Jacob Werksman is an international lawyer, specializing in international environmental law and international economic law. He directs the Institutions and Governance Program at the World Resources Institute. WRI’s governance team leads networks of researchers and advocates around the world to strengthen the relationship between citizens and their governments by promoting greater transparency, inclusiveness and accountability in environmental decision-making.
From 1991-2002 Werksman served as a lawyer, programme director, and, for four years, as Managing Director of the Foundation for International Environmental Law and Development (FIELD) where he provided legal advice and assistance to governments, intergovernmental and non-governmental organisations. Two of his main areas of practice at FIELD were representing the Alliance of Small Island States (AOSIS) in the course of the negotiations of the Kyoto Protocol, and assisting both governments and NGO coalitions to represent their views to the World Trade Organization’s dispute settlement process. Prior to joining WRI, Mr Werksman served as an Associate Director in the Global Inclusion Program of the Rockefeller Foundation, where he led the Foundation’s grant making strategy in the area of international intellectual property rights policy and international trade policy. From 2002-2004, he was Environmental Institutions and Governance Adviser to the United Nations Development Programme, in New York where he provided policy advice to UNDP’s headquarters and country offices
He is currently an Adjunct Professor of law at New York University, and at Georgetown University, and an active Member of the State Bar of California. He has published numerous articles on climate change and carbon markets, compliance with international environmental law, and trade and sustainable development. He holds degrees from Columbia University (A.B. 1986, English Literature); the University of Michigan (Juris Doctor, cum laude, 1990); and the University of London (LLM, Public International Law, with merit, 1993).