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Dr Robert Goldstein

Director, Center for the Rule of Law

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Phone: 845-938-2269

Robert J. Goldstein is the Director of the West Point Center for the Rule of Law and holds the Association of Graduate’s endowed Chair in Constitutional and Military Law at the United States Military Academy at West Point. Dr. Goldstein first taught at West Point in 2002-2004 as a visiting professor, and returned as Chair in 2007. As general counsel for Riverkeeper, Inc. from 2005 to 2009, he led a team of investigators, policy analysts, and attorneys, whose mission was to safeguard the ecological integrity of the Hudson River. He managed many of Riverkeeper’s high-profile cases, including: the Hudson River PCB Superfund site, the replacement of the Tappan Zee Bridge, redevelopment of the GM-Sleepy Hollow site, and the power plant intake cases that culminated in the case of Entergy v. Riverkeeper before the U.S. Supreme Court.

Prior to joining Riverkeeper, Goldstein served as director of environmental programs at Pace Law School, where he remains an Adjunct Professor teaching Environmental Justice, International Environmental Law, Environmental Diplomacy, and Conservation Law. At Pace he created initiatives using environmental law to protect human rights including the Virtual Environmental Law Library; founded the Journal of the Pace Center for Environmental Legal Studies, and the Pace Law School-Brazil Program; and established a joint-degree program with Yale University. He is a recipient of the 2008 Environmental Quality Award from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Region 2, and is a Laureate of the Nicholas A. Robinson Award for Contributions to Environmental Law, and was awarded the Superior Civilian Service Medal by the United States Military Academy in 2004.

He has published three books, including Green Wood in the Bundle of Sticks (Ashgate 2005), which examines the Constitutional underpinnings of environmental law and offers legal solutions to the problems of sprawl and non-point source pollution, as well as numerous articles and book chapters. He recently was awarded a grant by the Pace Academy for the Environment to teach a course that he created for the University’s inaugural River Semester program, entitled Environmental Advocacy. He is a founder of the fledgling Pocantico River Watershed Conservancy. He holds a doctorate (S.J.D.) and a Master's degree (LL.M.) in environmental law from Pace in addition to his JD degree from St. John’s University; as well as a Master's degree in environmental management (M.E.M.) from Yale University. ​