USD School of Law professor awarded Fulbright Grant

VERMILLION, S.D. -- Elizabeth Burleson, assistant professor of law at The University of South Dakota, is the recipient of a Fulbright Senior Specialist Grant to teach at the University of Montevideo in Uruguay.

The grant, awarded by the United States Department of State and the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board, will allow Burleson to work with the faculty of the University of Montevideo to refine and implement a new international law curriculum. In addition to teaching international law and working with the Montevideo faculty, Burleson will coach the Jessup team in the international law moot court competition. She is the first faculty member from The U to receive this prestigious honor.

Burleson received a J.D. degree from the University of Connecticut School of Law and an LL.M degree in International Law from the London School of Economics. She began participating in treaty negotiations at the United Nations in 1991 during proceedings for the U.N. Conference on the Environment and Development and helped draft the U.N. Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), Agenda 21 and Rio Declaration. Focusing on emerging International Law, Burleson has been an advisor to UNICEF’s Senior Advisor for the Environment and the New York Director of the United Nations Environmental Program (UNEP). She has also written reports for the United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and the United Nations Development Program (UNDP). She helped the UNEP Delegation and was a member of the National Wildlife Federation Delegation to the Copenhagen Climate Conference and was a member of the UNICEF delegation to the Bali Climate Conference. Burleson has also conducted legal research for Amnesty International’s London-based international secretariat and New York-based research division.  

A member of the USD School of Law faculty since 2007, Burleson teaches several international law and environmental law courses, including Public International Law, Energy Law, United Nations Law, Property Law, Water Law and Environmental Law while her research addresses emerging International Environmental and Human Rights Law. Her research can be found at www.ElizabethBurleson.com/Publications.html.

The Fulbright Program is America’s flagship international educational exchange activity. Recipients of Fulbright Scholar awards are selected on the basis of academic or professional achievement. The Fulbright Specialists Program, created in 2000 to complement the traditional Fulbright Scholar Program, provides short-term academic opportunities to prominent faculty and professionals to support curricular and faculty development and institutional planning at academic institutions around the world.