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Nick conducts legal and policy research for the Governance Center of Excellence. He is currently assessing the land tenure security of indigenous and community lands, and examining expropriation laws and practices for the Land and Resource Rights Initiative (LRR). He is also conducting legal research on environmental regulatory frameworks for The Access Initiative. Previously at WRI, Nick helped research land and resource rights for LRR and procedural environmental rights for the Environmental Democracy Index. He also assisted WRI’s Water team and helped design a water trading program in China.
Prior to joining WRI, Nick conducted legal research on land acquisitions for Oxfam India in New Delhi. In 2012, he worked in Monrovia and analyzed proposed Liberian legislation for the Law Reform Commission of Liberia.
Nick holds a B.A. in Economics and Political Studies from Pitzer College and a J.D. from Indiana University Maurer School of Law. He is a member of the Maryland State Bar.