Linda Malone, the Marshall-Wythe Foundation Professor of Law at William & Mary Law School, has been awarded the Distinguished Fulbright Chair in International Environmental Law for 2009-2010. Awards in the Fulbright Distinguished Chairs Program are viewed as the most prestigious appointments in the Fulbright Scholar Program. Eight hundred faculty and professionals are named as Fulbright Grant Scholars each year, but Distinguished Chairs are only awarded to approximately forty individuals worldwide. As the Distinguished Fulbright Chair, Malone will research and lecture at the Polytechnic Institute of Turin in Italy from March to June 2010.
"Professor Malone's contributions as a scholar and teacher have enriched our law school community and the international academic community for many years," said Dean Davison M. Douglas. "I join with my colleagues here at William & Mary in congratulating her on her recognition as a Fulbright Distinguished Chair."
Malone said that she was "deeply honored by this unique opportunity and exceptional award. My research and involvement in the initiatives to enforce international environmental law have never been more exciting and critical to sustainability, particularly in relation to climate change. To be teaching at such a renowned institution, at such a crucial time in controlling climate change, will be of enormous benefit to my international and American students when sharing our views and experiences. I have spoken to several past chairs in a variety of programs and locations, and each one of them has said it was one of the best experiences of their careers."
While in Turin, her research will focus on sustainable development, particularly on developing public policies that will assist societies in reaching environmental sustainability. She will also study protected-areas management and international cooperation for nature and landscape conservation. As the Turin Chair, she will have the opportunity to teach courses on International Environmental Policies and Legislation.
Malone is recognized internationally as an expert on environmental policy. Her specialty is international environmental law, although she has worked extensively in numerous areas of international law over the course of her career.