The Law & Climate: An Insider's Look at the Paris Agreement
World leaders just agreed on a landmark deal to confront climate change. You’ve read the headlines. Now, get an inside look from the U.S. State Department’s lead climate change lawyer, Sue Biniaz. Biniaz played a critical role securing the global deal in Paris this December. Learn from someone who was at the table what we agreed to, how we got there, and what comes next.
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Susan Biniaz has been in the Legal Adviser’s Office at the State Department since 1984. She worked on legal issues related to the Middle East, diplomatic law, and outer space before turning to oceans, environmental, and scientific affairs--which has remained her specialization. After heading the legal office for European Affairs, she headed the oceans and environment legal office for many years before becoming a Deputy Legal Adviser. As Deputy, a position she held through 2013, she also supervised the Treaty Office and issues related to human rights, the Western Hemisphere, law enforcement, and private international law. She has been the principal lawyer on the climate change negotiations since 1989 and that is now her main focus. She attended Yale College and Columbia Law School and clerked for Dorothy Nelson on the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals.