Member Information

Cymie Payne

Rutgers University Law School and Dept of Human Ecology

55 Dudley Road
New Brunswick, NJ08901

Cymie is Associate Professor at Rutgers University in New Jersey. She has appeared as counsel before the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea in its deep seabed mining and IUU fisheries advisory opinion cases. Currently, she is legal advisor to International Union for Conservation of Natures delegation to the intergovernmental conference for a legally binding agreement on conservation and sustainable use of biological diversity in areas beyond national jurisdiction and Chair of the IUCN World Commission on Environmental, Ocean Coasts and Coral Reefs Specialist Group. She has also been a member of the Berkeley Law faculty and served as attorney with the U.S. Department of the Interior, the law firm of Goodwin, Procter and the United Nations Security Councils environmental war reparations program. She has been a member of the American Society of International Law Executive Council. She holds a MA from The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy and a JD from the University of California, Berkeley.

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EPA Region:
Region 2 – (NJ, NY, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands)
Year of induction:
Juris Doctor, 1997, University of California, Berkeley, School of Law (Berkeley Law) Master of Arts, 1993, The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy,
Massachusetts State Bar (active), 1999 California State Bar (inactive), 1998
Court Admissions:
US Supreme Court Bar, 2006
Professional Societies and Organizations:
American Society of International Law, International Law Association, International Union for Conservation of Nature-World Commission on Environmental Law-Ocean Law Specialist Group (chair) and Armed Conflict Specialist Group, European Society of International Law
Representative Publications:
C.R. Payne & P.H. Sand, eds, Gulf War Reparations and the UN Compensation Commission Environmental Liability (Oxford University Press, 2011) C.R. Payne, Protection of the Natural Environment, in Oxford Guide to International Humanitarian Law (Ben Saul, Dapo Akande, eds., Oxford University Press, 2020). C.R. Payne, Defining the Environment and the Principle of Environmental Integrity, in Environmental Protection and Transitions from Conflict to Peace Clarifying Norms, Principles and Practices (C. Stahn, J. Iverson, & J. Easterday, eds., Oxford University Press 2017) open source. C.R. Payne, Introduction to the Symposium on Governing High Seas Biodiversity, 112 Am. J. Intl L. Unbound 118-122 (2018)(and symposium editor). C.R. Payne, ICJ Halts Antarctic Whaling Japan Starts Again, 41 Transnational Environmental Law 181-194 (2015).
Illustrative Projects:
Legal advisor to IUCN delegation to Intergovernmental Conference and Preparatory Committee established by the United Nations General Assembly for the development of an international legally binding instrument under the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea on the conservation and sustainable use of marine biological diversity of areas beyond national jurisdiction.
Citations of Major Published Cases:
Certain Activities Carried out by Nicaragua in the Border Area (Costa Rica v. Nicar.), Compensation Owed by the Republic of Nicaragua to the Republic of Costa Rica, General List No. 150 (Int'l Ct. Just. Feb. 2, 2018) (Expert Report on Valuation for Nicaragua) International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea in Case No. 21, Request for an advisory opinion submitted by the Sub-Regional Fisheries Commission, 2015 (for International Union for Conservation of Nature) International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea in Case No. 17, Responsibilities and obligations of states sponsoring persons and entities with respect to activities in the area, 2011 (for International Union for Conservation of Nature)