Sanford E. Gaines

Sanford E. Gaines Sanford E. Gaines was director of the Utton Center from July 2007 until June 2009. He was committed to continuing the core missions of The Utton Transboundary Resources Center: interdisciplinary study and publication on natural resources law and policy; presentation of training programs and educational conferences; service as a neutral convenor for the diverse communities engaged in resource management; and provider of independent information and analysis to policy makers and participants on resource issues.

Sandy has long been dedicated to the negotiation and study of effective rules and institutions for regional and international management of the environment and natural resources. His earliest work included a study of laws affecting the management of marine mammals and an investigation into the transboundary effects on Canada of return flows from a proposed U.S. irrigation project. More recently, he participated as a senior government official in the negotiation of the environmental side agreements to the North American Free Trade Agreement, and later served in a private capacity on the U.S. national advisory committee concerning the North American Commission for Environmental Cooperation. He has made presentations at seminars and conferences on international and comparative environmental law in Scandinavia, the Netherlands, and Germany, and was among the environmental law professors from many countries who helped establish a world-wide Academy of Environmental Law. As a law professor, Sandy directed a summer study program in Mexico, was a Fulbright senior lecturer in Denmark, and published extensively on issues of legal responsibility for transboundary environmental harm, institutions for the management of transboundary resources, sustainable development, and trade and environment.

After Peace Corps service in Korea, Sandy obtained his J.D. from Harvard Law School in 1974. He has held positions at the Environmental Protection Agency and the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative, and he also worked for an environmental consulting firm and a chemical industry trade association. He comes to New Mexico after 21 years on the faculty of the University of Houston Law Center.