Professor Hari M. Osofsky joined the faculty in 2010 and currently serves as a Professor of Law; the 2013-14 Fesler-Lampert Chair in Urban and Regional Affairs; and the Director of the Joint Degree Program in Law, Science, and Techology. 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. Previously, Professor Osofsky has served as an Associate Professor with tenure at the Law School; Interim Director and Associate Director of Law, Geography, and Environment with the Consortium on Law and Values in Health, Environment & the Life Sciences; Interim Director of the Joint Degree Program in Law, Health & the Life Sciences; and the 2011 Lampert Fesler Research Fellow.
Professor Osofsky completed her B.A. in philosophy and environmental studies at Yale College in 1993, her J.D. at Yale Law School in 1998, and her Ph.D. in geography at the University of Oregon in 2013. She was book reviews editor on the Yale Law Journal, editor-in-chief of the first issue of Yale Human Rights and Development Law Journal, and played a leadership role in the Lowenstein Human Rights project and clinic. At graduation, she was awarded the Khosla Memorial Fund Prize for engagement in advancing the values of human dignity in the international arena and the Felix S. Cohen Prize for the best student paper relating to legal philosophy.
Professor Osofsky clerked for Judge Dorothy W. Nelson of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in Pasadena, California, in 1998-99, served as a Fellow at the Center for Law in the Public Interest in 1999-2001, and was a Yale-China Legal Education Fellow and visiting scholar at Sun Yat-sen University School of Law in 2001-02. In 2002-03, she began her academic career, as a visiting assistant professor at Vermont Law School and an adjunct professor at Loyola Law School. She then served as an assistant professor and director of the Center for International and Comparative Law at Whittier Law School in 2003–06, a visiting assistant professor and then assistant professor at the University of Oregon School of Law in 2005-08, and an associate professor at Washington and Lee University School of Law in 2008-10.
Professor Osofsky's interdisciplinary law and geography scholarship focuses on governance and justice concerns related to energy and climate change. Her books include an edited volume and a forthcoming monograph on climate change litigation with Cambridge University Press; a casebook on climate change law and policy with Aspen Publishers; and a forthcoming casebook on energy law with West Academic Publishing. Her many cross-cutting articles have been published in leading law and geography journals—including among others the Washington University Law Quarterly, Stanford Environmental Law Journal, Yale Journal of International Law, and Annals of the Association of American Geographers—and have been cited by numerous law review articles, the South African Law Commission, an amicus brief to the Fifth Circuit, and nongovernmental organizations. They also have 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 and have twice been runner-up for inclusion in Land Use and Environment Law Review's annual compilation of the top land use and environmental law articles.
Professor Osofsky assisted with the Inuit Circumpolar Conference's petition on climate change to the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights and has supervised course contributions to the American Wind Energy Association, Earthjustice, Great Plains Institute, Minnesota Pollution Control Agency, Minnesota Public Utilities Commission, Commission on the BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill and Offshore Drilling, the National Regulatory Research Institute, the Phillips Community, the Southern Environmental Law Center, the University of Minnesota, and the Western Environmental Law Center. Osofsky is 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, the International Law Association’s Committee on the Legal Principles of Climate Change, the Executive Committee of the American Association of Law School's Section on International Law, and the Board of Governors of the Society of American Law Teachers (SALT). She also served as President of the Association for Law, Property, and Society in 2012-13.
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))