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Meet the IGU Director

Professor Randall S. Abate

Director of the Institute for Global Understanding

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Randall S. Abate is the inaugural Rechnitz Family and Urban Coast Institute Endowed Chair in Marine and Environmental Law and Policy, and a Professor in the Department of Political Science and Sociology. On March 1, 2020, he was appointed Director of the Institute for Global Understanding. Professor Abate teaches courses in domestic and international environmental law, climate justice, constitutional law, and animal law. He joined the Monmouth faculty in 2018 with 24 years of full-time law teaching experience at six U.S. law schools.

Professor Abate has lectured and taught courses on international and comparative environmental and animal law topics in Argentina, Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, the Cayman Islands, China, Colombia, India, Indonesia, Kenya, Kyrgyzstan, Morocco, the Netherlands, Norway, Qatar, Serbia, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Turkey, Ukraine, the U.K, and Vanuatu. He has delivered invited book talks on these topics at several of the top universities in the world including Cambridge, Oxford, Yale, Harvard, the University of Pennsylvania, the University of Melbourne, the University of Toronto, McGill, University College London, King’s College London, and Seoul National University. In April 2013, he taught a climate change law and justice course on a Fulbright Specialist grant in Odessa, Ukraine. In July 2015, he conducted field research and published an article on environmental and human rights impacts of metal mining on indigenous peoples and vulnerable communities in Guatemala.

Professor Abate has extensive administrative leadership experience. He directed an international law program at Florida A&M College of Law, where he also served as Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, and directed an environmental law program at Florida Coastal School of Law. As director of the Center for International Law and Justice at Florida A&M from 2012-2016, Professor Abate organized an annual human rights lecture and conferences on international human rights and environmental justice issues; placed and supervised students in international law internships, including two placements with UN Headquarters and several placements in Europe and Africa; and participated in UN meetings and organizations, including the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Peoples and the UN Harmony with Nature initiative.

Professor Abate has published six books—and more than thirty law journal articles and book chapters—on domestic and international environmental and animal law topics, with a recent emphasis on climate change law and justice. He is the author of Climate Change and the Voiceless: Protecting Future Generations, Wildlife, and Natural Resources (Cambridge University Press, 2019); editor of What Can Animal Law Learn from Environmental Law? (Environmental Law Institute Press, 2d ed., 2020), Climate Justice: Case Studies in Global and Regional Governance Challenges (Environmental Law Institute Press, 2016), and Climate Change Impacts on Ocean and Coastal Law: U.S. and International Perspectives (Oxford University Press, 2015); and co-editor of Climate Change and Indigenous Peoples: The Search for Legal Remedies (Edward Elgar, 2013). Early in his career, Professor Abate handled environmental law matters at two law firms in Manhattan. He holds a B.A. from the University of Rochester and a J.D. and M.S.E.L. (Environmental Law and Policy) from Vermont Law School.

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