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Environmental Courts and Tribunals Study

George W. (Rock) Pring

Professor of Law Emeritus

B.A., 1963, Harvard College
J.D., 1968, University of Michigan

Professor Rock Pring’s area of specialization centers on environmental and natural resources issues internationally and nationally. He has taught and published extensively, and continues to serve as a consultant to governments and public-interest organizations on specialized environmental courts and tribunals (ECTs), access to environmental justice, sustainable development, human rights, resource development, and nature preservation. While at Denver Law, Prof. Pring taught numerous courses including International Environmental Law, International Water Law, Environmental Law, Water Law, Public Land and Resources Law, Administrative Law, and Constitutional Law.

Professor Pring and his wife, Kitty Pring are Co-directors of the University of Denver Environmental Courts and Tribunals Study (at, and authored the first comparative book on this exploding phenomenon, Greening Justice: Creating and Improving Environmental Courts and Tribunals. He has authored and co-authored a number of other books, articles, encyclopedia chapters, and studies, including a leading treatise on International Environmental Law and the book SLAPPs: Getting Sued for Speaking Out, under a National Science Foundation grant, which first named and drew international attention to the problem of “Strategic Lawsuits Against Public Participation” or “SLAPPs” – abusive lawsuits designed to chill citizens’ communications with their government.

Professor Pring is a former US Representative to the Academic Advisory Group of the International Bar Association’s Section on Energy, Environment, and Resources Law. He also has served as chair of the State of Colorado Hazardous Waste Commission, adjunct professor in the graduate Environmental Science and Engineering Program at the Colorado School of Mines, and is co-founder and vice president for conservation of the Clear Creek Land Conservancy.