Michael Mehling joined Ecologic Institute in 2004 and was appointed president of Ecologic Institute, in Washington, D.C., in April 2008.
During his work with Ecologic Institute, Michael has coordinated a range of research and advisory projects for government agencies as well as educational and civil society institutions in North America, Europe, and the developing world. As an adjunct professor at Georgetown University, he also teaches on issues of energy and environmental policy to graduate students.
Trained as a lawyer, Michael has a strong background in legal and institutional analysis, complemented by several years of experience working in an interdisciplinary setting. He is a German and American citizen and has lived for extended periods of time in the United States, Germany, Chile, and Finland. A native speaker of German and English, Michael is fluent in Spanish, has a good command of French and Portuguese, and knows basic Finnish.
Michael has authored more than 80 publications on environmental law and policy in edited volumes and peer-reviewed journals. He is a frequent speaker at academic and trade conferences, has given interviews to national and regional media, and has been invited to brief legislators and legislative staff at the European Parliament and the U.S. Congress. He is also the founding editor of the Carbon & Climate Law Review, a quarterly journal on climate regulation and the carbon market.
Prior to joining Ecologic Institute, Michael held academic positions at the Universities of Constance, Greifswald (Germany), and Helsinki (Finland). In 2007, he was awarded a John J. McCloy Fellowship in Environmental Policy from the American Council on Germany and a three-year research grant from the Finnish Academy.
Michael studied law at the Universities of Constance and Helsinki, specializing in environmental and international law. He holds a master's degree in Law (LL.M.) from the University of Helsinki and has been a member of the Berlin bar since October 2008. During his judicial training, he was stationed at the department of environmental crimes at the office of the public prosecutor in Hamburg, the German Emissions Trading Authority (DEHSt) in Berlin, and a Brazilian environmental consultancy, Âmbito - Homem e Ambiente, in Belo Horizonte.