University of Puerto Rico School of Law
Professor Luis E. Rodríguez-Rivera
B.A., Yale University; J.D., Harvard Law School; LL.M., University of Cambridge.
Professor of Law, University of Puerto Rico School of Law (1995 – present).
Professor Rodríguez-Rivera teaches International, Federal and Puerto Rico Environmental Law courses and seminars, as well as courses and seminars on Public International Law and Law of the Sea, at the University of Puerto Rico School of Law, and has lectured on Comparative Environmental Law at the University of Fribourg’s Faculty of Law, Switzerland, and the University of Barcelona, Spain. He has published works in various academic journals, books, magazines, and newspapers, and frequently offers lectures and conferences both in and outside of Puerto Rico. Professor Rodríguez-Rivera’s scholarship has focused on the Human Right to Environment, Law of the Seas and Puerto Rico environmental law issues.
From 2006 through 2010, he served as Executive Director of the Puerto Rico Science, Technology and Research Trust, a non-governmental organization with the mission to usher the Island into the knowledge economy, a science-based economic paradigm whose epicenter lies in research and development. Prior to that, Rodríguez-Rivera was appointed Secretary (Minister) of the Puerto Rico Department of Natural and Environmental Resources, serving as such from 2002 through 2004. Other positions he has held in government include: Executive Director of the Puerto Rico Solid Waste Authority; Director of the Puerto Rico Infrastructure Financing Authority; Legal Advisor on Environmental Matters for the Puerto Rico Government Development Bank; and Assistant Regional Counsel for the United States’ Environmental Protection Agency, Region I, in Boston, MA. Early in his career, Rodríguez-Rivera practiced law in New York, USA and San Juan, PR.
Participation in professional activities have included: member of Puerto Rico’s delegation to the 2002 United Nations’ World Summit on Sustainable Development in Johannesburg, South Africa; head of Puerto Rico’s delegation to the Preparatory Meetings for the United Nations’ World Summit on Sustainable Development in Río de Janeiro, Brazil; member of the U.S. Coral Reef Task Force; president of the Interagency Committee for the Development of the Integrated Plan for Water Use for Puerto Rico; member of the Advisory Board on Puerto Rico Energy Matters, among many others.