Nilmini Silva-Send

Nilmini Silva-Send
Phone: (619) 260-2957
Office: Pardee Legal Research Center L14

Associate Director, EPIC
Assistant Director
Adjunct Law Professor

  • PhD, Christian-Albrechts-Universität zu Kiel
  • LLB, University of London
  • MS, University of California, Davis
  • BS, University of Sussex

Dr. Nilmini Silva-Send is the assistant director and the C. Hugh Friedman Fellow in Energy Law and Policy at the Energy Policy Initiatives Center (EPIC) at USD School of Law. With over 20 years professional experience, she leads the climate action planning work at EPIC, supervising staff, identifying and resolving energy and greenhouse gas (GHG) data, related regulatory issues and assessment at the project, city, and regional level; development and analysis of GHG reduction policies for climate action plans, especially for transportation; and developing monitoring metrics climate mitigation measures. Her latest research include energy requirements and GHG implications of water use in San Diego and California.

Prior to joining EPIC, Dr. Silva-Send worked in environmental and regulatory due diligence consulting in California, several European countries and for U.S. Department of Defense facilities in Europe. She has developed and spoken at energy and environmental policy capacity-building workshops in Mexico and in Saudi Arabia. She has taught upper level courses in international law, international environmental law and European law in Germany. As Adjunct Professor at USD, she has developed and teaches a class in international energy law with a focus on international energy investment treaties, contracts and dispute resolution, World Trade Organization law related to national energy policies, and linkages with climate change law.

Dr. Silva-Send has a B.S. in Chemistry, an LLB from the University of London, and a PhD in International law and policy.