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Jennifer Haverkamp Visiting Professor of the Practice and Distinguished Practitioner in Residence (Spring term)

Contact Information

Cornell Law School
317 Myron Taylor Hall
Ithaca, NY 14853-4901

Phone: (607) 255-5548
Fax: (607) 255-7193


Gina Jackson
Cornell Law School
315 Myron Taylor Hall
Ithaca, NY 14853-4901

Professional Biography

Ambassador Jennifer Haverkamp served as Special Representative for Environment and Water Resources in the U.S. Department of State from 2016 – 2017. During her tenure, she led the U.S. negotiating team to a successful international agreement of an amendment to the Montreal Protocol to phase down global use of hydrofluorocarbons, avoiding up to half a degree Celsius of global warming this century. She also led the U.S. negotiating team to a successful agreement by the International Civil Aviation Organization to adopt the first-ever global market-based measure to address aviation carbon emissions. In addition, Ambassador Haverkamp served as the Department’s Special Advisor for Water Resources, leading interagency development of a U.S. Global Water Strategy and overseeing diplomatic engagement in transboundary water management, water conflicts, and global water governance.

Previously, Ambassador Haverkamp directed Environmental Defense Fund's International Climate Program and spent nearly a decade as the Assistant U.S. Trade Representative for Environment and Natural Resources in the Executive Office of the President. Prior to that, she held posts at the Environmental Protection Agency, the U.S. Department of Justice (where her work on the 1990 amendments to the Clean Air Act earned the Attorney General's John Marshall award), the Conservation Foundation, and a clerkship for Judge Betty Binns Fletcher on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. She has taught at George Washington Law School and Johns Hopkins graduate school, and has served on the boards of the Verified Carbon Standard Association and the American Bird Conservancy as well as USTR's Trade and Environment Policy Advisory Committee.

Ambassador Haverkamp earned a B.A. in biology from the College of Wooster (on whose board of trustees she serves), a B.A. and an M.A. in politics and philosophy from Oxford University (as a Rhodes Scholar), and a J.D. from Yale Law School.