Student Lunch Series: A Conversation With Sue Biniaz
Sue Biniaz, the US Department of State’s top climate lawyer, has been at the center of all major international climate agreements for more than 20 years, including the Paris Climate Agreement. She joins EPIC as a distinguished visiting fellow this winter quarter and as a visiting lecturer at the University of Chicago Law School. Come hear an insider’s view on the art and craft of international negotiations, what tools and strategies have proved most (and least) successful, and what a Trump administration might mean for both existing agreements and America’s negotiating posture in the world going forward. Join us as we welcome her to campus and don’t miss the opportunity to get your questions answered at this special edition of the student lunch & learn series.
Saieh Hall, Room 112View Map
Sue 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.