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Renee Martin-Nagle

Visiting Scholar

Renee Martin-Nagle joined ELI as a Visiting Scholar in April 2011 after a 25-year career in aviation, and in March 2015 she moved to Glasgow, Scotland, to matriculate at the University of Strathclyde as a PhD Researcher focusing on transboundary aquifers. In January 2011 she retired from Airbus Americas after more than 20 years, having served as Vice President, General Counsel, Chief Compliance Officer, Head of Environmental Affairs, Corporate Secretary and a member of the board of directors.  From 1986 to 1990 she served as General Counsel of both Aerospatiale Helicopter Corporation (now American Eurocopter) and Aerospatiale General Aviation (SOCATA).

During her career in aviation, Renee was active in industry and women's organizations, speaking frequently at conferences and serving on the boards of directors of Women in Aviation, the International Aviation Women's Association, the Aero Club of Washington and the American Bar Association Forum on Air and Space Law, which she also chaired from 2009 to 2011. The birth of her first grandson in April 2007 inspired her to dedicate the rest of her life to environmental causes, and that year she enrolled in the LL.M. program at George Washington University Law School, graduating in May 2010 with highest honors. Her thesis, which proposes that water in fossil aquifers be viewed as the common heritage of mankind, received the 2011 Jamie Grodsky Prize for Environmental Law Scholarship and was published by the Journal of Energy and Environmental Law.  

During her time with ELI, Renee has published a number of articles on environmental issues in aviation and on global water issues, and has spoken frequently on both topics.  In addition, she has taught international environmental law and policy at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law, and will teach the same course at the University of Strathclyde.  In recent years she served on the boards of directors of the Chesapeake Legal Alliance and Omega Institute, and in 2014 and 2015 she has co-chaired the International Environmental Law Committee of the ABA’s Section of International Law.