Deputy Dean and Joseph M. Field ’55 Professor of Law
Professor Douglas Kysar is Deputy Dean and Joseph M. Field ’55 Professor of Law at Yale Law School. His teaching and research areas include torts, animal law, environmental law, climate change, products liability, and risk regulation.FULL BIOGRAPHY
Education & Curriculum Vitae
J.D., Harvard Law School, 1998
B.A., Indiana University, 1995
- Climate Change and Animals
- Animal Law
- Constitutions and the Environment
- The Law of Climate Change
- Torts I
- Law, Environment and Religion: A Communion of Subjects
- Products Liability
Professor Douglas Kysar is Deputy Dean and Joseph M. Field ’55 Professor of Law at Yale Law School. His teaching and research areas include torts, animal law, environmental law, climate change, products liability, 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. He has published articles on a wide array of environmental law and tort law topics, and is co-author of two leading casebooks, The Torts Process (9th ed. 2017) and Products Liability: Problems and Process (8th ed. 2016). In addition to his many articles and chapters, Kysar’s monograph, Regulating from Nowhere: Environmental Law and the Search for Objectivity (Yale University Press, 2010), seeks to reinvigorate animal and environmental protection and by offering novel theoretical insights on standing and inclusion, cost-benefit analysis, the precautionary principle, and sustainable development.
Monday, December 30, 2019
Doug Kysar, Joseph M. Field ’55 Professor of Law and Faculty Co-Director of the YLS Law, Ethics & Animals Program, is quoted in article about the importance of climate lawsuits in courts around the globe.
Monday, December 16, 2019
Paul Rink ’19 speaks with Doug Kysar, Joseph M. Field ’55 Professor of Law and Faculty Co-Director of the YLS Law, Ethics & Animals Program, about the merits and potential of Juliana v. U.S. and other youth-based climate litigation.
Friday, December 13, 2019
Deputy Dean and Joseph M. Field ’55 Professor of Law Doug Kysar spoke with the Energy Tradeoffs podcast about the creativity of recent lawsuits aimed at holding companies and governments accountable for climate change.
Monday, November 18, 2019
In a recent podcast interview, LEAP Faculty Co-Directors Doug Kysar and Jon Lovvorn spoke about how animal law, industrialized cruelty, and climate change are inextricably entwined.
Monday, October 21, 2019
Deputy Dean and Joseph M. Field ’55 Professor of Law Doug Kysar is quoted in a Climate Liability News article about an appeal filed with the Supreme Court by Exxon and Suncor to prevent a climate liability suit filed by three Colorado municipalities.
Tuesday, October 1, 2019
Douglas Kysar, LEAP Faculty Co-Director and Joseph M. Field ’55 Professor of Law at Yale Law School, spoke at the 2019 Brooks Institute for Animal Rights Law & Policy Summit about the importance of grappling with questions about how our society uses laws and regulations to prevent, manage and respond to threats of harm to life.
Tuesday, September 3, 2019
A new initiative, the Law, Ethics & Animals Program (LEAP) will launch during the 2019–2020 academic year dedicated to drawing attention to the questions of conscience raised by human-animal relationships and developing new strategies to address industrialized animal cruelty.
Tuesday, August 6, 2019
Deputy Dean and Joseph M. Field ’55 Professor of Law Douglas Kysar is quoted about the New York attorney general’s litigation against Exxon.
Thursday, July 25, 2019
Douglas Kysar, LEAP Faculty Director and Joseph M. Field ’55 Professor of Law at Yale Law School, joined a class of Yale School of Management's Global Leadership: Big Issues course to discuss what it will mean to begin grappling with climate change in earnest.
Monday, June 17, 2019
Joseph M. Field ’55 Professor of Law Douglas Kysar is quoted in an article about about climate change science in lawsuits.
Friday, June 14, 2019
Douglas Kysar, Deputy Dean and Joseph M. Field ’55 Professor of Law, received one of the Yale School of Management’s 2018-19 MBA for Executives Teaching Awards.
Monday, December 11, 2017
Joseph M. Field ’55 Professor of Law Doug Kysar is a quoted in an article on the group of 21 youths who are suing the federal government over climate change.
Friday, June 23, 2017
Op-Ed Response: In ‘the Most Important Lawsuit on the Planet,’ Who Exactly Should the Ninth Circuit Rein In?—A Commentary by Douglas A. Kysar
Douglas Kysar is the Joseph M. Field ’55 Professor of Law at Yale Law School.
Sunday, June 11, 2017
Joseph M. Field ’55 Professor of Law Doug Kysar is quoted in an article about efforts by President Trump to quash a climate change lawsuit brought by 21 young people.
Thursday, May 25, 2017
Professor Doug Kysar has been selected as one of the winners of the Yale School of Management’s 2016-17 MBA for Executives Teaching Awards.
Tuesday, September 6, 2016
In the wake of the conclusion of the historic Paris Climate Change accords, Yale Law School Professors Harold Hongju Koh and Douglas A. Kysar asked Todd D. Stern to join them in teaching a Fall 2016 course at the Law School on The Past, Present and the Future of Global Climate Change: Law and Policy.
Thursday, July 23, 2015
This spring, Linda Sheehan, executive director of the Earth Law Center, visited a unique new class at Yale, “A Communion of Subjects: Law, Environment, and Religion,” a collaborative effort of the Law School, the School of Forestry & Environmental Studies (F&ES), and the Yale Divinity School (YDS).
Sunday, February 8, 2015
Joseph M. Field ’55 Professor of Law Douglas Kysar is quoted in an article about a program at Harvard Law School that employs an interdisciplinary approach to teaching.
Monday, October 8, 2012
The island nation of Palau, an environmental partner of YLS, has been named recipient of the World Future Council’s 2012 Future Policy Award.
Tuesday, June 5, 2012
Prof. Doug Kysar’s paper “What Climate Change Can Do About Tort Law” was featured in the 2011-2012 volume of the Environmental Law and Policy Annual Review.
Wednesday, October 13, 2010
Professor Doug Kysar will give his inaugural lecture as the Joseph M. Field ’55 Professor of Law on November 15, 2010.
Tuesday, March 2, 2010
Douglas Kysar has been named the Joseph M. Field ’55 Professor of Law at Yale Law School, and John Fabian Witt ’99 has been named the Allen H. Duffy Class of 1960 Professor of Law.