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Richard L. Ottinger
Dean Emeritus and Founder
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Richard L. Ottinger is Dean Emeritus of The Elizabeth Haub School of Law of Pace University and a former U.S. Congressman. He is Co-Chair of the Energy Law and Climate Change Specialist Group of the World Commission on Environmental Law of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and is on the IUCN Climate Change Task Force. He is Co-Director, with Professor Nicholas Robinson, of the Haub/Pace Global Center for Environmental Legal Studies. He is Chair Emeritus and co-founder  Environmental and Energy Study Institute and is on the Honorary Board of the National Counsel for Science & the Environment, both in Washington, D.C. He served in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1965 to 1971 and 1975 to 1985, chairing the House Energy Conservation & Power Subcommittee. 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 Pace Energy and Climate Center and co-edited and co-authored its seminal work on environmental externalities: The 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.  

Ottinger specializes in educating students by involving them in action on key national and international environmental and energy issues. Thus, he involved students in a joint study with Professor Wang Xi on how U.S. environmental laws are implemented, the key conclusions of which were incorporated in the 2015 China environmental law revisions; in a study for the National University of Singapore and APCEL on laws adopted worldwide for climate change adaptation; and a seminal study on the laws required for success of energy efficiency and renewable energy initiatives.



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