Erskine B. Wood Hall
Chris Wold came to Lewis & Clark Law School in 1994 to add an international environmental component to the school’s environmental law program. Chris directs the law school’s International Environmental Law Project, which provides students with practical experience in international environmental law, and teaches several international environmental law courses. As part of this work, he has been the legal advisor to the Convention on Migratory Species in 2014 and the United Kingdom for the 2001 meeting of the International Whaling Commission. He has also worked with the Ministries of Environment in Bulgaria and Ukraine to review their environmental laws for consistency with their international obligations. In Mauritius, he developed legislation to protect environmentally sensitive areas.
He was appointed to the National Advisory Committee to provide the Environmental Protection Agency with advice on environmental cooperation among the three North American governments. He continues to provide legal and technical advice to small island developing states in the climate change negotiations and to numerous nongovernmental organizations on issues concerning the World Trade Organization, Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora, the Convention on Biological Diversity, and the Convention on Migratory Species, among other treaties and international institutions.
He won the Bernard F. O’Rourke Award in 1990 for outstanding student writing on a natural resources topic. Before coming to the law school, he was a staff attorney with the Center for International Environmental Law and the Environmental Law Alliance Worldwide-U.S. (E-LAW). He also taught at American University’s Washington College of Law, Washington, D.C., as an adjunct professor. When not in his office, he is birdwatching, playing basketball, biking, or hiking.