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Randall S. Abate

Randall S. Abate

Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Professor of Law

Randall S. Abate joined the Florida A&M College of Law faculty in 2009 and serves as Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Professor of Law. He teaches courses in domestic and international environmental law, constitutional law, and animal law. Professor Abate has 22 years of full-time law teaching experience at six U.S. law schools. He received a Faculty Fellowship from the Sustainability Institute at Florida A&M University for the 2016-2017 academic year. Professor Abate has taught international and comparative law courses on environmental and animal law topics in Argentina, Canada, Cayman Islands, China, India, Kenya, Kyrgyzstan, Spain, Ukraine, and the United Kingdom. In 2016, Professor Abate delivered invited lectures on climate justice and animal law topics at several of the top law schools in the world including Harvard, Cambridge, Oxford, Yale, the University of Pennsylvania, the University of Melbourne, and the University of Sydney.

Professor Abate has published and presented widely on environmental law topics, with a recent emphasis on climate change law and justice. His articles on climate change law and justice have appeared in several leading law reviews including the Stanford Environmental Law Journal, Cornell Journal of Law and Public Policy, Connecticut Law Review, Duke Environmental Law and Policy Forum, Washington Law Review, William and Mary Environmental Law and Policy Review, Ottawa Law Review, Fordham Environmental Law Review, and UCLA Journal of International Law and Foreign Affairs. He is the editor of Climate Justice: Case Studies in Global and Regional Governance Challenges (ELI Press 2016), What Can Animal Law Learn from Environmental Law? (ELI Press 2015), Climate Change Impacts on Ocean and Coastal Law: U.S. and International Perspectives (Oxford University Press 2015) and co-editor of Climate Change and Indigenous Peoples: The Search for Legal Remedies (Edward Elgar 2013). Early in his career, Professor Abate handled environmental law matters at two law firms in Manhattan. He holds a B.A. from the University of Rochester and a J.D. and M.S.E.L. (Environmental Law and Policy) from Vermont Law School.

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