Biography About Nadia

Nadia Ahmad is an author, attorney, law professor, and environmental justice advocate. Her research centers on the intersections of energy siting, the environment, and sustainable development drawing on international investment law and corporate social responsibility. Nadia has spent her academic career focusing on frontline communities who are the most vulnerable to energy production.

She is a Visiting Associate Professor at Yale Law School and an Associate Professor at Barry University School of Law. She teaches environmental law, property, and business organizations. Nadia has presented her research on the law and policy of advanced biofuels in Abu Dhabi, Cairo, Cambridge, Doha, Denver, New York, and San Francisco. She is a co-author of the textbook, “Environmental Justice: Law, Policy, and Regulation,” (Carolina Academic Press). Before teaching, Nadia’s early experiences included working for a multinational oil and gas company in the Denver-Julesburg Basin and in a private law practice in Florida focusing on land use, zoning, asset protection, and bad faith insurance litigation defense.

Over the past 15 years, Nadia has held various leadership positions with the American Bar Association and The Florida Bar. In 2020, she was appointed to the Council of the ABA Section of Civil Rights and Social Justice, the Advisory Board of the ABA Center for Human Rights’ Dignity Rights Initiative, and The Florida Bar Journal/News Editorial Board. In 2016, she was recognized by the Orlando Business Journal as a 40 Under 40 honoree for her leadership and community involvement.

She earned degrees from the University of California at Berkeley, the University of Florida and the University of Denver. She is a member of the Democratic National Committee and chair and co-founder of Muslim Delegates.



Southeastern Association of Law Schools Annual Conference, Feeling Property (July 26 – August 1)

Law and Society Association Annual Meeting, Islamic Environmental Law: Praxis, Paradigms, and New Modalities (May 27-30)

Environmental Law Association of South Africa, Uniontown Screening and Movie Panel (February 26)

American Society of International Law, Climate Cages, COVID-19, Climate Change, and International Law (February 16)

American Bar Association Section on Civil Rights and Social Justice, Climate Cages, When Race and the Environment Collide: The Impact of Systemic Racism on Environmental Justice (February 3)


Stockholm University, The Dialogic of Environmentalism, The Climate Crisis: Legal Safeguards for Justice and Security Workshop (December 2-3)

Vermont Law School, The Dialogic of Environmentalism, Vermont Environmental Law Colloquium (September 26)

Southeastern Association of Law Schools Annual Meeting, The Dialogic of Environmentalism, New Scholars Workshop, Energy, the Environment, and Technology (July 30 – August 4)  

Law & Society Conference, Environmental Justice 2020: Before and After the Pandemic (May 28)

Loyola University New Orleans College of Law, Climate Cages, The Moral & Legal Imperatives of the Climate Crisis (March 6)


University of San Diego School of Law, Lesley K. McAllister Symposium on Climate and Energy Law, The Future of Energy in a Changing Planet (November 8)  

Southeastern Association of Law Schools Annual Meeting, New & Established Voices in Property Law: Property Beyond Boundaries, Boca Raton, (July 28 – August 3)   

Southeastern Environmental Law Scholars Workshop, Silencing Environmentalism, Nashville, Tennessee (July 17-19)  

American Association of Law Schools Annual Meeting, Strategies for Deploying Critical Perspectives, Critical Pedagogy in the Era of Diversity, New Orleans, Louisiana (January 2-6) 


Harvard Law School, Faith-Based Approaches to Environmental Stewardship, Institute for Global Law and Policy Conference (June 1)

American Bar Association, Meta-Regulation for Environmental Reporting,Section of Environment, Energy, and Resources Spring Conference, Orlando, Florida (April 18-20)

University of South Carolina School of Law, Biofuels: Hidden Costs and Lost Potential, Just Transitions and the Law Workshop (March 29-30)

Yale Law School, Water Hazards and Environmental Justice, New Directions in Environmental Law (March 3)


University of Florida College of Law, Urban Systems for Advanced Biofuels, Public Interest Environmental Conference (February 10-11)

American Association of Law Schools Annual Meeting, Atmospheric Trust Litigation, Hot Topic, San Francisco, California (January 7, 2017)


Southeastern Association of Law Schools Annual Meeting, The Baseline Bar, Energy Infrastructure in Transition: Environmental, Economic, and Justice-Based Issues in Modern Energy Law, Amelia Island, Florida (August 3-9)

Columbia Law School, Balking at Biofuels, Sabin Colloquium on Innovative Environmental Law Scholarship (May 26-27)

University of Florida Levin College of Law, Sustainable Development and Oil and Gas Drilling, Drilling for Oil off of Florida’s Coast, Public Interest Environmental Conference (February 19)

World Future Energy Summit, Incentivizing Second Generation Biofuels: Legal and Policy Mechanisms for Sustainable Energy Innovation and Investment, Abu Dhabi (January 19) 

American Association of Law Schools Annual Meeting, Analysis of India’s Sirsa River Valley, Environmental Futures: South Asia’s Law & Policy Challenges, New York (January 8)


Vermont Law School, Tribes and Pipelines, Environmental Law Colloquium (October 3)

University of Washington School of Law, Tribes and Pipelines, Junior Environmental Law Scholars Workshop, (July 9-10)

Harvard Law School, Islamic Environmental Law, Institute for Global Law and Policy Conference (June 1)

Columbia Law School, Tribes and Pipelines, Sabin Colloquium on Innovative Environmental Law Scholarship (May 22)

University of Georgia School of Law, Tribes and Pipelines, Association for Law, Property, and Society Sixth Annual Meeting (May 2)

Yale University, Climate & Energy Institute, Monsoon Preparedness, Hydropower, and Environmental Planning: Tropical Extremes in Monsoon Regions Workshop (April 16)

The American University in Cairo, The Genesis of Islamic Environmental Law, Third World Approaches to International Law: On Praxis and the Intellectual (February 23)


Columbia University, Balking at Biofuels in the Middle East, Second International Conference on Sustainable Development Practice (September 17)

Yale University, Meta-Regulation for Sustainability Reporting, UNITAR-Yale Conference on Environmental Governance & Democracy (September 5-7)

Harvard Law School, Balking at Biofuels, Institute for Global Law & Policy Collaborative Research Conference (June 2-3)


Harvard Law School, Sustainability as a Waqf: Biofuels in the Middle East, New Directions in Global Thought: Institute for Global Law & Policy at Five (June 3, 2013)

Texas A&M School of Law, Issues in Long Distance Energy Transmission, Fifth Annual Energy Symposium (March 22, 2013)

Hamad bin Khalifa University, Charting the Hydrokinetic Path in Pakistan, Harvard Law School Institute for Global Law and Policy Workshop, Doha, Qatar (January 5 – 13)


George Washington University Law School, Media and Stakeholder Analysis in Sustainability Reporting: Corporate Self-Regulation and Community Based Monitoring in India and Colorado, Next Generation Environmental Compliance Workshop (December 11)