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Thursday, January 12, 2023 | 9:00 – 10:00AM CT

Anastasia Telesetsky

Professor of Law at California Polytechnic State University

Presentation Slides


Winds of Change?: Expansion of Industrial Offshore Wind and Reflection on the need for Ocean Ethics


2021 was a record year for global offshore wind with over 50 gigawatts of installed capacity. More capacity will come on-line soon with increasing amount of public investment in governance and private investment in operations.  This presentation will highlight this growth of offshore wind both globally and nationally as part of a “blue economy” shift before discussing several environmentally-related governance challenges that arise from multiple-use of seascapes. The presentation will conclude with asking the question of how the development of ocean ethic norms might impact how the offshore wind industry expands its operations.


After completing a JD at UC Berkeley Law School with an Environmental Law Certificate, Professor Telesetsky practiced  environmental law in Seattle and San Francisco for 9 years. With a passion for crafting environmental policy, she completed an LLM masters thesis at the University of British Columbia on the potential of climate change insurance to support mitigation and adaptation efforts.

Over the years, she has been a Fulbright Fellow in the Philippines (Environmental Law Assistance Center),  a Bosch Foundation Fellow in Germany (working for the Germany Foreign Ministry and InWent), and an Axford Fellow (hosted by the New Zealand Ministry of Primary Industries). She is the current Chair of the American Society of International Law’s Disaster Law interest group, a member of the International Union for Conservation of Nature’s World Commission on Environmental Law.  and an individual member of the Asia-Pacific Ocean Law Institution Alliance.   

She was a former co-chair for the American Bar Association’s International Environmental Law interest group. She has previously taught at the University of Idaho College of Law and the University of Auckland School of Law. Her current research focuses on ocean governance, fisheries law, and ecological restoration. She is excited to mentor students who are dedicated to ocean protection and sustainable food systems.