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 fellow of the American Bar Foundation.