The Environmental Law Program offers students opportunities to learn from leading scholars and practitioners. Core environmental law courses illustrate regulatory approaches to environmental problems, discuss emerging policy areas, and teach practical, hands-on skills relevant to the practice of environmental law. Advanced courses and seminars explore the role of the Supreme Court in shaping environmental law, the relationship between environmental regulation and energy law, and the effectiveness of international law to deal with global environmental problems.
Affiliated and visiting faculty offer courses that explore environmental law through the lens of dispute resolution, human rights, and other disciplines. Students can also cross-register for relevant courses throughout Harvard and other universities, such as MIT.
Faculty research covers a broad range of environmental issues as well as administrative law and Supreme Court advocacy. ELP faculty bring diverse professional experience to their scholarship. Professor Freeman served in the White House as Counselor for Energy and Climate Change in 2009-10, contributing to policy initiatives on renewable energy, energy efficiency, oil and gas drilling, and transmission policy, while also leading the effort to issue landmark fuel efficiency standards for automobiles. Professor Lazarus has presented oral arguments in more than a dozen Supreme Court cases and recently served as Executive Director of the National Commission on the BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill and Offshore Drilling. In addition to working at the Department of Justice, Professor Jacobs practiced environmental law at a major law firm for nearly two decades, covering the gamut of environmental issues.