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Jordan Diamond

Staff Attorney; Co-Director, Ocean Program
(202) 939-3243


Jordan Diamond, Staff Attorney and Co-Director of the Ocean Program, joined the Institute in 2008. Jordan focuses on strengthening ocean and coastal law and policy at regional, national, and international scales. She works toward effective management of Arctic offshore resources, including supporting Alaska Native engagement and leadership in the processes, and leads the Institute's work on public participation in Gulf of Mexico restoration and recovery following Deepwater Horizon. She facilitates the development of ocean and coastal ecosystem-based management and marine spatial planning, establishment of enforceable and effective fisheries management, and implementation of robust and sustainable offshore energy frameworks. In 2013, Jordan received the ABA Section of Environment, Energy, and Resources Distinguished Environmental Advocates: The Next Generation award. In addition to her work with the Institute, Jordan is also the Academic Coordinator for the Law of the Sea Institute at the University of California, Berkeley, School of Law.

Jordan holds a J.D. with a certification of specialization in environmental law from the University of California, Berkeley, where she was a research associate for the Law of the Sea Institute and the managing editor of Ecology Law Quarterly. She obtained her B.A. in earth and environmental sciences and certificate in environmental studies from Wesleyan University.


  • Oceans: ocean and coastal ecosystem-based management; marine spatial planning; sustainable management of offshore energy; fisheries management; public participation in ocean and coastal resource decision-making
  • Climate Change: coastal adaptation and resilience; federal energy subsidies
  • International: Law of the Sea; regional ocean governance; environmental protection during armed conflict; transboundary environmental protection


  • J.D. with a certificate of specialization in environmental law, University of California, Berkeley, School of Law, 2008
  • B.A. with departmental honors in earth and environmental sciences, Wesleyan University, 2002

Selected Publications

ELI & Tulane, Funding Deepwater Horizon Restoration: How Much, Going Where, For What? (May 2014). 

ELI, Climate & Communities: Conducting Marine Research in a Changing Climate (March 2014). 

Jordan Diamond, Greta Swanson & Kathryn Mengerink, Rights and Roles: Alaska Natives and Marine Subsistence Resources, 8 Florida A&M L. Rev. 219 (2013).

ELI, A Guide to State Management of Offshore Wind Energy in the Mid-Atlantic Region (Apr. 2013) (prepared for the Mid-Atlantic Regional Council on the Ocean). 

ELI & Centro Mexicano de Derecho Ambiental, Gulf of Mexico Habitat Conservation and Restoration: A Comparison of the Mexican & United States Legal & Institutional Frameworks (2011). 

ELI, Delaware Offshore Alternative Energy Framework Review & Recommendations (prepared for the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control, June 2011).  

Michael Bothe, Carl Bruch, Jordan Diamond & David Jensen, International Law Protecting the Environment During Armed Conflict: Gaps and Opportunities, 92 International Review of the Red Cross 569 (2011).

Jordan Diamond & Carl Bruch, The International Architecture for Climate Change Adaptation Assistance, in Climate Change Adaptation and International Development: Making Development Cooperation More Effective (Ryo Fujikura & Masato Kawanishii, eds., 2010).

ELI & Center for Ocean Solutions, Coastal and Marine Spatial Planning: Legal Considerations (2010). 

Jordan Diamond, The Need for Ecosystem-Based management of the Arctic, in Changes in the Arctic Environment and the Law of the Sea (Myron H. Nordquist, Tomas H. Heidar, and John Norton Moore, eds., 2010).

ELI, Federal Authority for Marine Spatial Planning (prepared for Ocean Conservancy, Dec. 2009). 

ELI, Estimating U.S. Government Subsidies to Energy Sources: 2002-2008 (Sept. 2009).