements relating to them.

The award ceremony will be held from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m. in the Tudor Room, Preston Hall at Pace Law School, 78 North Broadway, White Plains, NY. A reception will immediately follow.

“The Elizabeth Haub Award for Environmental Diplomacy is the foremost recognition that a diplomat can receive for extraordinary service to developing international environmental law,” said Nicholas Robinson, Pace’s University Professor on the Environment, founder of Pace Law School’s environmental law programs, and the 1992 recipient of the Elizabeth Haub Prize for Environmental Law now awarded by Stockholm University. “This year’s awardees have built a legacy of insightful accomplishment in the spheres of building the norms for accountability in case of environmental accidents and damages, and in terms of new governance systems for the oceans.”

The Diplomacy Award

This prestigious award was established in 1997 by Pace University School of Law and the International Council of Environmental Law (ICEL), in cooperation with the Haub Family. The award honors the legacy of Elizabeth Haub (1899-1977), a noted philanthropist and conservationist. It was established to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the United Nations Stockholm Conference and the 5th anniversary of the United Nations Rio de Janeiro Earth Summit.

The Diplomacy Award, which is among the most prominent environmental awards in the world, recognizes an idea or initiative leading to a new concept in the field of environmental law and policy, or a generally positive contribution to the field.

Each year, a jury comprised of members of the ICEL and Pace Law School reviews the most important diplomatic achievements in the field of environmental law and diplomacy and chooses the awardees among the best qualified.

Past recipients include Hilario G. Davide, Jr. of the Philippines, for his exceptional leadership in building consensus for the adoption of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous People by the UN General Assembly; Mohamed Sahnoun of Algeria, for his role in the negotiation of agreements crucial to sustainable development; Klaus Töpfer of Germany, for excellence in leading UNEP and advancing global environmental stewardship; and James MacNeill of Canada, for facilitating “Our Common Future,” leading the UN to convene the 1992 Earth Summit.

Dr. Julio Barboza

Dr. Julio Barboza is one of the world’s leading experts on the international law and norms of civil liability for environmental harm and damages. He is the former Argentinean ambassador to Czechoslovakia and Poland, and also served as Chief Legal Advisor to the Argentine Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Between 1979 and 1996, Dr. Barboza served on the United Nations International Law Commission (UN/ILC) as president, member and special rapporteur on the subject of “International Liability for the Injurious Consequences of Acts Not Prohibited by International Law.” He was also a judge on the former UN Administrative Tribunal in New York and Geneva. He is a member, and was formerly Governor, of ICEL.

Dr. Barboza was a lecturer at the Academy of International Law in The Hague (Netherlands). He currently teaches in the Graduate Division at the State University of Buenos Aires (UBA). He has published extensively on topics related to international and environmental law, including International Liability for Injurious Consequences of Acts Not Prohibited by International Law and Protection of the Environment (1994) and The Environment, Risk and Liability in International Law (2011).

Prof. Biliana Cicin-Sain

Biliana Cicin-Sain is professor and director of the Gerard J. Mangone Center for Marine Policy at the University of Delaware. She chairs the Global Forum on Oceans, Coasts and Islands. For nearly 20 years, Cicin-Sain collaborated with her late husband, Robert W. Knecht, co-director of the Center for Marine Policy, in pursuit of coastal and ocean management in the US and around the globe. Their book, Integrated Coastal and Ocean Management: Concepts and Practices, became standard reading on the subject by scholars and practitioners in many countries. Another book, The Future of U.S. Ocean Policy: Choices for the New Century, laid the groundwork for the work for the U.S. Commission on Ocean Policy, which developed a blueprint for ocean policy reform in 2004.

Cicin-Sain and Knecht were key participants in the 1992 Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Leading up to the 2002 World Summit on Sustainable Development in Johannesburg, South Africa, Cicin-Sain organized a broad coalition of ocean leaders from governments, UN agencies, non-governmental agencies, science groups and the private sector to successfully put ocean issues on the agenda of world leaders. Since that time, the Global Forum on Oceans, Costs and Islands has worked with much success to assist countries in fulfilling international commitments on oceans, and has tracked their progress.

The jury cited Cicin-Sain’s “outstanding contributions to the international efforts to preserve the world’s oceans and the several international agreements related to them,” adding that, “This is especially important at a time when oceans and their fisheries are under such heavy stress from climate change, pollution, acidification, and unsustainable fishing practices.”

Founded in 1976, Pace University School of Law has over 7,000 alumni throughout the country and the world and is consistently ranked among the nation’s top three programs in environmental law. It offers full- and part-time JD programs on its White Plains, NY, campus and offers the Master of Laws degree in Environmental Law and Comparative Legal Studies, and a Doctor of Laws in environmental law. The School of Law is part of Pace University, a comprehensive, independent, and diversified university with campuses in New York City and Westchester County.


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