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Wirth Presents at 100th 'Renaissance Weekend'

2014 news archive

Professor David Wirth

Newton, MA--BC Law Professor David Wirth was invited to be a presenter at the recent Renaissance Weekend in Laguna Niguel, California. Wirth’s lecture "The Globalization of Environmental Politics" was featured on February 14, and his lecture "Consequences of Best Intentions (Greenhouse implications of energy policies of multinational development institutions)" on February 15. Wirth was also a panelist at the February 15 event entitled "Advice to the President."

Over the past three decades, Renaissance Weekends have become known as one of the premiere “invitation-only retreats for preeminent authorities, emerging leaders, and their families.” The 2014 Weekends celebrate the 100th Renaissance Weekend held, and include reunions of participants from over 30 years of prior events.  

"I was very pleased to be able to attend and contribute," Wirth said. "There was a remarkable mix of highly creative and talented people from all walks of life. The experience certainly lived up to the name – intellectually invigorating in every sense."

The brainchild of Linda and Philip Lader, the former U.S. Ambassador to the Court of St. James's, Renaissance Weekends began in 1981 but gained national attention in 1992 when the recently elected President Bill Clinton and his family were featured guests.

According to their website, Renaissance Weekend participants “are noted innovators in business and finance, education, religion, law and medicine, government, the media, science and technology, sports, non-profits and the arts. Their ground-breaking, off-the-record exchanges -- through lectures, seminars and discussions -- build bridges across traditional divides of professions and politics, geography and generations, religions and philosophies.”

Presenters and guests include CEOs, venture capitalists and entrepreneurs, Nobel laureates and Pulitzer Prize-winners, artists, educators and scientists, astronauts and Olympians, judges, diplomats, social entrepreneurs and non-profit leaders, change-makers of Silicon Valley, Hollywood, Wall Street and Main Street, professors and priests, and many more.

Professor Wirth teaches environmental, administrative, public international, and foreign relations law. Previously, he was Senior Attorney and Codirector of International Programs for the Natural Resources Defense Council and Attorney-Advisor for Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs for the U.S. Department of State. A graduate of Yale Law School, he holds undergraduate and graduate degrees in chemistry from Princeton and Harvard, respectively.

Professor Wirth served as law clerk to Judge William H. Timbers of U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.  He has been the recipient of a Fulbright Scholarship and a National Science Foundation Fellowship.  A life member of the Council on Foreign Relations, Professor Wirth has served on advisory boards to a number of institutions of higher learning, domestic agencies, and international organizations, including Vermont Law School, the Environmental Protection Agency and the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development.  He has been a consultant to the United Nations Development Program, the United Nations Environment Program, the North American Commission for Environmental Cooperation, the C.S. Mott Foundation, the German Marshall Fund of the United States, and the Belgian State Secretary for Energy and Sustainable Development. 

Professor Wirth is the author of more than five-dozen books, articles, and reports on international environmental law and policy for both legal and popular audiences.