Faculty - Gustavo Alanis Ortega

Gustavo Alanis Ortega is an Adjunct Professor at American University Washington College of Law where he teaches a course on Trade and the Environment during the summer session. Since 1993 he has been the President of the Mexican Environmental Law Center (CEMDA), which is a non-profit organization that seeks to improve and enforce compliance with environmental laws and to create a greater awareness about environmental issues. CEMDA works on a variety of environmental law issues and has offices in numerous Mexican states. Prior to this, he worked for the Environmental Law Institute (ELI) and served as a member of ELI's Board of Directors. From 2001-2003, he was a member of Mexico's National Advisory Council for Sustainable Development (CCNDS), which advises the Federal Government in Mexico on environmental policy. Additionally, from May 2001 to October 2004, Mr. Alanis was a member of NAFTA's Environmental Commission Joint Public Advisory Committee (JPAC), and in September 2008, was reappointed to JPAC by Mexico's Federal Minister of the Environment. From 1997 to 2000, he was a member of the Program Advisory Board of the International Center on Trade and Sustainable Development in Geneva. Gustavo Alanis Ortega is also a professor of environmental law at the Universidad Iberoamericana (UIA) Law School in Mexico City, and has also taught courses on national and international environmental law at the Universidad Panamericana (UP) in Mexico City and Guadalajara; Instituto Tecnologico Autonomo de Mexico (ITAM) in Mexico City; Instituto de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey (ITESM) in Guadalajara, State of Mexico, and Ciudad Obregon; the Environmental Program of the National University (UNAM); and the Centro de Investigación y Docencia Económica (CIDE). Currently, he is a member of the Mexican Government Advisory Committee on Climate Change, a member of the Directorate of the Inter American Association for the Defense of the Environment (AIDA), and a member of the Environmental Law Alliance World Wide (ELAW). Additionally, Mr. Alanis has given lectures and speeches on Mexican and International Environmental Law throughout Mexico and in a variety of countries. Mr. Alanis received his law degree at the Universidad de Iberoamericana in Mexico City and received his LL.M at American University Washington College of Law.