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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, has worked with the Institute since 2008. She works on ocean and coastal law and policy and international environmental law, as well as matters related to domestic energy and redevelopment policy. Recent focal areas include supporting public participation in the Deepwater Horizon natural resource damage assessment process; supporting Alaska Native communities’ engagement in Arctic coastal and marine spatial planning (CMSP); the development and implementation of the U.S. federal CMSP framework; fisheries compliance and enforcement; comparing US and Mexico habitat conservation and restoration laws, policies, and programs; support for international climate change adaptation; and protecting the environment during armed conflict.

Ms. Diamond 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 from Wesleyan University.


  • Climate Change: energy subsidies and incentives; adaptation assistance
  • International: ecosystem-based management; coastal and marine spatial planning; fisheries governance; offshore energy
  • Oceans: ocean law and policy; transboundary environmental impact assessment; protection of the environment during armed conflict


  • 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, Gulf of Mexico Habitat Conservation and Restoration: A Look at the Five US Gulf States' Legal and Institutional Frameworks (Envtl. L. Inst., 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). [contributing authors include Kathryn Mengerink, Matthew Armsby, & Jordan Diamond]

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). [Jordan Diamond, Adam Schempp, Kathryn Mengerink, & Jay Austin]

ELI, Estimating U.S. Government Subsidies to Energy Sources: 2002-2008 (Sept. 2009). [Adenike Adeyeye, James Barrett, Jordan Diamond, Lisa Goldman, John Pendergrass, & Daniel Schramm]