David Hunter

Professor of Law
Director of the International Legal Studies Program

Office: Room 340
Phone: 202-274-4415
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David Hunter is Professor of Law, Director of the International Legal Studies Program and Director of the Program on International and Comparative Environmental Law at American University's Washington College of Law. He teaches International and Comparative Environmental Law and the Law of Torts. Prof. Hunter was the former Executive Director of the Center for International Environmental Law, a non-governmental organization dedicated to protecting the global environment through the use of international law. Mr. Hunter was formerly an environmental consultant to the Czech and Slovak environmental ministries, an environmental associate at the law firm of Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom, and executive director of WaterWatch of Oregon, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving western water laws. He currently serves on the Boards of Directors of the Bank Information Center, Environmental Law Alliance Worldwide-US, EarthRights International, and the Project on Government Oversight (chair), and is a Board Member and Member Scholar of the Center for Progressive Reform. He is also a member of the Organization of American States’ Expert Group on Environmental Law, the Steering Committee of the IUCN Commission on Environmental Law, and the Compliance Advisor/Ombudsman’s Strategic Advisors Group. He is a 1983 graduate of the University of Michigan with majors in economics and political science, and a 1986 graduate of the Harvard Law School. Mr. Hunter is author of many articles on international environmental law, and is co-author of International Environmental Law and Policy (Foundation Press) and Climate Change and the Law (Lexis Nexis Publishing).



Areas of Specialization

  • Environmental Law
  • International Environmental Law

Degrees & Universities

  • J.D., Harvard Law School 1986
  • B.A., University of Michigan 1983

  • Selected Publications

    • David Hunter & J. Salzman, Negligence in the Air: The Duty of Care in Climate Change Litigation, 155 U. Pa. L. Rev. 1741 (2007).
    • David Hunter, James Salzman & Durwood Zaelke, International Environmental Law and Policy (3d. ed., Foundation Press 2006).
    • David Hunter, Using the World Bank Inspection Panel to Defend the Interests of Project-Affected People, 4 U. Chi. J. Intl. L. 201 (2003).
    • David Hunter, An Ecological Perspective on Property: A Call for Judicial Protection of the Public's Interest in Environmentally Critical Resources, 12 Harv. Envtl. L. Rev. 311 (1988) (reprinted in 20 Land Use & Envtl. L. Rev. (1989)).
    • + More Publications...

    • Books

    • David Hunter & J. Salzman, International Environmental Law and Policy: Treaty Supplement (3d. ed., Foundation Press 2007).
    • David Hunter, Shaping the Future of Sustainable Finance: Moving the Banking Sector From Promises to Performance (World Wildlife Fund Jan. 26, 2006).
    • David Hunter, A. Durbin, S. Herz & J. Peck, Shaping the Future of Sustainable Finance: Moving the Banking Sector from Promises to Performance (WWF-UK 2005).
    • David Hunter, C. Opaso, & M. Orellana, El Legado del Bio-Bio: Reformas Instituticonales y Promesas Incumplidas en la Corpracion Financiera International (D. Clark, ed., Derecho A Exigir Respuestas, Siglo XXI Editores 2005).
    • David Hunter, An Evaluation of the International Export Credit Agency Reform Campaign, a Report to the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation ( Fall 2003).
    • David Hunter, Strategies for Reforming the OECD, a Report for the ECA Reform Campaign ( Summer 2003).
    • David Hunter, An Independent Evaluation of Public Interest Enviornmental Law in Developing Countries, a Report to the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation ( Spring 2003).
    • David Hunter, Planning, Designing and Implementing Policies to Control Ozone Depleting Substances Under the Montreal Protocol: A Handbook of Policy Setting at the National Level (UNEP 2003).
    • David Hunter & L. Udall, Review and Recommendations for a New Independent Accountability Mechanism at the Asian Development Bank, A Report to the Asian Development Bank ( Fall 2002).
    • David Hunter & A. Perrault, Assuring the Effectiveness of the Inter-American Convention for the Protection and Convservation of Sea Turtles: A Resouce Guide (World Wildlife Fund July 2002).
    • Other Publications

    • David Hunter & Kirk Herbertson, Standards for Sustainable Finance of the Energy Sector, 7 Sustainable Dev. L. & Policy 4 (Spring 2007).
    • David Hunter & N. Bridgeman, Narrowing the Accountability Gap: Toward a New Foreign Investor Accountability Mechanism, 20 Geo. J. Intl. Envtl. L. Rev. __ (forthcoming 2007).
    • David Hunter & J. Salzman, Negligence in the Air: The Duty of Care in Climate Change Litigation, 155 U. Pa. L. Rev. 1741 (2007).
    • David Hunter, The Future of US Climate Policy, in Canada's Role In Addressing Climate Change (J. Brunnee, et al., eds., U. of Toronto Press 2007).
    • David Hunter, New Challenges in an Era of Global Water Scarcity, Sustainable Dev. L. & Policy (Fall 2004).
    • David Hunter, Foreword, in The World Summit on Sustainable Development (Universidad Catolica del Peru 2004).
    • David Hunter, M. Orellana & C. Opaso, The Biobio's Legacy: Institutional Reforms and Unfulfilled Promises at the International Finance Corporation, in Demanding Accountability (Rowman & Littlefield 2003).
    • David Hunter, Using the World Bank Inspection Panel to Defend the Interest of Project-Affected People, 4 U. Chi. J. Int'l L. 201 (2003).
    • David Hunter & N. Bernasconi-Osterwalder, Democratizing Multilateral Development Banks, in The New "Public": The Globalization of Public Participation (ELI 2002).
    • David Hunter, Global Environmental Protection in the 21st Century, in Global Focus: U.S. Foreign Policy at the Turn of the Millenium (St. Martin's Press 2000).
    • David Hunter, Amazon Burning and the World Bank: Lessons from the Second World Bank Inspection Panel Claim, 1 Eco-Notes: Envtl. L. Policy 1 (Spring 1996).
    • David Hunter & Lori Udall, The World Bank's Inspection Panel, CIEL Issue Brief No. 1 (April 1994) (reprinted in Environment, Nov. 1994).
    • David Hunter & Margaret Bowman, Environmental Reforms in Post-Communist Central Europe: From High Hopes to Hard Reality, 13 Mich. J. Intl. L. 923 (Summer 1992).
    • David Hunter, Toward Global Citizenship in International Environmental Law, 28 Williamette L. Rev. 547 (1992).
  • + Selected Presentations

    • David Hunter, Presentation, Lessons from the European Union in Developing a Carbon Market (University of Wisconsin International Law Symposium, Madison, Wis., Mar. 6, 2009).
    • David Hunter, Presentation, The World Bank Role in Climate Change (Environmental Law Alliance Worldwide Annual Meeting, Eugene, Or., Feb. 23, 2009).
    • David Hunter, Presentation, Rights and Climate Change Negotiations (University of Oregon International Law Review Symposium, Eugene, Or., Feb. 20, 2009).
    • David Hunter, Panelist, Future of Climate Change Torts (ABA Section on Litigation Joint Meeting, Aspen, Colo., Jan. 12, 2008).
    • David Hunter, Speech, The Role of Environmental Law in Achieving Sustainable Development (Belize City, Belize, Jan. 20, 2006).
    • The Legal Dimensions of Climate Change (Washington College of Law, Wash., D.C. Nov. 15, 2005) (Webcast).
    • David Hunter, Speech, Enviornmental Protection and Legal Empowerment (National Latino/a Law School Conference, Wash., D.C., Oct. 21, 2005).
    • David Hunter, Speech, Managing Environmental and Social Risks in Emerging Markets (Annual ALI-ABA Intl. Envtl. L. Conf., D.C., May 5-6, 2005).
    • David Hunter, Speech, Emerging Administrative Law at International Financial Institutions (Global Admininstrative Law Conference, N.Y.U. L. Sch., N.Y.C., N.Y., Apr. 25-26, 2005).
    • David Hunter, Speech, Accountability Mechanisms at International Financial Institutions (Royal Institute of International Affairs, London, Eng., Sept. 12, 2003).
    • David Hunter, Speech, Future Trends in International Environmental Law (Utah State University, Logan, Utah, Feb. 2, 2002).
    • David Hunter, Speech, The Role of International Law in Achieving Sustainable Development (MacArthur Found. Envtl. L. Grantees Meeting, Lima, Peru, Mar. 20, 2001).
    • David Hunter, Speech, Seven Environmental and Human Rights Principles for Multinational Corporations (Fourth Annual Sustainable Enterprise Summit, Wash., D.C., Sept. 20, 2000).
    • David Hunter, Speech, Environmental Policies in Export Credit Agencies (Environmental Grantmakers' Association., Mohonk, N.Y., Sept. 12, 2000).
    • David Hunter, Speech, The World Bank Inspection Panel's Experience in Latin America (Latin Am. Stud. Assn. Annual Conf., Chi., Ill., Sept. 25, 1998).
    • David Hunter, Speech, Accountability and the Rule of Law Among International Financial Institutions (African Society of International Law, Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire, Aug. 1997).