President Nasheed Speaks at Columbia

March 29, 2012

Former President Nasheed and Michael Gerrard

Former President Nasheed and Michael Gerrard


After years as a political prisoner, Mohamed Nasheed was elected President of the Republic of the Maldives in 2008 in the first democratic election in that Indian Ocean nation’s history.¬†Trained as a marine scientist, President Nasheed emerged as one of the leading voices of small island nations threatened by sea level rise and climate change. He was forced out of office in¬†February 2012 in what may have been a coup orchestrated by the repressive forces he defeated in 2008.

President Nasheed is the subject of a film, The Island President, which will be opened in New York at Film Forum on March 28, 2012.

Event Co-Sponsors:

  • Columbia Center for Climate Change Law
  • The Earth Institute of Columbia University
  • Environmental and International Environmental Law Committees of the New York City Bar Association
  • Yale Environmental Law Association
  • Yale Center for Environmental Law & Policy
  • Bard MBA in Sustainability