Claudia S. de Windt

Claudia S. de Windt. Dominican lawyer and expert in political sciences. Specialized in International Environmental Law. Chief of the Environmental Law, Policy and Good Governance Section and Senior Legal Specialist of the Department of Sustainable Development of the Organization of American States OAS. Her work focuses on the effectiveness of environmental law, access rights and on good governance for Sustainable Development, areas in which she has authored numerous publications. Dr. de Windt has worked with the executive, the judiciary and the legislative branch throughout the Americas and has broad experience in development of environmental laws and regulations, in treaties and international negotiations and conflict resolution. She has directed multiple international cooperation projects in these subject matters. Dr. de Windt received her Juris Doctor from the Faculty of Juridical and Political Sciences of the Ibero-American University (UNIBE) in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, where she completed her thesis in maritime law. Dr. de Windt holds master of Laws (LLM) in International Legal Studies from American University’s Washington College of Law.

Prior to joining the OAS, Dr. de Windt was in private law practice in Dominican Republic, where she counseled international and local organizations in the areas of contracts, banking, maritime, corporate and investment Law and alternative dispute resolution. She is a Judicial Interpreter of the Court of First Instance of the National District by appointment of the President of the Dominican Republic. Dr. de Windt is part of the roster of experts in environmental law of the EU-Central America Association Agreement. She is the Co-Chair of the Green Growth and the Law Committee of the Green Growth Knowledge Platform and is also a member of the Steering Committee of the World Commission on Environmental Law of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN). Dr. de Windt is admitted to practice in her country and to the Dominican Bar Association. Languages: native Spanish, fluent English and working knowledge of French and Portuguese.