Virtual Guest Speakers 


January 30:

Professor James May, Widener University Delaware Law School  
Topic: Subnational Environmental Constitutionalism
Article - Standards in Subnational Environmental Constitutionalism
Discussion List  (Professor James May will join the discussion list from January 30-February 3).


Short Biography of Professor James May

James R. May is Distinguished Professor of Law, Widener University Delaware Law School and Chief Sustainability Officer, Widener University (USA) and co-Director of the Environmental Rights Institute at Widener University Delaware Law School, where he also serves as an Adjunct Professor of Graduate Engineering, and founded and co-chairs a program on marine policy. May is the editor of Principles of Constitutional Environmental Law (American Bar Association), and co-editor of Shale Gas and the Future of Energy (Edward Elgar), Global Environmental Constitutionalism (Cambridge), Environmental Constitutionalism in Context (Edward Elgar), New Frontiers in Environmental Constitutionalism (United National Environment Programme, forthcoming), Implementing Environmental Constitutionalism (Cambridge, forthcoming), and Standards of Environmental Constitutionalism (Cambridge, forthcoming). May is also author or co-author of more than 100 articles and book chapters, and numerous amicus briefs to the U.S. Supreme Court and U.S. federal courts of appeal on issues including environmental law, constitutional law, comparative constitutional, international environmental law, environmental rights, and human dignity.

May founded two non-profit environmental organizations (the Mid-Atlantic and the Eastern Environmental Law Centers), and has litigated more than 200 public interest environmental claims, including cases throughout the Mid-Atlantic to restore water and air quality, conserve rare species and habitats, and protect biodiversity.

May is a Member of Faculty to the National Judicial College, and a Fellow of the American College of Environmental Lawyers, for whom he has served as a delegate to Haiti and China. May has also served as a consultant to the U.S. Embassy on legal education in the Philippines, and to the Hungarian Embassy and the Moroccan Human Rights Council on constitutional reform. May is a member of Phi Beta Phi, serves on numerous boards, and has won numerous awards, including the Alumni Award from Pace University. He earned his B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Kansas (Bowman Scholar), J.D. from the University of Kansas (Appellate Advocacy Scholar and national moot court champion), and LL.M. in Environmental Law from Pace University, where he was the Feldshuh Fellow and graduated first in class.

May is a member of the bar in the State of Pennsylvania, several federal courts of appeal, and the U.S. Supreme Court.