About: In Part II of our Climate Action series, we dive into why fighting climate change is especially important for small island developing states. We take a closer look at funding commitments made during COP21 and what that money will accomplish. We also ask why it is important that we focus on supporting small island developing states in the fight towards climate change. From a climate justice perspective, why should developed countries bear the responsibility of providing support to these countries?
Listen to Part I of our Climate Action series here.
Maxine Burkett is a Professor of Law at the William S. Richardson School of Law, University of Hawai‘i and a Global Fellow at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars.
An expert in the law and policy of climate change, she has presented her work on diverse areas of climate law throughout the United States and in West Africa, Asia, Europe, and the Caribbean. She has been cited in numerous news and policy outlets, including BBC Radio, the New York Times, the International Business Times, and Nature Climate Change.
From 2009-2012, Professor Burkett also served as the inaugural Director of the Center for Island Climate Adaptation and Policy (ICAP). As the Director of ICAP, she led projects to address climate change policy and planning for island communities globally. In 2010, Burkett served as the Wayne Morse Chair of Law and Politics at the Wayne Morse Center, University of Oregon, for the Center’s “Climate Ethics and Climate Equity” theme of inquiry. She is the youngest recipient of the Chair.
Professor Burkett attended Williams College and Exeter College, Oxford University, and received her law degree from Boalt Hall School of Law at the University of California, Berkeley. Among her many public service responsibilities, Burkett is a member of the board of Global Greengrants Fund, is a member scholar of the Center for Progressive Reform, and is a member of the Federal Advisory Committee for the Sustained National Climate Assessment. She was a 2016 recipient of Williams College’s Bicentennial Medal for distinguished achievement.