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Elizabeth B. Hessami

Faculty Lecturer, Johns Hopkins University

Elizabeth B. Hessami, J.D., LL.M. (Environmental Law) is a Faculty Lecturer for The Johns Hopkins University Advanced Academic Programs. She is an Environmental Attorney licensed to practice by the Washington, D.C. and United States Supreme Court Bars. Ms. Hessami is a Visiting Attorney for the Environmental Law Institute researching environmental security issues such as post-conflict natural resources management and armed conflict and the environment. She was awarded the "Excellence in Teaching Award" by The Johns Hopkins University and has received certificates of appreciation from the World Bank Group for her research contributions on Afghanistan and the Business of Agriculture. She has also worked on several projects with United Nations Environment.
Ms. Hessami is a noted expert on environmental security issues and armed conflict in Afghanistan and has published widely on the topic. She was a founding member of the Environmental Peacebuilding Association for which she is currently producing content such as webinars on hydro-diplomacy and hydro-governance. She was recently nominated to the IUCN (International Union for the Conservation of Nature) - World Commission on Environmental Law, Specialty Group on Peace, Security, and Conflict.
She has a strong interest in Mining Law and Governance particularly in relation to the gemstone industry. Ms. Hessami has lectured on the revisions to the Afghan Minerals Law, environmental security, renewable energy and Afghanistan, and other topics related to armed conflict, conflict financing, climate change, and natural resources in Afghanistan.


  • –present
    Faculty Lecturer, Johns Hopkins University


  • 2015 
    Vermont Law School, LL.M.

Professional Memberships

  • Washington, D.C. Bar
  • U.S. Supreme Court Bar


Excellence in Teaching Award-The Johns Hopkins University, Summa Cum Laude-Vermont Law School, Certificate of Appreciation-The World Bank Group