PUBLISHED:October 13, 2016

Punctuating International Law: Tackling Global Climate [and other Challenges] through Savvy Drafting

Sue Biniaz Lecture 10/27 Biniaz Lecture 10/27 at 12:30

Thursday, October 27
12:30 pm | Room 4047
Duke Law School

Join Sue Biniaz, U.S. State Department's lead climate change lawyer, for a wide-ranging conversation about her most recent paper titled "Comma But Differentiated Responsibilities," her career with the Legal Adviser's Office at the Statement Department, and her career path more generally. Lunch will be provided. Sponsored by the Center for Comparative and International Law, JD-LLM Program, and the Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions and University Program in Environmental Policy Seminar Series. For more information, or for a copy of her paper, please contact Ali Prince.


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, Environment, and Science 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.