Maxine Burkett joined the William S. Richardson School of Law in 2009. She teaches Climate Change Law and Policy, Torts, Environmental Law, International Environmental Law, and International Development. She has written extensively in diverse areas of climate law with a particular focus on climate justice, exploring the disparate impact of climate change on vulnerable communities in the United States and globally. Professor Burkett has presented her research on the law and policy of climate change throughout the United States and in West Africa, Asia, Europe, and the Caribbean. Professor Burkett currently serves as a Co-Director of the Hawai‘i Presidential Center Initiative, which is coordinating the national, competitive bid to host the Barack Obama Presidential Library. In 2010, Burkett served as the Wayne Morse Chair of Law and Politics at the Wayne Morse Center, University of Oregon, for the Center’s “Climate Ethics and Climate Equity” theme of inquiry. Other Wayne Morse Chairs include Charles Ogletre, Jr., Vandana Shiva, Barbara Ehrenreich, and Russ Feingold. Burkett is the youngest recipient of the Chair.
Maxine Burkett, A Justice Paradox: Climate Change, Small Island Developing States, and the Absence of International Legal Remedy, in SUMUDU ATAPATTU AND CARMEN G. GONZALEZ, INTERNATIONAL ENVIROMENTAL LAW AND THE GLOBAL SOUTH (forthcoming Cambridge U. Press 2015).
Maxine Burkett, Indigenous Environmental Knowledge and Climate Change Adaptation, in RANDALL S. ABATE AND ELIZABETH ANN KRONK, EDS., CLIMATE CHANGE, INDIGENOUS PEOPLES AND THE SEARCH FOR LEGAL REMEDIES: BALANCING ON THE TIP OF THE SPEAR (Edward Elgar 2013).
Maxine Burkett, The Nation Ex-Situ, in MICHAEL GERRARD AND GREGORY WANNIER, EDS., THREATENED ISLAND NATIONS (Cambridge U. Press 2013).
Maxine Burkett, Climate Refugees, in SHAWKAT ALAM, JAHID HOSSAIN BHUIYAN, TAREQ M.R. CHOWDHURY AND ERIKA J TECHERA, EDS., ROUTLEDGE HANDBOOK OF INTERNATIONAL ENVIRONMENTAL LAW (Routledge, Oxford, 2012).
Maxine Burkett, Legal Rights and Remedies, in MICHAEL GERRARD AND KATRINA KUH, EDS., THE LAW OF ADAPTATION TO CLIMATE CHANGE (ABA 2012).
Leong, J.-A., J. J. Marra, M. L. Finucane, T. Giambelluca, M. Merrifield, S. E. Miller, J. Polovina, E. Shea, M. Burkett, J. Campbell, P. Lefale, F. Lipschultz, L. Loope, D. Spooner, and B. Wang, 2014: Ch. 23: Hawai‘i and U.S. Affiliated Pacific Islands. Climate Change Impacts in the United States: The Third National Climate Assessment, J. M. Melillo, Terese (T.C.) Richmond, and G. W. Yohe, Eds., U.S. Global Change Research Program, 537-556. doi:10.7930/J0W66HPM.
Finucane, Melissa L., Rachel Miller, L. Kati Corlew, Victoria W. Keener, Maxine Burkett, Zena Grecni, 2013: Understanding the Climate-Sensitive Decisions and Information Needs of Freshwater Resource Managers in Hawaii. Wea. Climate Soc., 5, 293–308. doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1175/WCAS-D-12-00039.1.
Burkett, M. (2011). In Search of Refuge: Pacific Islands, Climate-Induced Migration, and the Legal Frontier. AsiaPacific Issues, 98, 1-8.
Burkett, M. (2009). Shoreline Impacts, Setback Policy and Sea Level Rise, Project 41.A/AS-1, Center for Island Climate Adaptation and Policy, University of Hawai'i Sea Grant College Program (with Hwang, D.).https://www.law.hawaii.edu/personnel/burkett/maxine