Areas of Study

Environmental and Land Use


  • Vicki Been
    Boxer Family Professor of Law on Leave
    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-directed at the time, 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. In 2014, Mayor Bill de Blasio appointed her commissioner of the New York City Department of Housing Preservation & Development.
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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 the interpretation of sophisticated financial contracts to defaults on municipal bonds. 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 public law areas with a focus on the law governing division of powers between central and subcentral governments. These areas include constitutional law, local government law, land use regulation, jurisdiction and conflicts of law, and education law. His publications have appeared, among other places, in the Harvard Law Review, Pennsylvania Law Review, Michigan Law Review, Stanford Law Review, the University of Chicago Law Review, and the Supreme Court Law Review. Hills has been a cooperating counsel with the American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan and also files amicus briefs in cases on issues relevant to the autonomy of state and local governments and the protection of their powers from preemption. 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. He is a member of the state bar of New York and the US Supreme Court bar.
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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, the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and the University of Paris 1 (Pantheon-Sorbonne). His books include Leo Strauss Man of Peace (Cambridge University Press, 2014), The Regulation of International Trade (with Michael Trebilcock and Antonia Eliason; fourth edition, 2013), 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). Howse 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 member of the Board of Advisers of the NYU Center for Law and Philosophy. He serves on the editorial advisory boards of the London Review of International Law, The Journal of World Investment and Trade, Transnational Legal Theory, and Legal Issues of Economic Integration. He is co-founder of the New York City Working Group on International Economic Law and is currently chair of the Executive Committee, AALS Economic Globalization and Governance Section.
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  • Dale Jamieson
    Professor of Environmental Studies & Philosophy; Affiliated Professor of Law;
    Director of Environmental Studies Program, Faculty of Arts & Science
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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 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, Energy, and Land Use Law
    Richard Stewart is recognized as one of the world’s leading scholars in environmental and administrative law. His current research projects include “megaregional” international agreements on regulation, trade, and investment; using law to reform and secure justice in global governance; private and hybrid global regulation; innovative institutional strategies to reduce greenhouse gas emissions; and solving the challenge of nuclear waste. Stewart also works on global climate law initiatives, electricity sector reform, and environmental law reform projects in developing countries through the International Environmental Law Clinic and the Guarini Center on Environmental, Energy, and Land Use Law. Students are closely involved in these projects.

    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. He recently published a major book on US nuclear waste law regulation and policy.

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  • Katrina Wyman
    Sarah Herring Sorin Professor of Law;
    Director, Environmental and Energy Law LLM 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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