The University of South Dakota School of Law welcomes Assistant Professor Elizabeth Burleson as its newest faculty member. Burleson will teach international environmental law, property law, international law, water law and environmental law. Her selection was the result of a national search following the retirement of John H. Davidson, who taught 36 years at the law school.
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 is admitted to the District of Columbia Bar and is a member of the Environmental Energy & Natural Resource section and the International Law section. She is also a member of the Connecticut Bar and her family has been in South Dakota since 1876.
"The School of Law is extremely fortunate to attract someone of Professor Burleson's caliber," said Dean Barry R. Vickrey. "No one can replace a John Davidson, but Professor Burleson's scholarship and experience, especially involving international water law, equip her to build on our strong tradition in this area."
An author of several scholarly articles published nationally and internationally, including the article "A Climate of Extremes: Transboundary Conflict Resolution" that will be published in the forthcoming issue of "Vermont Law Review," Burleson began participating in treaty negotiations at the United Nations in 1991 during proceedings for the U.N. Conference on the Environment and Development. She delivered presentations and authored reports as a U.N. consultant during U.N. conferences. Burleson has also been an advisor to UNICEF's Senior Advisor for the Environment and the New York Director of the United Nations Environmental Program (UNEP). In addition, she has written reports for the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and the United Nations Development Program (UNDP). Burleson has also conducted legal research for Amnesty International's London-based international secretariat and New York-based research division.