Areas of Study

Environmental and Land Use


  • Vicki Been
    Boxer Family Professor of Law on Leave;
    Director, Furman Center for Real Estate and Urban Policy
    Vicki Been ’83 has been on the faculty at NYU School of Law since 1990. She writes about land use regulation, the causes and consequences of the housing and foreclosure crises, affordable housing policy, the Fifth Amendment’s takings clause, environmental justice, and fair housing. She is the co-author of a leading land use casebook, Land Use Controls. Been’s current research focuses on the effect of the housing crisis on black and Latino families, the role of zoning and other regulations in shaping development patterns, regulatory barriers to accessory dwelling units and micro-units, transferable development rights, and historic preservation. A 1983 graduate of NYU Law, Been was a Root-Tilden Scholar. She clerked for Judge Edward Weinfeld of the US District Court for the Southern District of New York and Justice Harry Blackmun of the US Supreme Court. In February 2012, the Furman Center for Real Estate and Urban Policy, which Been co-directs, was named a recipient of the MacArthur Award for Creative and Effective Institutions in recognition of the center’s excellence in providing objective, policy-relevant research on urban policy.
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  • Clayton Gillette
    Max E. Greenberg Professor of Contract Law
    Clayton Gillette’s teaching and scholarship concentrate on contracts, commercial law, and local government law. His research concerns issues as varied as local redistribution, contract design, long-term contracts, the political economy of international sales law, standard form contracts, municipal bankruptcy, and relations between localities and their neighbors. He has recently supervised students working on governance structures that increase fiscal stability for the Office of the Emergency Manager of the City of Detroit, and has consulted in litigation and arbitrations on subjects ranging from Agent Orange products liability to defaults on municipal bonds and the interpretation of derivatives contracts. Before joining the NYU School of Law faculty in 2000, he was the Perre Bowen Professor of Law at the University of Virginia School of Law. He earned his JD from the University of Michigan and a BA from Amherst College. After law school, he clerked for Judge J. Edward Lumbard of the US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit and was associated with the law firm Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton.
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  • Roderick Hills
    William T. Comfort, III Professor of Law
    Roderick Hills teaches and writes in a variety of public law areas: constitutional law, local government law, land use regulation, jurisdiction and conflicts of law, and education law. His interest in these topics springs from their common focus on the problems and promise of decentralization. Hills’s recent work has focused on the virtues and vices of decentralization in federal control of nonfederal corruption, the states’ regulation of local government, and the use of federalism to defuse controversies over culture and religion. Hills has been a cooperating counsel with the American Civil Liberties Union, filing briefs in cases challenging denial of domestic-partner benefits to same-sex couples (National Pride at Work Inc. v. Granholm), exclusion of prison inmates from the protections of state antidiscrimination law (Mason v. Granholm), denial of rights to challenge prison guards’ visitation by family members for prison inmates (Bazzetta v. McGinnis), and discrimination against recently arrived indigent migrants in public assistance (Saenz v. Roe). Hills holds bachelor’s and law degrees from Yale University. He served as a law clerk for Judge Patrick Higginbotham of the US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit and previously taught at the University of Michigan Law School.
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  • Robert Howse
    Lloyd C. Nelson Professor of International Law
    Robert Howse received his BA in philosophy and political science with high distinction, as well as an LLB with honors, from the University of Toronto, where he was co-editor-in-chief of the Faculty of Law Review. He also holds an LLM from Harvard Law School. Howse has been a visiting professor at, among other institutions, Harvard Law School, Tel Aviv University, and the University of Paris 1 (Pantheon-Sorbonne). His books include The Regulation of International Trade (with Michael Trebilcock; fourth edition, forthcoming 2012) and The WTO System: Law, Politics, and Legitimacy (2007). He is also co-translator and principal author of the interpretative commentary Alexandre Kojeve, Outline of a Phenomenology of Right (2000), and of various articles on the political thought of Kojeve, Leo Strauss, and Carl Schmitt. He has been a frequent consultant or adviser to government agencies and international organizations such as the OECD, UNCTAD, and the Inter-American Development Bank. He has also been a consultant to the investor’s counsel in a number of investor-state arbitrations. Howse is a contributor to the American Law Institute project on WTO law and serves on the editorial advisory boards of the European Journal of International Law, Transnational Legal Theory, and Legal Issues of Economic Integration. He coordinates the Investment Law Forum at NYU School of Law and is co-founder of the New York City Working Group on International Economic Law.
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  • Benedict Kingsbury
    Murry and Ida Becker Professor of Law;
    Director, Institute for International Law and Justice
    Benedict Kingsbury’s broad, theoretically grounded approach to international law closely integrates work in legal theory, political theory, and history. With NYU colleague Richard Stewart, he initiated and directs the Global Administrative Law Research Project, a pioneering approach to issues of accountability and participation in global governance. They launched the Global Administrative Law Network, and together with Andrew Hurrell edit the Law and Global Governance book series for Oxford University Press. Kingsbury has directed the Law School’s Institute for International Law and Justice since its founding in 2002. He and NYU Professor José Alvarez became the editors-in-chief of the century-old American Journal of International Law in 2013. Kingsbury has written on a wide range of international law topics, from trade-environment disputes and indigenous peoples issues to interstate arbitration, investor-state arbitration, and the proliferation of international tribunals. His edited volumes include Governance by Indicators (2012), and books on Hugo Grotius (1583-1645) and Alberico Gentili (1552-1608). After completing his LLB with first-class honors at the University of Canterbury in New Zealand in 1981, Kingsbury was a Rhodes Scholar at Balliol College, Oxford. In 1984, he graduated at the top of his class in the MPhil program in international relations at Oxford. He subsequently completed a DPhil in law at Oxford and has taught at Oxford, Duke, Harvard Law School, the University of Tokyo, the University of Paris 1, and the University of Utah.
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  • Richard Revesz
    Lawrence King Professor of Law;
    Dean Emeritus;
    Director, Institute for Policy Integrity
    Richard Revesz is one of the nation’s leading voices in the fields of environmental and regulatory law and policy. His work focuses on the use of cost-benefit analysis in administrative regulation, federalism and environmental regulation, design of liability regimes for environmental protection, and positive political economy analysis of environmental regulation. His book Retaking Rationality: How Cost-Benefit Analysis Can Better Protect the Environment and Our Health (with Michael Livermore ’06, 2008) contends that the economic analysis of law can be used to support a more protective approach to environmental and health policy. In 2008, Revesz co-founded the Institute for Policy Integrity at NYU School of Law to advocate for regulatory reform before courts, legislatures, and agencies, and to contribute original scholarly research in the environmental and health-and-safety areas. Revesz received a BS summa cum laude from Princeton University, an MS in civil engineering from MIT, and a JD from Yale Law School, where he was editor-in-chief of the Yale Law Journal. After judicial clerkships with Chief Judge Wilfred Feinberg of the US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit and Justice Thurgood Marshall of the US Supreme Court, Revesz joined the NYU School of Law faculty in 1985 and served as dean from 2002 to 2013. Revesz is the director designate of the American Law Institute, the leading independent organization in the United States producing scholarly work to clarify, modernize, and otherwise improve the law. He is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, the Administrative Conference of the United States, and the Committee on Conscience of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum.
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  • Richard Stewart
    University Professor;
    John Edward Sexton Professor of Law;
    Director, Frank J. Guarini Center on Environmental and Land Use Law
    Richard Stewart is recognized as one of the world’s leading scholars in environmental and administrative law. Prior to joining the faculty, Stewart served as Byrne Professor of Administrative Law at Harvard Law School and as a member of the faculty of the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard. He has served as assistant attorney general in charge of the Environment and Natural Resources Division of the US Department of Justice and chairman of the Environmental Defense Fund. Stewart directs, with NYU School of Law Professor Benedict Kingsbury, a major project on global administrative law that examines and advances mechanisms of transparency, participation, reason giving, and review to meet accountability gaps in global regulatory institutions. Stewart also directs the NYU Climate Finance Project, which addresses new legal and regulatory institutions and tools for international transfers of public and private investment resources to developing countries. The project has published a pioneering book on the subject and held workshops and training sessions at the Copenhagen and Cancún climate meetings. It is currently developing a proposal for a Global Climate Finance Registry to promote accountability and effectiveness in global climate finance. He recently published a major book on US nuclear waste law regulation and policy. Stewart also works on environmental law reform projects in China and other developing countries through the International Environmental Law Clinic and Guarini Center projects.
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  • Katrina Wyman
    Sarah Herring Sorin Professor of Law;
    Director, Environmental Law LL.M Program
    Born and raised in Canada, Katrina Wyman has a BA, MA, and LLB from the University of Toronto and an LLM from Yale Law School. Before joining NYU School of Law in 2002, she was a research fellow at the University of Toronto Faculty of Law in 2001-02. Wyman’s research interests relate primarily to property and natural resources law and policy. She has undertaken case studies of the evolution of emissions trading, and property rights in fisheries and taxi licenses. She also has worked on the Endangered Species Act and the policy and legal responses to the possibility that climate change might prompt large-scale human migration.
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