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Chris Wold

Professor of Law and Director, International Environmental Law Project


Lewis and Clark Law School 10015 S.W. Terwilliger Boulevard
Portland, Oregon 97219

Chris Wold is a Professor of Law and Director, International Environmental Law Project at Lewis & Clark College.

Professor Wold specializes in international environmental law, focusing particularly on the relationship of trade and environmental law, climate change law, and international wildlife law. He has taught courses in international environmental law, comparative environmental law, climate change and the law, trade and the environment, and ocean and coastal law. Professor Wold founded IELP at Lewis & Clark Law School in 1996 to provide law students with in-class instruction and real-life experiences participating in international environmental lawmaking.

In recent years, Professor Wold has advised the government of Mauritius concerning ways to protect environmentally sensitive areas. He has served on the United Kingdom’s delegation to the International Whaling Commission. He was appointed to EPA’s National Advisory Committee to provide EPA with advice on environmental cooperation among the three North American governments. He continues to provide legal and technical advice to small island developing states in the climate change negotiations and to numerous nongovernmental organizations on issues concerning the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora, the Convention on Biological Diversity, and the Convention on Migratory Species, among others.

Professor Wold is author of many articles on international environmental law, and is co-author of two textbooks, Climate Change and the Law (2009) and Trade and the Environment: Law and Policy (2d. ed. 2011). His most recent articles focus on the relationship between trade and environmental law, including Taking Stock: Trade’s Environmental Scorecard after Twenty Years of “Trade and Environment,” 45 Wake Forest L. Rev. 319 (2010); Evaluating the NAFTA and Commission for Environmental Cooperation: Lessons for Integrating Trade and Environment in Free Trade Agreements, 28 St. Louis U. Pub. L. Rev. 201 (2008); and The Inadequacy of the Citizen Submission Process of Articles 14 & 15 of the North American Agreement on Environmental Cooperation, 26 Loyola of Los Angeles Int’l & Comp. L. Rev. 415 (2004).

Prior to joining the faculty of Lewis & Clark Law School, he was a staff attorney at the Center for International Environmental Law and the Environmental Law Alliance Worldwide-US (ELAW-US). He remains of counsel with ELAW-US.

He is a 1986 graduate of St. Olaf College with a major in chemistry, and a 1990 graduate of Lewis & Clark Law School, where he won the Bernard O’Rourke Award for outstanding writing on a natural resources topic.