Susan Biniaz

Visiting Lecturer in Law

(fall term)


Sue Biniaz is a Visiting Lecturer in Law at Yale Law School.  She served for over thirty years in the State Department's Legal Adviser's Office, where she was a Deputy Legal Adviser, as well as the lead climate lawyer and a lead climate negotiator from 1989 until early 2017.

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Susan Biniaz

Contact Information



Faculty Assistant


Jennifer Marshall

Education & Curriculum Vitae


J.D., Columbia Law School, 1983

B.A., Yale University, 1980

Courses Taught


  • Negotiating International Agreements: The Case of Climate Change

Sue Biniaz is a Visiting Lecturer in Law at Yale Law School.  She served for over thirty years in the State Department's Legal Adviser's Office, where she was a Deputy Legal Adviser, as well as the lead climate lawyer and a lead climate negotiator from 1989 until early 2017.  She is a Senior Fellow at the UN Foundation and is on the adjunct faculty at Columbia Law School.  During the winter 2017 quarter, she was a Distinguished Fellow at the Energy Policy Institute of  Chicago and taught at the University of Chicago Law School.  She attended Yale College and Columbia Law School, and clerked for Judge Dorothy W. Nelson on the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals.