Maxine Burkett


Maxine Burkett is a Professor of Law at the William S. Richardson School of Law, University of Hawaii 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. Her work has been cited in numerous news and policy outlets, including BBC Radio, the New York Times, the Washington Post, and Nature Climate Change. From 2009-2012, Maxine also served as the inaugural Director of the Center for Island Climate Adaptation and Policy. She is currently the co-founder and director of the Institute for Climate and Peace. Maxine received her B.A. from Williams College and Exeter College, Oxford University, and received her law degree from the University of California, Berkeley. She is a member of the board of the Global Greengrants Fund, ELAW, and the Blue Planet Foundation. Professor Burkett is also a member scholar of the Center for Progressive Reform and the American Law Institute.