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Lisa Goldman

Lisa Goldman
Senior Attorney; Co-Director, Africa Program; Counsel
(202) 939-3863

Lisa Goldman works on a broad array of domestic and international issues at ELI. Her projects include forestry and biodiversity in Liberia; artisanal gold mining in Nigeria; climate change adaptation and biodiversity protection; environmental justice and community environmental enforcement; and constitutional environmental law. She has helped train environmental officials in Chile, Liberia, Laos, and throughout the U.S.

Before joining ELI in 2004, Goldman spent two years working as a Graduate Fellow at the Institute for Public Representation, an environmental law clinic at Georgetown University, and clerked for the Honorable Robert J. Timlin, U.S. District Judge for the Central District of California. She is a Returned Peace Corps Volunteer from Niger.

Media Guide


  • International: intranational foreign laws—Liberia & Nigeria; post-conflict peacebuilding and natural resource management; forestry; artisanal gold mining; transboundary environmental impact assessment; collaborative management of protected areas
  • Climate Change: energy subsidies and incentives; biodiversity adaptation
  • Environmental Justice: environmental justice and alternative dispute resolution; community environmental enforcement


  • LL.M., Georgetown University Law Center, 2004
  • J.D., University of Pennsylvania Law School, 2001
  • B.A., Human Biology, Stanford University, 1994

Selected Publications

Carl Bruch and Lisa Goldman, “Keeping Up with Megatrends: The Implications of Climate Change and Urbanization for Environmental Emergency Preparedness and Response,” report prepared for the Advisory Group on Environmental Emergencies (United Nations Environment Programme, forthcoming 2012)

Sandra S. Nichols and Lisa Goldman, U.S. Bilateral Assistance to Liberia: Forestry as the Cornerstone to Peacebuilding, in Harnessing Natural Resources for Peacebuilding: Lessons from U.S. and Japanese Assistance (Envtl. L. Inst., Sept. 2011).

Daniel Schramm, Scott Schang, Carl Bruch, and Lisa Goldman, Legal and Policy Tools to Adapt Biodiversity Management to Climate Change (Envtl. L. Inst., Sept. 2011).

Lisa Goldman (2011). “Environmental Law—Africa, Saharan”, in Klaus Bosselmann, Daniel Fogel, and J. B. Ruhl (Eds.), The Encyclopedia of Sustainability, Vol. 3: The Law and Politics of Sustainability, pp. 174-78. Great Barrington, MA: Berkshire Publishing.

Adenike Adeyeye, James Barrett, Jordan Diamond, Lisa Goldman, John Pendergrass, and Daniel Schramm, Estimating U.S. Government Subsidies to Energy Sources: 2002-2008 (Envtl. L. Inst., Sept. 2009)

Lisa Goldman and Nick Brown, Assessment of the Legal, Scientific, and Institutional Framework for Biodiversity Protection in the Republic of Liberia (United Nations Environment Programme, Oct. 2007).

Carl Bruch, Mikiyasu Nakayama, Jessica Troell, Lisa Goldman, & Elizabeth Maruma Mrema, Assessing the Assessments: Improving Methodologies for Impact Assessment in Transboundary Watercourses, 23 Int. J. Water Resour. Dev. 391-410 (Sept. 2007).