Robert R. M. Verchick recently delivered a paper, “Resilience and Justice,” at Stanford Law School's panel on “Understanding Disasters in the Context of Climate Change.” The panel was part of a workshop focusing on how international environmental law can reduce disaster risk. Sponsored by the UN Environmental Programme, International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent, and the American Society of International Law, the workshop brought leading academic thinkers together with government officials, policymakers, representatives of international organizations, business leaders, and non-governmental and philanthropic groups to consider questions at the cutting edge of law, policy and practice in both the environmental and disaster fields.
Verchick currently holds the Gauthier~St. Martin Eminent Scholar Chair in Environmental Law at Loyola University New Orleans College of Law, and is also the Faculty Director of Loyola’s Center for Environmental Law. In addition, he is a Senior Fellow in Disaster Resilience Leadership at Tulane University. He is an expert in climate change law, disaster law, and environmental regulation. In 2009 and 2010, he served as Deputy Associate Administrator for Policy at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. In that role he helped develop climate adaptation policy for the EPA and served on President Obama's Interagency Climate Change Adaptation Task Force. In the fall of 2012, he researched climate adaptation policies in India as a Visiting Scholar at the Centre for Policy Research in New Delhi, supported by a Fulbright Award.