Professor Robert Percival received the Senior Distinguished Environmental Law Education Award in recognition of his “outstanding teaching and contributions to the field of environmental law.” At the closing dinner of the 12th Annual Colloquium of the IUCN Academy of Environmental Law on July 4, the Academy cited his establishment of Maryland’s award-winning Environmental Law Clinic and Environmental Law Program, authoring the most-widely used environmental law casebook, pioneering students’ use of film in the classroom, creating opportunities for students to present their research at international conferences, and developing digital teaching materials.
“Bob’s contribution to the environmental law community is truly global in scale, and we are extremely proud that he is a part of the Maryland Carey Law community,” said Dean Donald Tobin. “He is a fantastic teacher and scholar. After hundreds of guest lectures, paper presentations, and workshops in 26 countries on six continents, this recognition from the IUCN Academy is richly deserved.”
One of the founding members of the IUCN Academy and an internationally recognized expert on global environmental law, Percival joined the Maryland faculty in 1987 after serving as senior attorney for the Environmental Defense Fund with a clear mission to establish a world-class environmental law program.
Percival is a twice-named Fulbright Scholar and has served on the Board of Directors of the Environmental Law Institute. He is an elected member of the American Law Institute, the American College of Environmental Lawyers, and the National Committee on U.S./China Relations. Percival has served as the contributing editor for Environment and Natural Resources for the Federal Circuit Bar Journal, as co-chair of the steering committee of the D.C. Bar's Section on Environmental, Energy and Natural Resources Law, as a special master for the U.S. District Court of Maryland, and as a member of the state of Maryland's Environmental Restoration and Development Task Force.
The IUCN Academy of Environmental Law is the premier global organization of environmental law professors with members from 157 educational institutions in 57 countries. Its purpose is to build individual talent and institutional capacity in environmental law and policy as a vital contributor to effective international environmental governance; advance understanding of some of the most pressing environmental law and governance issues and propose strategies to address these issues from a legal perspective; and contribute to developing new legal mechanisms to meet urgent demands for sound global, regional and national governance.