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Catherine Tinker

 

Catherine Tinker, J.D., J.S.D.
Distinguished Fellow, Center for UN and Global Governance Studies,
School of Diplomacy and International Relations

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Catherine Tinker, J.D., J.S.D.

Distinguished Fellow, Center for UN and Global Governance Studies,
School of Diplomacy and International Relations

Dr. Catherine Tinker is the first Distinguished Fellow of the Center for United Nations and Global Governance Studies, appointed by the faculty through 2023, and a former Visiting Associate Professor at the School of Diplomacy and International Relations. In addition, she has taught international law, international environmental law, human rights and United Nations courses in the School of Diplomacy as an Adjunct Professor. She is the founder and president of an NGO accredited to ECOSOC at the United Nations, the Tinker Institute on International Law and Organizations, and regularly participates in summits, preparatory committees and working groups on sustainable development and international law at the UN. She is a consultant and frequent speaker for conferences and professional meetings. Tinker has published widely in her field of expertise in International Environmental Law and Sustainable Development, International Law and International Organizations.

In the early years of the School of Diplomacy, Tinker served as Project Director for the research and writing of a book published in 2001, Crossing the Divide: Dialogue among Civilizations, for UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan with a Group of Eminent Persons, and taught an international law course as an adjunct professor at Seton Hall University Law School. After years of practicing law in New York City and teaching at law schools in New York, Brazil and elsewhere, she returned to the School of Diplomacy and International Relations in 2014.

Dr. Tinker serves on the IUCN's World Council on Environmental Law (WCEL), based in Switzerland, as an expert. She contributed archival and historical research for a study of the selection of the UN Secretary-General by Sir Brian Urquhart in the 1990s, published by the Dag Hammarskjold Foundation, that recommended a single seven-year term and no campaigning for office. She has received foundation grants throughout her career for her work as a researcher and teacher, and was honored with the 2016 National Conservation Award from the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution in recognition of her lifetime contributions to environmental education and international environmental advocacy.