Kathryn Gwiazdon, J.D., Esq.

Kathryn Gwiazdon, J.D., Esq. is a lawyer specialized in international environmental law and ethics. Since 2005, she has led the development efforts of the Biosphere Ethics Initiative, an international soft law program that seeks to bear witness to, highlight, and share principles of environmental ethics to guide individual, organizational, and governmental/policy decision-making at the local, regional, state, and international level. The BEI has been adopted as a foundational policy to IUCN, the world’s oldest and largest international environmental organization.

In 2016, she founded the Center for Environmental Ethics and Law to serve as the permanent home, and advance the work of, the Biosphere Ethics Initiative. To this end, she organizes and leads on-the-ground meetings of local and global experts (called Relatos); provides presentations and presence at international gatherings, including Conferences of the Parties for international treaties; and develops scholarly research on comparative law, ethics, corruption, and human and environmental rights. The work focuses on real-world practice, and sharing those stories of success and failure on the global scale, to build global solidarity to advance the conservation and flourishing of life.

 Dr. Gwiazdon has taught courses at the J.D. and LLM-level, has worked in over 15 countries, has published in her field, and serves on several Boards and Steering Committees that advance new frameworks in law, ecological law, climate change justice, ecological integrity, and human health.

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Executive Director

Center for Environmental Ethics and Law


Phone +1-219-921-4142 (USA)