Levin College of Law

Annie Brett

Assistant Professor of Law

(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 emerging technologies can be used to improve environmental management, as well as how novel technologies should be regulated more broadly, specifically in the oceans. In addition to legal venues, Professor Brett has published in leading scientific outlets, including Nature, and presented in national and international policy forums. She serves on several committees for the National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine, including as part of the U.S. National Committee to the U.N. Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development.

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


  • Big Data and the Law
  • Oceans and Coastal Law
  • Property


Selected Publications

  • Information as Power: Democratizing Environmental Data, 2021 Utah L. Rev. (forthcoming).
  • How Performance Standards Could Support Innovation and Technology Compatible Fisheries Management Frameworks in the U.S., 131 Marine Policy 104631 (2021) (with M. Garren, F. Lewis, L. Sanchez & D. Spina).
  • 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]