Advisory Board

Grant S. Wilson, J.D.

Grant S. Wilson, J.D. is Professional Associate at the Global Catastrophic Risk Institute, a nonprofit think tank that engages in research, education, and professional networking in areas related to global catastrophic risks.
Grant is a published international law scholar, including an article in the Georgetown Journal of International Law on the potential to challenge fossil fuel subsidies within the WTO and a forthcoming piece in the Virginia Environmental Law Journal on emerging technologies and international law. He also has published several pieces online, including for the Institute for Ethics & Emerging Technologies and for Conservation Northwest, an environmental nonprofit.
He earned his J.D. from Lewis & Clark Law School in Portland, OR, where he specialized in international environmental law and earned a Certificate in Environmental and Natural Resources Law. During law school, he traveled to the 2009 Climate Change Conference in Cancun, where he performed international law work on behalf of Pacific Small Island Developing States.
Grant has also worked on international law issues all over the world, including Kenya, South Korea, Hungary, Mexico, Belgium, and the United States. In the Central Highlands of Kenya, he worked with various ethnic communities to help shape the 2010 Constitution of Kenya to best fit their community land management styles. In Budapest, Hungary, he worked for a public interest environmental law firm on environmental and human rights issues.
He has a special interest in emerging technologies. He believes that protecting the environment is the paramount issue of our time and that while emerging technologies (e.g. nanotechnology, bioengineering, Artificial Intelligence) could revolutionize environmental protection, they also present their own risks — even the potential to cause global catastrophes. He believes that the international community should make tough discussions about the future of the earth’s environment and how to best utilize emerging technologies for the benefit of mankind and our planet.
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