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IUCN Delegate Richard Ottinger`s Copenhagen Blog

A daily blog by the Honorable Richard L. Ottinger

Richard L. Ottinger is Dean Emeritus of Pace University School of Law and a former U.S. Congressman. He is Chair of the Energy Law and Climate Change Specialist Group of the Commission on Environmental Law of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and is on the IUCN Energy Initiative Executive Committee. He also is Co-Director, with Professor Nicholas Robinson, of the Pace Center for Environmental Legal Studies. He is Board Chair of the Environmental and Energy Study Institute in Washington, DC He served in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1965 to 1971 and 1975 to 1985, chairing the House Energy Conservation & Power Subcommittee in the latter period. During this time, he specialized in writing federal energy and environmental legislation. Ottinger then taught environmental law at Pace Law School from 1985 to 1994, after which he served as Dean until July 1, 1999. He founded the Energy and Climate Center and co-edited and co-authored the seminal work on environmental externalities, Environmental Costs of Electricity (Oceana Press, 1990). He has authored and edited some 100 books and articles on sustainable energy, including The Law of Energy for Sustainable Development and Compendium of Sustainable Energy Laws, both published in 2005 by Cambridge University Press. He is currently writing the bioenergy chapter in a UN University Press book, International Environmental Law and its Role in Development.