Maxine Burkett is a Professor of Law at the University of Hawai’i at Mānoa - William S. Richardson School of Law, teaching Climate Change Law and Policy, Torts, Ocean and Coastal Law, and International Law. She is the Co-Founder and Director at the Institute for Climate and Peace and a Global Fellow at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. She previously served as the inaugural Director of the Center for Island Climate Adaptation and Policy (ICAP). Ms. Burkett is a Board Member at the Blue Planet Foundation, the Environmental Law Alliance Worldwide, and the Global Greengrants Fund. She is a member scholar at the Center for Progressive Reform, the American Law Institute, and the Independent Advisory Committee on Applied Climate Assessment (formerly the Federal Advisory Committee for the Sustained National Climate Assessment). Ms. Burkett holds a J.D. from the University of California, Berkeley, and a B.A. from Williams College.