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Global Environmental Constitutionalism Panel

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Wednesday, September 26, 2012
5:00 p.m.
Higgins Hall, Room 300


  • Douglass Kysar, Deputy Dean and Joseph M. Field ’55 Professor of Law at Yale Law School
  • Sheila Jasanoff, Pforzheimer Professor of Science and Technology Studies at the Harvard Kennedy School
  • Brian Gareau, Assistant Professor of Sociology at Boston College
  • David Wirth, Professor of Law at Boston College Law School

Co-sponsored with the Sociology Department 


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Douglass Kysar is Deputy Dean and Joseph M. Field ’55 Professor of Law at Yale Law School. His teaching and research areas include torts, environmental law, and risk regulation. He received his B.A. summa cum laude from Indiana University in 1995 and his J.D. magna cum laude from Harvard Law School in 1998 where he served on the student board of advisors. He has published articles on a wide array of environmental law and tort law topics, and is co-author of a leading casebook, The Torts Process, and Economics of Environmental Law (2009). He is sole author of Regulating from Nowhere: Environmental Law and the Search for Objectivity (2010), which “seeks to reinvigorate environmental law and policy by offering novel theoretical insights on cost-benefit analysis, the precautionary principle, and sustainable development.” Before arriving at Yale, Professor Kysar was an associate at Foley, Hoag & Eliot LLP, aVisiting Scholar at Universitat Pompeu Fabra in Barcelona, Spain, a Visiting Professor at Harvard Law School, UCLA Law School, New York University School of Law, and a Professor at Cornell Law School.


Sheila Jasanoff is Pforzheimer Professor of Science and Technology Studies at the Harvard Kennedy School. A pioneer in her field, she has authored more than 100 articles and chapters and is author or editor of a dozen books, including Controlling Chemicals (1985), The Fifth Branch (1990), Science at the Bar (1995), and most recently Designs on Nature (2005). Jasanoff’s articles have appeared in journals such as Science and Public Policy and Society. Her work explores the role of science and technology in the law, politics, and policy of modern democracies, with particular attention to the nature of public reason. She has received numerous grants and awards from the National Science Foundation, the Ford Foundation, the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Rockefeller Foundation. Professor Jasanoff is also the recipient of fellowships from the American Council of Learned Societies, Cornell University, and the German Marshall Fund. Before teaching at Harvard, Jasanoff was an associate at environmental law firm Bracken, Selig and Baram in Boston and a Senior Research Associate and later Professor in the Program on Science, Technology & Society at Cornell University.


Brian Gareau is an Assistant Professor of Sociology and International Studies at Boston College. He received his BA in Social Science from Providence College, a MS in Environmental Science and Regional Planning from Washington State University, and a Ph.D. in Sociology from University of California, Santa Cruz. His forthcoming book, From Precaution to Profit: Contemporary Challenges to Environmental Protection in the Montreal Protocol, “focuses on the linkages between globalization, science, and politics in global environmental governance by investigating the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer.” Professor Gareau has also published a number of book chapters and articles, the latter appearing in Capitalism, Nature, Socialism, Social Science Quarterly, Sustainability, and Environmental Politics. He is also the recipient of the Eric Wolf Prize from The Political Ecology Society (PESO) for the best article-length paper based on dissertation research and numerous teaching awards.


David Wirth is Professor of Law at Boston College Law School, where he serves as Director of International Programs. He received his AB from Princeton University, an AM from Harvard University, and a J.D. from Yale Law School. While at Yale, Professor Wirth was editor of the Yale Journal of World Public Order. He is the author of numerous articles concerning international legal issues, which have appeared in American Journal of International Law, University of Chicago Legal Forum, and Environmental Science and Technology. Wirth has a forthcoming chapter entitled "The President, the Environment, and Foreign Policy: The Globalization of Environmental Politics" which will appear in The Presidency and the Environment: The Twentieth Century and Beyond. Before arriving at Boston College Law School, Professor Wirth served as law clerk to Judge William H. Timbers, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, New York and was a faculty member at Washington and Lee University Law School. He has also taught at Harvard and Oxford Universities, the University of Virginia, and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.