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Carroll Muffett, President and CEO

Photo of Carroll Muffett, CIEL President and CEOCarroll Muffett is President and CEO of the Center for International Environmental Law, a nonprofit organization that uses the power of law to protect the environment, promote human rights and ensure a just and sustainable society.

Prior to joining CIEL, Carroll served as Executive Director of the Climate Law & Policy Project and Deputy Campaigns Director at Greenpeace USA, where he was instrumental in the organization's campaigns on global warming, forests and other issues. From 2000 to 2006, Carroll was international counsel and Senior Director for International Conservation at Defenders of Wildlife, helping win and defend international protections for high value timber species like mahogany. Before joining Defenders, Carroll was an attorney with Covington & Burling, and served as a legal fellow at CIEL.

Carroll has authored numerous articles and textbook chapters on national and international environmental policy. He is a recognized expert on the international law of wildlife and timber trade, and a leader in the emerging field of international legal responses to climate change. He is co-editing a forthcoming book on Governance, Natural Resources and Post-Conflict Peacebuilding (Routledge 2014) for the Environmental Law Institute and the United Nations Environment Programme.

Carroll is an Adjunct Associate Professor of Law at American University’s Washington College of Law, a member of IUCN's Commission on Environmental Law, and serves the Board of Advisors of the Climate Accountability Institute and the Board of Editors for the International Journal of Wildlife Law and Policy. From 2000 through 2014, Carroll served on the Board of Directors for the Species Survival Network.

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