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Associate Professor
Rutgers University

Member, Bar of the State of California

Member, Bar of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts

American Society of International Law, Executive Committee (former)

American Society of International Law, Board of Editors, Insights (former)

IUCN Commission on Environmental Law, Specialist Groups: Oceans and Armed Conflict

University of California, Berkeley, School of Law (Berkeley Law), Juris Doctor

The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Master of Arts






Cymie Payne is Assistant Professor at Rutgers University, focusing on international and environmental law. She appeared in a proceeding before the Seabed Disputes Chamber of the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea on behalf of the International Union for Conservation of Nature. As Director of the Global Commons Project at University of California Berkeley’s Center for Law, Energy and the Environment, Payne focused on the linkage of state and international climate policy, particularly with respect to emissions trading systems; conflicts of state law with international trade; and regulating risks of new technologies such as carbon sequestration. Payne previously practiced natural resource and environmental law at the U.S. Department of the Interior and the law firm of Goodwin, Procter. For six years she participated in landmark decisions on the legal responsibility of aggressor states for the restoration and remediation of damage to the environment from armed conflict as legal counsel with the United Nations Compensation Commission in Geneva, Switzerland. She holds a MA from The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy and a JD from the University of California, Berkeley.


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