Yale College, B.A.
Yale Law School, J.D.
University of Oregon, Ph.D.
Professor Hari M. Osofsky is a Professor of Law; the 2014-15 Julius E. Davis Chair in Law; the Faculty Director of the Energy Transition Lab; and the Director of the Joint Degree Program in Law, Science, and Technology at the University of Minnesota Law School. She also is on the faculty of the Conservation Biology Graduate Program, an adjunct professor in the Department of Geography, Environment and Society, and a Fellow with the Institute on the Environment.
Osofsky's over fifty publications focus on improving governance and addressing injustice in energy and climate change regulation. Her scholarship includes books with Cambridge University Press on climate change litigation, textbooks on both energy and climate change law, and articles in leading law and geography journals. Osofsky's article on governance and the BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill was selected for inclusion in Land Use and Environment Law Review's annual compilation of the top land use and environmental law articles, and she has been awarded the Daniel B. Luten Award for the best paper by a professional geographer by the Energy and Environment Specialty Group of the Association of American Geographers.
Osofsky is actively involved in public policy work on energy transition and climate change through the Energy Transition Lab and her teaching. She has supervised course contributions to the American Wind Energy Association, Commission on the BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill and Offshore Drilling, Earthjustice, Great Plains Institute, Hennepin County, Twin Cities Met Council, Minnesota Pollution Control Agency, Minnesota Public Utilities Commission, the National Regulatory Research Institute, Northwest Arctic Borough, the Phillips Community, the Southern Environmental Law Center, the University of Minnesota, and the Western Environmental Law Center. She also assisted with the Inuit Circumpolar Conference's petition on climate change to the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights.
Her professional leadership roles have included, among others, serving as President of the Association for Law, Property, and Society; chair of the American Association of Law School's Section on Property; and a member of the Executive Council of the American Society of International Law and the International Law Association's Committee on the Legal Principles of Climate Change. She also is a member of the Board of Governors of the Society of American Law Teachers, the International Bar Association's Model Statute on Climate Change Remedies Working Group, and the editorial board of Climate Law.
Osofsky received a B.A. and a J.D. from Yale University, and a Ph.D. in Geography from the University of Oregon. At Yale Law School, she received the Felix S. Cohen Prize and Khosla Memorial Fund Prize, and also served as Book Reviews Editor for the Yale Law Journal, Co-Founder and Co-Editor-in-Chief of the Yale Human Rights and Development Law Journal, and Director of the Lowenstein International Human Rights Project. After clerking for Judge Dorothy Nelson of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, she worked as a Fellow at Center for the Law in the Public Interest in Los Angeles, pursuing public interest impact litigation with a focus on environmental justice. During the 2001-02 academic year, she served as a Yale-China Legal Education Fellow and Visiting Scholar at Zhongshan University in Guangzhou, China, teaching U.S. Civil Rights Law and working collaboratively with her Chinese colleagues to launch the school's first legal clinic. Prior to coming to the University of Minnesota Law School, Osofsky taught at Washington and Lee University School of Law, University of Oregon School of Law, and Whittier Law School.
For further information on Professor Osofsky, please consult her curriculum vitae.
Complexities of Addressing the Impacts of Climate Change on Indigenous Peoples through International Law Petitions: A Case Study of the Inuit Petition to the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, in Climate Change and Indigenous Peoples: The Search for Legal Remedies 313 (Randall S. Abate & Elizabeth Ann Kronk, eds., Edward Elgar Publishing, 2013)
Climate Change and Dispute Resolution Processes, in International Law in the Era of Climate Change 350 (Rosemary Rayfuse & Shirley V. Scott, eds., Edward Elgar, 2012)
Suburban Climate Change Efforts in Minnesota: Implications for Multi-Level Mitigation Strategies, in Local Climate Change Law: Environmental Regulation in Cities and Other Localities 105 (Benjamin J. Richardson, ed., Edward Elgar Publishing, 2012)
Technology Transfer and Climate Change, in Sustainable Technology Transfer: A Guide to Global Aid & Trade Development 177 (Hans Henrik Lidgard, Jeffery Atik & Tu Thanh Nguyen, eds., Aspen Publishers, 2012)
The Creation of the International Law of Climate Change: Complexities of Sub-State Actors, in Non-State Actors, Soft Law and Protective Regimes: From the Margins 179 (Cecilia M. Bailliet, ed., Cambridge University Press, 2012)
The Right to Frozen Water: The Institutional Spaces for Supranational Climate Change Petitions, in Progress in International Law 749 (Russell A. Miller & Rebecca M. Bratspies, eds., Martinus Nijhoff, 2008)
Litigation's Regulatory Pathways and the Administrative State: Lessons from U.S. and Australian Climate Change Governance, 25 Georgetown International Environmental Law Review 207 (2013)
(with Jacqueline Peel)
Environmental Justice and the BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill, 20 New York University Environmental Law Journal 99 (2012)
(with Kate Baxter-Kauf, Bradley Hammer, Ann Mailander, Brett Mares, Amy Pikovsky, Andrew Whitney & Laura Wilson)
Suburban Climate Change Efforts: Possibilities for Small and Nimble Cities Participating in State, Regional, National, and International Networks, 22 Cornell Journal of Law and Public Policy 395 (2012)
Diagonal Federalism and Climate Change: Implications for the Obama Administration, 62 Alabama Law Review 237 (2011) (winner of the Association of American Geographers' Climate Specialty Group's Student Paper Competition) (article)
The Role of Climate Change Litigation in Establishing the Scale of Energy Regulation, 101 Annals of the Association of American Geographers 775 (2011) (accepted through peer review process for special issue on Energy)
Climate Change and Environmental Justice: Reflections on Litigation over Oil Extraction and Rights Violations in Nigeria, 1 Journal of Human Rights and the Environment 189 (2010) (solicited; accepted through peer review process) (essay)
The Future of Environmental Law and Complexities of Scale: Federalism Experiments with Climate Change under the Clean Air Act, 32 Washington University Journal of Law and Policy 79 (2010) (symposium essay)
The Geography of Climate Change Litigation Part II: Narratives of Massachusetts v. EPA, 8 Chicago Journal of International Law 573 (2008) (awarded the Daniel B. Luten Award for the best paper by a professional geographer by the Energy and Environment Specialty Group of the Association of American Geographers) (selected for the AALS-ASIL 2007 Joint Conference on International Law, Works-in-Progress Session) (article)
Climate Change Litigation as Pluralist Legal Dialogue?, 26A Stanford Environmental Law Journal & 43A Stanford Journal of International Law 181 (2007) (joint issue) (selected for Stanford Climate Symposium) (runner-up for Land Use and Environment Law Review's compilation of the top land use and environmental law articles of 2007) (article)
Local Approaches to Transnational Corporate Responsibility: Mapping the Role of Subnational Climate Change Litigation, 20 Pacific McGeorge Global Business & Development Law Journal 143 (2007) (symposium essay)
The Intersection of Scale, Science, and Law in Massachusetts v. EPA, 9 Oregon Review of International Law 233 (2007) (symposium essay), reprinted in Adjudicating Climate Change: State, National, and International Approaches (William C.G. Burns & Hari M. Osofsky, eds., Cambridge University Press, 2009)
The Inuit Petition as a Bridge?: Beyond Dialectics of Climate Change and Indigenous Peoples' Rights, 31 American Indian Law Review 675 (2007) (symposium essay), reprinted in Adjudicating Climate Change: State, National, and International Approaches (William C.G. Burns & Hari M. Osofsky, eds., Cambridge University Press, 2009)
Learning from Environmental Justice: A New Model for International Environmental Rights, 24 Stanford Environmental Law Journal 71 (2005) (article), reprinted in Human Rights and the Environment 219 (Dinah L. Shelton, ed., Edward Elgar Publishing, 2011)
The Geography of Climate Change Litigation: Implications for Transnational Regulatory Governance, 83 Washington University Law Quarterly 1789 (2005) (runner-up for Land Use and Environment Law Review's compilation of the top land use and environmental law articles of 2006) (article)
Domesticating International Criminal Law: Bringing Human Rights Violators to Justice, 107 Yale Law Journal 191 (1997) (note), reprinted in Jurisdiction in International Law (W. Michael Reisman, ed., Ashgate/Dartmouth, 1999)
Book Review, 106 American Journal of International Law 715 (2012) (reviewing The Oxford Handbook of International Environmental Law (Daniel Bodansky, Jutta Brunnee & Ellen Hey, eds., Oxford University Press, 2007))
Popular Sovereignty, Geography, and Public Participation in Environmental Decision-Making in China, 24 Temple Journal of Science, Technology & Environmental Law 225 (2005) (commentary on Chang Jiwen, How to Harmonize Community Autonomy and Administrative Responsibility in Environmental Decision-Making: Environmental Hearing Institutions in Wuhan, 24 Temple Journal of Science, Technology & Environmental Law 229 (2005))