USD School of Law Welcomes Cambridge University Professor Catherine MacKenzie as Stanley Legro Visiting Professor of Environmental Law

Catherine MacKenzie

San Diego (January 26, 2018) – The University of San Diego (USD) School of Law welcomes Cambridge University Professor Catherine MacKenzie as this year’s Stanley Legro Visiting Professor of Environmental Law. 

MacKenzie currently serves on the faculty of law at the University of Cambridge, where she is director of studies in law of Clare Hall and bye-fellow of Homerton College. MacKenzie is also dean of degrees and visiting research fellow of Green Templeton College, Oxford. Elected Chairman of the Board of Scrutiny of Cambridge, she has coordinated international environmental law for the Cambridge LLM degree and taught international law at Oxford. MacKenzie's jointly edited book, Law, Tropical Forests and Carbon, was published by Cambridge University Press in 2013 and her forthcoming monograph, International Law and the Protection of Forests, will be published by Oxford University Press.

A member of the Bar of England and Wales and the High Court of Australia, she was previously employed by Allen & Overy, the World Bank, and the Asian Development Bank. She has held fellowships at the University of Tokyo, Vermont Law School and in Kazakhstan, served with the United Nations Mission in Liberia, and advised on women's legal education in Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and Bahrain. MacKenzie graduated from Oxford, London, Inns of Court School of Law, University of Sydney, Royal Military College of Australia, and the Australian National University. She has served as a JAG Officer in the Australian Army Reserve and is a governing bencher of Inner Temple Inn of Court for barristers in London.

“It is a pleasure to have at USD as distinguished an environmental professor as Catherine MacKenzie,” said Dean Stephen Ferruolo. “She is internationally known for her work on forests and environmental law issues. We are thankful for the generous support we receive from Stanley Legro to enable us to bring environmental scholars like Catherine to USD School of Law.”

At USD, MacKenzie is teaching International Environmental Law.

Previous Stanley Legro Visiting Professors of Environmental Law at USD have included Timothy Duane, Brian Gray, Barton “Buzz” Thompson, Jody Freeman, Richard Lazarus and Richard Stewart.

About the University of San Diego School of Law

The University of San Diego (USD) School of Law is recognized for the excellence of its faculty, depth of its curriculum, and strength of its clinical programs. Each year, USD educates approximately 800 Juris Doctor and graduate law students from throughout the United States and around the world. The law school is best known for its offerings in the areas of business and corporate law, taxation, constitutional law, intellectual property, international and comparative law, and public interest.

USD School of Law is one of the 84 law schools elected to the Order of the Coif, a national honor society for law school graduates. The law school’s faculty is a strong group of outstanding scholars and teachers with national and international reputations and currently ranks 35th nationally and 6th on the West Coast among U.S. law faculties in scholarly impact and 20th nationally and 4th on the West Coast in past-year faculty downloads on the Social Sciences Research Network (SSRN). The school is accredited by the American Bar Association and is a member of the Association of American Law Schools. Founded in 1954, the law school is part of the University of San Diego, a private, independent, Roman Catholic university chartered in 1949.


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