B.A., 1981, Drury College (President's Scholar)
Environmental Law, Natural Resources Law, Water Law, Energy Law & Policy, Property, Constitutional Law, Administrative Law, International Environmental Law
J.D., Boston University; LL.M., J.S.D., Columbia University; M.St., Oxford University.
Prior to joining the IU Law faculty, Professor Dannenmaier was a Bretzfelder Fellow at Columbia Law School from 2006-07; Director of Tulane Law School’s Institute for Environmental Law and Policy from 2001-05; and Visiting Chair of Natural Resources Law at the University of Calgary in 2001. He served as Director of the Environmental Law Program of the U.S. Agency for International Development from 1996 to 2000, working through the Center for International Environmental Law (CIEL) in Washington, D.C. and the University of Miami’s North-South Center. He also practiced law for ten years in Boston and Washington, D.C. as a litigation and environmental compliance attorney.
Professor Dannenmaier’s scholarship is focused on environmental democracy, and he has researched and published widely on legal and institutional frameworks for public access to environmental decision-making in national and international law. His publications also address water rights, water and energy security, transboundary resource governance, indigenous property rights, extraterritorial jurisdiction, and the design and implementation of climate change commitments.
In addition to teaching and research, Professor Dannenmaier serves as an advisor to governments, international organizations, and public interest groups in reforming environmental laws and designing legal frameworks for participation in development decision-making. In 1995, for example, he represented public interest groups in the U.S. and Mexico in the first citizen submission to the NAFTA Commission for Environmental Cooperation (In re Silva Reservoir, concerning the death of over 20,000 migratory waterfowl in central Mexico). In 1998-99, Professor Dannenmaier advised the Organization of American States (OAS) on the development of an Inter-American Strategy for Public Participation in Sustainable Development Decision-making, which was approved by the OAS General Assembly in 2000. He also chaired the OAS Inter-American Water Policy Roundtable from 1999-2000. In 2004-05, he served on the Expert Advisory Group to the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) to develop guidelines for Public Participation in International Fora under the Aarhus Convention (the “Almaty Guidelines,” adopted in 2005). In 2009-10, Professor Dannenmaier Co-Chaired a NATO-funded Advanced Research Workshop on Middle East/North Africa Regional Water Security.
Professor Dannenmaier is admitted to practice in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, the District of Columbia, the U.S. Supreme Court, and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First, Fourth, and District of Columbia Circuits.
Books and Chapters
"A View from the Center of the Universe: Reconciling individual Rights with Universal Values," Convocation Presentation, Drury University, Springfield, MO (Mar 8, 2012)
"Is There Already a Human Right to Water at Common Law?" Plenary Panel, ABA 30th Annual Water Law Conference, San Diego, CA (Feb 22-24, 2012)
"Prior Appropriation and the Human Right to Water: Why the Common Law may Already Affirm a Fundamental Right," Willamette University College of Law, Human Right to Water Conference, Salem, OR, Feb 3-5, 2011
"International Tribunals as Climate Institutions? Assessing and Strengthening Access to Climate Justice" to UNITAR/Yale Second Global Conference on Environmental Governance and Democracy, New Haven, CT Sep 17-19, 2010
Co-Chair and Keynote, NATO Advanced Research Workshop on Water Security in Southern Mediterranean, Marrakech, Morocco, May 31-June 3, 2010, "Environmental Security: Defining Stakeholders and State Responsibilities"
"Environmental Change and the Emerging Global Citizen," Drury University, Convocation Series Earth Day Speaker, Springfield, MO, April 22, 2010
"The Energy - Water Connection: Can Water Law Principles Inform Energy Conservation Measures?" Panel on "New Energy - Old Water," Tulane University, 12th Annual Symposium "Bounded by Water," New Orleans, LA, April 9, 2010
"Climate Change And Vulnerable Communities: Standing On The Rights Of Land-Based Cultures," Williams College Class of 1960 Scholars Lecture Series, Williamstown, Massachusetts
Keynote Address, "Citizen Enforcement under NAFTA's Environmental Agreement," North American Commission on Environmental Cooperation Workshop on Environmental Clinics, Mexico City, Mexico, November 12, 2008
"Democratic Models in International Environmental Institutions: Citizen Advisory Commissions," UNITAR / Yale Conference on Environmental Governance and Democracy, New Haven, CT, May 2008
"Identifying and Contacting Stakeholders in International Forums" (session chair), Meeting of Representatives of International Forums Dealing With Matters Relating to the Environment, Geneva, Switzerland, June 2007
"Conducting Policy Projects in Environmental Law Clinics," Meeting of Law and Biological Science Faculty, Novi Sad University, Novi Sad, Serbia, March 2006
"Policy Priorities in the Regulation of Coastal Zones," Inter-Agency Meeting of Ministry Staff, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, December 2005
"Challenges and Opportunities for the Joint Public Advisory Committee: Review of the recommendations on the JPAC at Ten Report," Commission for Environmental Cooperation of North America, Regular Session of the Joint Public Advisory Committee, Mexico City, Mexico
"Louisiana Hurricanes: A Worst-Case Scenario," (presentation and panel chair), 10th Annual Tulane Environmental Conference to Focus on Law, Science and the Public Interest (April 2004) New Orleans, LA, April 2005
"Environmental Governance and Resource Conflict: Mitigation through Public Access Mechanisms," presentation on panel - Diplomacy: Resources and Conflict, Policy Responses, The HAGUE CONFERENCE ON ENVIRONMENT, SECURITY AND SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT, Peace Palace, The Hague, Netherlands
"Environmental Democracy and Security in a Post-9/11 World," Presentation to University of Florida Law School's Tenth Annual Public Interest Environmental Conference (Feb 20, 2004)
Co-Organizer and Session Moderator, Government of Mexico and OAS Forum, "ADVANCES AND CHALLENGES FACING CIVIL SOCIETY WITHIN THE FRAMEWORK OF THE SUMMITS OF THE AMERICAS," Monterrey, Mexico, (January 2004)
"Emerging Global Issues: What the Radar Screen is Missing on Environmental Security," Society of Environmental Journalists Annual Meeting, New Orleans, LA (October 2003)
"Environmental Security and Governance," presentation to SYMPOSIUM ON ENVIRONMENTAL SECURITY AND CONFLICT: TOWARDS SUSTAINABLE PEACE AND DEVELOPMENT IN AFRICA, Nile Hotel, Kampala, Uganda
European Commission for Trade, Conference on Sustainability Impact Analysis, Report to Working Group on EU-Mercosur and EU-Chile, "Sustainability Impact Analysis in Practice - Report on OAS Inter-American Environmental Impact Project" (February 6, 2003)
Carnegie Endowment for International Peace "Environmentally Sustainable Trade: Project Update and Peer Review," presentation on plans for Hemispheric Trade and Environment Forum at VIII Miami Ministerial Conference of the FTAA (Washington, DC December 10, 2002)
"Políticas de producción más limpia: El papel del gobierno" (Policies for Clean Production: The Role of the Government," Central American Commission for Environment and Development Workshop on Cleaner Production and Energy Efficiency Policies, Managua, Nicaragua (2002)
"Non-Indigenous Communities' Participation Rights in Mining Concessions," PROJECT FOR THE REFORM OF NATIONAL MINING CODE OF PANAMA, Ministry of Mines and Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources; (Project Advisor for Community Rights to World Bank), Panama City, Panama Jan 2002
"The Role of Civil Society in the Americas Integration Process" at Hemispheric Trade and Sustainability Symposium, Quebec City, Canada (April 2001)
"Engaging the Public in Sustainable Development Decision-making," 30th Annual FRANK CHURCH SYMPOSIUM ON INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS, University of Idaho, Pocatello, Idaho (Feb 2001)
"Creating a Regional Forum for Environmental Law," (Conference Chair), FIRST INTER-GOVERNMENTAL MEETING OF NATIONAL FOCAL POINTS FOR NETWORK ON ENVIRONMENTAL COMPLIANCE AND ENFORCEMENT, Organization of American States, Miami, FL
Co-Chair and Faculty, ASEAN Course on Urban Environmental Law, Asian Institute for Technology, Bangkok, Thailand (1998 and 1999)
"Clean Production Policy Alternatives," SEMINAR ON CLEAN PRODUCTION IN ECUADOR, Quito, Ecuador
"Democratic Rights and Development Decision-Making," PREPARATORY CONFERENCE FOR 1998 SUMMIT OF THE AMERICAS, Santiago, Chile
Chair, Workshop on Legal Frameworks for Sustainable Development in the South American Chaco (Marco Legal para el Desarrollo Sustetable del Chaco), Co-hosted by Environment Committee of the Senate of Paraguay and Environment Committee of the National Assembly of Paraguay in Filadelfia, Paraguay
Chair, Policy, Economics, and Law Working Group of the Richard G. Lugar Center for Renewable Energy at Indiana University Purdue University, Indianapolis
Board of Directors, Foundation for Environmental Security and Sustainability, Falls Church, VA (2004-present)
Board of Advisors, Tulane Institute for Water Law and Policy, New Orleans, LA (2007-present)
Charles Bretzfelder International Law Fellow, Columbia University School of Law (2006-07)
Senior Legal Advisor, Inter-American Forum on Environmental Law (Foro Inter-Americano de Derecho Ambiental - FIDA), Organization of American States (1999-2002)
Chair, Inter-American Water Policy Roundtable, Organization of American States (1998-99)
President, Committee XI (Natural Resources and Environmental Protection), Inter-American Bar Association (1993-95)