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Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Professor Doug Kysar to Discuss Climate Change in Joseph M. Field ’55 Inaugural Lecture


Professor Doug Kysar will present his inaugural lecture as the Joseph M. Field ’55 Professor of Law on Monday, November 15, at 4:30 p.m. in Room 127. His lecture is titled “Climate Change, Courts, and the Common Law.” It is free and open to the public. A reception will follow in the Alumni Reading Room.

“To date, scholars exploring the connection between climate change and tort law have tended to ask what the latter can do about the former,” said Professor Kysar. “With a few notable exceptions, they have answered, ‘Not much.’ This lecture will pose the inverse question: What can climate change do about tort law? As it turns out, the answer is, ‘Quite a bit.’”

Doug Kysar joined Yale Law School in 2008 and was named the Joseph M. Field ’55 Professor of Law in March 2010. He is also a Professor (by courtesy) at the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies. A leading scholar in the area of environmental law, he also teaches Torts, and Law & Globalization. He previously taught at Cornell University Law School for seven years and was a visiting professor at UCLA School of Law, Yale Law School, and Harvard Law School.

He has published numerous articles and several books, including Regulating from Nowhere: Environmental Law and the Search for Objectivity (2010), the subject of an American Constitution Society panel discussion in November; Economics of Environmental Law (2009); and The Torts Process (2007).

He earned a B.A. in philosophy summa cum laude from Indiana University and a J.D. magna cum laude from Harvard Law School. Following law school, he clerked for the Honorable William G. Young, Chief Judge for the U.S. District Court of Massachusetts, and practiced with Foley, Hoag, & Eliot in Boston before joining the faculty at Cornell.

The Joseph M. Field ’55 Professorship of Law was established in 2005 by a gift from Joseph M. Field ’55.