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George W. (Rock) Pring

Professor Emeritus of Law

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 sustainable development, human rights, mining and resource development, environmental impact assessment, compliance, and remediation, and nature preservation. While at Denver Law, Prof. Pring taught numerous courses including International Environmental Law, International Water Law, Public Land and Resources Law, and Constitutional Law.

Professor Pring and his wife, Kitty Pring, co-directed 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. Professors Pring has co-authored (with Professor Ved Nanda) a leading treatise on International Environmental Law as well as numerous other publications in the field. He co-authored (with Professor Penelope Canan) the National Science Foundation-funded book, SLAPPs: Getting Sued for Speaking Out, which first named and drew international attention to the problem of “Strategic Lawsuits Against Public Participation” in government or “SLAPPs” – lawsuits to chill citizens’ communications to government.

In addition to his extensive publications and teaching load, 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 served as past-chair of the State of Colorado Hazardous Waste Commission, retired adjunct professor in the graduate Environmental Science and Engineering Program at the Colorado School of Mines, and co-founder and vice president for conservation of the Clear Creek Land Conservancy.