Levin College of Law

Annie Brett

Assistant Professor of Law

Mailing Address:
Spessard L. Holland Law Center
PO Box 117620
Gainesville, FL 32611-7620

(352) 273-0682


Professor Brett teaches and writes in the areas of environmental law, ocean and coastal law, and the intersection of law and science. Her scholarship focuses on how scientific data is used in environmental decision-making, including data collected using emerging methods and technologies. In addition to legal venues, Professor Brett has published in leading scientific outlets, including Nature, and presented in national and international policy forums.

Prior to joining the University of Florida Levin College of Law, Professor Brett worked on international ocean policy for Stanford University and the World Economic Forum. She is an accomplished mariner, recognized as the youngest female vessel captain to operate in the Pacific, and continues to participate in scientific and legal expeditions funded by National Geographic and others. Professor Brett received her AB from Harvard University, and JD and PhD from the University of Miami.


J.D., University of Miami
Ph.D., University of Miami
A.B., Harvard University

Teaching and Scholarship

Environmental Law, International Environmental Law, Ocean and Coastal Law, Property, Sustainability, Technology & Artificial Intelligence, Water Law


Oceans and Coastal Law - LAW 6930
  • This course addresses the public and private law governing use of the coastal zone and its resources. We cover the major regulations governing coastal and ocean resource use, as well as how U.S. law intersects with international law in the governance of transboundary resources and management of the high seas.
Property - LAW 5400
  • The acquisition and possession of real and personal property; estates in land; introduction to future interests; landlord and tenant; survey of modern land transactions and methods of title assurance; easements; and licenses, covenants, and rights incident to land ownership.


Selected Publications

  • Transboundary Waters, 44 Harvard Envtl. L. Rev. 473 (2020).
  • Ocean Data Need a Sea Change, 582 Nature 181 (8 June, 2020) (with Jim Leape and Mark Abbott). [Link]
  • Technology, Data and New Methods for Sustainably Managing Ocean Resources, World Resources Inst. (2020) (with Jim Leape, Mark Abbott, Hide Sakaguchi, Ling Cao, Kevin Chand, Yimnang Golbuu, Tara Martin, Juan Mayorga, and Mari S. Myksvoll). [Link]
  • Secrets of the Deep: Defining Privacy Underwater, 84 Mo. L. Rev. 47 (2019). [Link]
  • Ending Illegal Fishing: Data Policy and the Port State Measures Agreement, World Econ. For. (2019). [Link]
  • The Litigation of Exploration, 63 Villanova L. Rev. 241 (2018). [Link]