Cymie R. Payne

The Fishery Landing at Joal, Senegal - ITLOS Case No. 21  Photo Cymie Payne


Cymie Payne

​Cymie Payne is Associate Professor at Rutgers University, focusing on  international and environmental law. She has appeared at the International Tribunal for the  Law of the Sea on behalf of the International Union for Conservation of  Nature. As legal counsel with the UN Security Council's United Nations Compensation Commission in Geneva, Switzerland, she participated in landmark decisions on the legal responsibility of  aggressor states for the restoration and remediation of damage to the environment from armed conflict. As Director of the Global Commons Project at University of  California Berkeley’s Center for Law, Energy and the Environment, she focused on the linkage of state and international climate policy, particularly with respect to emissions trading systems; conflicts of  state law with international trade; and regulating risks of new  technologies such as carbon sequestration. She previously practiced  natural resource and environmental law at the U.S. Department of the Interior and the law firm of Goodwin, Procter.


Associate Professor, Rutgers University
Member, Bar of the State of California
Member, Bar of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts
American Society of International Law, Executive Committee (former)
American Society of International Law, Board of Editors, Insights (former) 
IUCN Commission on Environmental Law, Specialist Groups: Oceans and Armed Conflict 
University of California, Berkeley, School of Law, Juris Doctor 
The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Master of Arts