Andrew Friedman leads Pew’s work to safeguard the marine environment by advocating for development of a precautionary management regime for deep seabed mining at the International Seabed Authority, the global body charged with regulating mining in areas beyond any country’s jurisdiction. He previously worked in Pew’s international conservation unit serving as international law and outreach adviser to the Trusts’ global environmental projects, particularly regarding engagement with multilateral institutions.
Before coming to Pew, Friedman served as the legal adviser to the Permanent Mission of the Republic of Palau to the United Nations. He advised Palau’s permanent representative on all aspects of the country’s international diplomacy, including the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea, fishery management, and ocean conservation. He was also a litigation associate at Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP, engaging in complex commercial litigation with emphasis on securities, contract disputes, bankruptcy, and government investigations.
Friedman holds a bachelor’s degree of business administration in international business from the University of Georgia and a Juris Doctor from the New York University School of Law.