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Obama appoints McKinney professor to environmental commission

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Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law professor Eric Dannenmaier has been appointed to serve as a member of the Joint Public Advisory Committee of the North American Commission for Environmental Cooperation by President Barack Obama.

The commission was created under the North American Agreement on Environmental Cooperation as part of the North American Free Trade Agreement among the United States, Canada and Mexico in 1994. It promotes regional environmental cooperation and enforcement of national environmental laws within the three countries. The Joint Public Advisory Committee is one part of the commission. It has five members from each country who advise a council made up of cabinet-level environmental officers representing each country.

“I am honored that the President has asked me to serve in this important role,” Dannenmaier said. 

“The North American Commission for Environmental Cooperation is unique among international organizations in addressing transboundary environmental concerns that relate to our country’s economic, trade, and social relationships,” he said. “The Commission has been fostering environmental protection and conservation across borders for 20 years through engagement, transparency, and collaboration. I look forward to contributing to that process.”

Dannenmaier directs the Environmental, Energy and Natural Resources Law program at IU McKinney and teaches natural resources law and water law. He will remain on the faculty and continue to teach while a member of the commission.

“It means a bit more travel, and a few more nights and weekends,” he said, “but this will bring new insights to the classroom and present new research opportunities for students interested in transboundary environmental, natural resource, and economic integration issues.”

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