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Teresa Chan

Teresa Chan
Senior Attorney
(202) 939-3848

Teresa Chan is a Senior Attorney at ELI, where she has worked on a variety of domestic and international environmental law and policy issues. This includes working for over seven years to support meaningful public participation in the restoration and recovery efforts in the Gulf of Mexico following the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. She has also worked on issues related to climate adaptation and green infrastructure. Prior to joining ELI in 2009, Teresa worked as an associate in the New York office of Sidley Austin, and served as a law clerk for the judges of the Ontario Superior Court of Justice in Toronto.

Media Guide


  • Restoration and recovery in the Gulf of Mexico
  • Public Participation


  • J.D., University of Toronto Faculty of Law, 2003
  • B.Sc.(Honours) with a subject of specialization in Environmental Biology, Queen's University, 1999

Selected Publications

Environmental Law Institute, Fast-Tracking “Good” Restoration Projects in the Gulf of Mexico: Existing Mechanisms for Effective & Efficient Environmental Compliance (2017) (contributing authors: A.Streitwieser, T.Chan, J.Austin, J. McElfish).

Environmental Law Institute, Building Bridges: Connecting the Overlapping Goals, Resources, and Institutions of Gulf of Mexico Restoration and Conservation (State Plans and Programs) (2016) (contributing authors: D.Roche, T.Chan, J.Austin, E.Harrison).

Environmental Law Institute & Tulane Institute on Water Resources Law & Policy, Funding Deepwater Horizon Restoration & Recovery: How Much, Going Where, For What? (2014) (contributing authors: H.J. Diamond, T. Chan, J. Austin, C. Dalbom, M.Davis).

Environmental Law Institute & National Law School of India University, Enforcing Hazardous Wastes Rules in India: Strategies and Techniques for Achieving Increased Compliance (2014) (contributing authors:  M. Menon, M.S.S. Raj, T.Chan, J,Pendergrass, V.Pinkerton).

Environmental Law Institute, Co-Managing the Arctic Ocean and Coasts: How to Support Subsistence Uses in Coastal and Marine Spatial Planning (CMSP) (2011) (contributing authors: H.J. Diamond, T. Chan, K.J. Mengerink).

S. Schang & T. Chan, Federal Greenhouse Gas Control Options from an Enforcement Perspective, 2 San Diego J. Climate & Energy Law 87 (2010).