Hari M. Osofsky

Dean Hari M. Osofsky
Distinguished Professor of Law
Professor of Geography and International Affairs
(814) 863-1521

Ph.D., University of Oregon
J.D., Yale University
B.A., Yale University
Curriculum Vitae

Dr. Hari M. Osofsky is dean of the Penn State School of International Affairs and Penn State Law, and Distinguished Professor of Law, professor of international affairs, and professor of geography. Prior to joining Penn State, Dean Osofsky was the Robins Kaplan Professor of Law; the faculty director of the Energy Transition Lab; and the director of the Joint Degree Program in Law, Science, and Technology at the University of Minnesota Law School.

In addition to her leadership roles at the University of Minnesota, she has served as president of the Association for Law, Property, and Society; chair of the American Association of Law School’s Section on Property; and a member of the Executive Council of the American Society of International Law and the International Law Association’s Committee on the Legal Principles of Climate Change. She also is a member of the Board of Governors of the Society of American Law Teachers, the International Bar Association’s Model Statute on Climate Change Remedies Working Group, and the editorial board of Climate Law. She has been awarded the Association for Law, Property and Society’s Distinguished Service Award.

Dean Osofsky’s over 50 publications focus on improving governance and addressing injustice in energy and climate change regulation. Her scholarship includes books with Cambridge University Press on climate change litigation, textbooks on both energy and climate change law, and articles in leading law and geography journals. Dean Osofsky’s article on governance and the BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill was selected for inclusion in Land Use and Environment Law Review’s annual compilation of the top land use and environmental law articles, and she has been awarded the Daniel B. Luten Award for the best paper by a professional geographer by the Energy and Environment Specialty Group of the Association of American Geographers. Dean Osofsky also has collaborated extensively with business, government, and nonprofit leaders to make bipartisan progress on these issues through her leadership roles and teaching.

Dean Osofsky received a Ph.D. in geography from the University of Oregon and a J.D. from Yale Law School, where she was honored with the Felix S. Cohen Prize and Khosla Memorial Fund Prize, and also served as book reviews editor for the Yale Law Journal, co-founder and co-editor-in-chief of the Yale Human Rights and Development Law Journal, and director of the Lowenstein International Human Rights Project.

After clerking for Judge Dorothy Nelson of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, she worked as a fellow at Center for the Law in the Public Interest in Los Angeles, pursuing public interest impact litigation with a focus on environmental justice. During the 2001-02 academic year, she served as a Yale-China Legal Education Fellow and visiting scholar at Zhongshan University in Guangzhou, China, teaching U.S. civil rights law and working collaboratively with her Chinese colleagues to launch the school’s first legal clinic.

Prior to joining the University of Minnesota, Dean Osofsky served on the faculties of Washington and Lee University School of Law, the University of Oregon School of Law, and Whittier Law School. She also was a nonresidential fellow with the Carnegie Council for Ethics and International Affairs during the 2003-04 academic year.


American Classics in International Law: International Environmental Law (Hari M. Osofsky ed.) (Edited Volume in American Classics of International Law Series, edited by W. Michael Reisman) (forthcoming 2018, Brill).

Jacqueline Peel & Hari M. Osofsky, Climate Change Litigation: Regulatory Pathways to Cleaner Energy? (2015, Cambridge University Press).

Lincoln L. Davies, Alexandra B. Klass, Hari M. Osofsky, Joe Tomain & Elizabeth Wilson, Energy Law and Policy (2014, West Academic Publishers) (Second edition forthcoming in 2018).

Hari M. Osofsky & Lesley K. McAllister, Climate Change Law and Policy (Elective Series) (2012, Aspen Publishers).

Adjudicating Climate Change: State, National, and International Approaches (William C.G. Burns & Hari M. Osofsky, eds.) (2009, Cambridge University Press).

Articles in Law Reviews and Interdisciplinary Peer-Review Journals

Jacqueline Peel, Hari M. Osofsky & Anita C. Foerster, Shaping the ‘Next Generation’ of Climate Change Litigation in Australia, Melbourne Univ. L. Rev. (forthcoming 2018).

Jacqueline Peel & Hari M. Osofsky, Rights Turn in Climate Change Litigation?, Transnational Envtl. L. 1-31 (2017).

Anita C. Foerster, Jacqueline Peel, Hari M. Osofsky & Brett McDonnell, Keeping Good Company in the Transition to a Low Carbon Economy? An Evaluation of Climate Risk Disclosure Practices in Australia, 65 Company & Sec. L.J. 695 (2017).

Hari M. Osofsky & Jacqueline Peel, Energy Partisanship, 65 Emory L.J. 695 (2016).

Hari M. Osofsky, Jessica Shadian & Sara L. Fechtelkotter, Arctic Energy Cooperation, 49 U.C. Davis L. Rev. 1431 (2016).

Hannah J. Wiseman & Hari M. Osofsky, Regional Energy Governance and U.S. Carbon Emissions43 Ecol. L. Q. 143 (2016).

Jacqueline Peel & Hari M. Osofsky, Sue to Adapt, 99 Minn. L. Rev. 2133 (2015).

Hari M. Osofsky, Rethinking the Geography of Local Climate Action: Multi-Level Network Participation in Metropolitan Regions, 2015 Utah L. Rev. 173.

Hari M. Osofsky & Hannah J. Wiseman, Hybrid Energy Governance2014 Ill. L. REV. 1.

Hari M. Osofsky & Jacqueline Peel, Litigation’s Regulatory Pathways and the Administrative State: Lessons from U.S. and Australian Climate Change Governance, 25 Georgetown Int’l Envtl L. Rev. 207 (2013).

Jacqueline Peel & Hari M. Osofsky, The Role of Litigation in Multilevel Climate Change Governance: Possibilities for a Lower Carbon Future?, 30 Envt’l & Planning L.J. 303 (2013) (accepted through peer review).

Jacqueline Peel & Hari M. Osofsky, Climate Change Litigation’s Regulatory Pathways: A Comparative Analysis of the United States and Australia, 35 L. & Pol’y 150 (2013) (accepted through peer review).

Hari M. Osofsky & Hannah J. Wiseman, Dynamic Energy Federalism, 72 MARYLAND L. REV. 773 (2013).

Hari M. Osofsky, Suburban Climate Change Efforts: Possibilities for Small and Nimble Cities Participating in State, Regional, National, and International Networks, 22 Cornell J. L. & Pub. Pol’y 35 (2012).

Hari M. Osofsky, Kate Baxter-Kauf, Bradley Hammer, Ann Mailander, Brett Mares, Amy Pikovsky, Andrew Whitney & Laura Wilson, Environmental Justice and the BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill,  20 N.Y.U. Envt’l L.J. 99 (2012).

Hari M. Osofsky, Multidimensional Governance and the BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill, 63 Florida L. Rev 1077 (2011) (selected for Land Use and Environment Law Review’s compilation of the top land use and environmental law articles).

Hari M. Osofsky, The Role of Climate Change Litigation in Establishing the Scale of Energy Regulation, 101 Annals Assoc. Am. Geographers 775 (2011) (accepted through peer review process for special issue on Energy).

Hari M. Osofsky, Diagonal Federalism and Climate Change: Implications for the Obama Administration, 62 Alabama L. Rev. 237 (2011) (winner of the Association of American Geographers’ Climate Specialty Group’s Student Paper Competition).

Hari M. Osofsky, Climate Change and Environmental Justice: Reflections on Litigation over Oil Extraction and Rights Violations in Nigeria, 1 Journal of Human Rights and the Environment 189 (2010) (solicited; accepted through peer review process).

Hari M. Osofsky, The Continuing Importance of Climate Change Litigation, 1 Climate Law 3 (2010) (solicited; accepted through peer review process as lead article of inaugural journal issue).

Hari M. Osofsky, Is Climate Change “International”?: Litigation’s Diagonal Regulatory Role, 49 Va. J. Int’l L. 585 (2009).

Hari M. Osofsky, The Geography of Justice Wormholes: Dilemmas from Property and Criminal Law, 53 Villanova L. Rev. 117 (2008).

Hari M Osofsky, The Geography of Climate Change Litigation Part II: Narratives of Massachusetts v. EPA, 8 Chicago J. Int’l L. 573 (2008) (awarded the Daniel B. Luten Award for the best paper by a professional geographer by the Energy and Environment Specialty Group of the Association of American Geographers).

Hari M. Osofsky & Janet Koven Levit, The Scale of Networks: Local Climate Change Coalitions, 8 Chicago J. Int’l L. 409 (2008).

Hari M. Osofsky, Climate Change Litigation as Pluralist Legal Dialogue?, 26 Stanford Envtl. L.J. & 43 Stanford J. Int’l L. 181 (2007) (Joint Issue) (runner-up for Land Use and Environment Law Review’s compilation of the top land use and environmental law articles).

Hari M. Osofsky, A Law and Geography Perspective on the New Haven School, 32 Yale J. Int’l L. 421 (2007) (selected for Yale Journal of International Law Young Scholars Conference).

Hari M. Osofsky, The Geography of Climate Change Litigation: Implications for Transnational Regulatory Governance, 83 Wash. U. L.Q. 1789 (2005) (runner-up for Land Use and Environment Law Review’s compilation of the top land use and environmental law articles).

Hari M. Osofsky, Learning from Environmental Justice: A New Model for International Environmental Rights, 24 Stanford Envtl. L.J. 71 (2005).

Book Chapters

Hari M. Osofsky, Polycentrism and Climate Change in Encyclopedia of Environmental Law (Daniel Farber & Marjan Peeters, eds.) (2016, Edward Elgar Publishing).

Hari M. Osofsky, Jessica Shadian & Sara L. Fechtelkotter, Preventing and Responding to Arctic Offshore Drilling Disasters: The Role of Hybrid Cooperationin Role of International Environmental Law in Disaster Risk Reduction (Jacqueline Peel & David Fisher, eds) (2016, Brill Publishers).

Hari M. Osofsky & Hannah J. Wiseman, Federalism, Institutional Design, and Environmental Compliance Possibilities for Hybrid Mechanismsin Next Generation Environmental Compliance and Enforcement (2014, Environmental Law Institute).

Hari M. Osofsky, Complexities of Addressing the Impacts of Climate Change on Indigenous Peoples through International Law Petitions: A Case Study of the Inuit Petition to the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights in Climate Change, Indigenous Peoples and the Search for Legal Remedies (Randall S. Abate and Elizabeth Kronk, eds.) (2012, Edward Elgar Publishing).

Hari M. Osofsky, Suburban Climate Change Efforts in Minnesota: Implications for Multi-Level Strategiesin Local Climate Change Law: Environmental Regulation in Cities and Other Localities (Benjamin R. Richardson, ed.) (2012, Edward Elgar Publishing).

Hari M. Osofsky, Dispute Resolution Processesin International Law in the Era of Climate Change (Rosemary Rayfuse & Shirley V. Scott, eds.) (2012, Edward Elgar Publishing).

Hari M. Osofsky, The Creation of the International Law of Climate Change Complexities of Sub-State Actorsin Non State Actors, Soft Law and Protective Regimes 355 (Cecilia M. Bailliet, ed.) (2012, Cambridge University Press).

Hari M. Osofsky, Technology Transfer and Climate Changein Sustainable Technology Transfer: A Guide to Global Development (Hans Henrik Lidgard, Jeffery Atik & Tu Thanh Nguyen, eds.) (2011, Edward Elgar Publishing).

Hari M. Osofsky, The Intersection of Scale, Science, and Law in Massachusetts v. EPA, 9 Oregon R. Int’l L. 233 (2007) (actual publication 2008) (Symposium Issue) (reprinted in Adjudicating Climate Change: State, National, and International Approaches (William C.G. Burns & Hari M. Osofsky, eds.) (2009, Cambridge University Press)).

Hari M. Osofsky, The Right to Frozen Water: The Institutional Spaces for Supranational Climate Change Petitions, in Progress in International Institutions: Confronting the 21st Century (Rebecca Bratspies and Russell Miller, eds.) (2008, Martinus Nijhoff).

Hari M. Osofsky, The Inuit Petition as a Bridge?: Beyond Dialectics of Climate Change and Indigenous Peoples’ Rights, 31 Am. Indian L. Rev. 675 (2007) (Symposium Issue) (reprinted in Adjudicating Climate Change: State, National, and International Approaches (William C.G. Burns & Hari M. Osofsky, eds.) (2009, Cambridge University Press)).

Shorter Symposium Articles and Book Reviews

Jacqueline Peel & Hari M. Osofsky, The Grass Is Not Always Greener: Congressional Dysfunction, Executive Action, and Climate Change in Comparative Perspective, 91 Chicago-Kent L. Rev.139 (2016) (Symposium Issue).

Hari M. Osofsky, Complex Value Choices at the Environment-Energy Interface, 3 Mich. J. Envtl. & Admin L. 261 (2014) (Symposium Issue).

Hari M. Osofsky, The Geography of Solving “Global” Environmental Problems: Reflections on Polycentric Efforts to Address Climate Change, 58 N.Y.L. Sch. L. Rev. 777 (2013-14) (Symposium Issue).

Hari M. Osofsky, Mapping International Environmental Law: A Review of The Oxford Handbook of International Environmental Law (Daniel Bodansky, Jutta Brunée & Ellen Hey, eds., 2007), 106 Am. J. Int’l L. 715 (2012).

Hari M. Osofsky, Keith Aoki--Darth Remainder, Duck, and Ninja for Social Justice: A Model of Being There for People in Moments of Vulnerability, 45 U.C. Davis L. Rev. 1699 (2012).

Hari M. Osofsky, The Geography of Moo Ha Ha: Keith Aoki’s Contributions to Critical Geography, 90 Or. L. Rev. 1233 (2012).

Hari M. Osofsky, Litigation’s Role in the Path of U.S. Federal Climate Change Regulation: Implications of AEP v. Connecticut, 46 Valparaiso U. L. Rev. 447 (2012).

Hari M. Osofsky, Climate Change and Crises of International Law: Possibilities for Geographic Reenvisioning, 44 Case W. Res. J. Int’l L.  423 (2011).

Hari M. Osofsky, AEP v. Connecticut’s Implications for the Future of Climate Change Litigation, Yale L.J. Online (2011).

Hari M. Osofsky, Multiscalar Governance and Climate Change: Reflections on the Role of States and Cities at Copenhagen, 25 Maryland J. Int’l L. 64 (2010).

Hari M. Osofsky, The Future of Environmental Law and Complexities of Scale: Federalism Experiments with Climate Change under the Clean Air Act, 32 Wash. U. J.L. & Pol’y 79 (2010).

Hari M. Osofsky, Scaling “Local”: The Implications of Greenhouse Gas Regulation in San Bernardino County, 30 Mich. J. Int’l L. 689 (2009).

Hari M. Osofsky, Climate Change Legislation in Context, 102 Nw. U. L. Rev. Colloquy 245 (2008).

Hari M. Osofsky, Local Approaches to Transnational Corporate Responsibility: Mapping the Role of Sub-National Climate Change Litigation, 20 Pac. McGeorge Global Bus. & Dev. L.J. 143 (2007) (Symposium Issue).

Hari M. Osofsky, The Geography of the North American Commission for Environmental Cooperation's Citizen Submissions Process: Mapping the State-Corporate Regulatory Dynamic, 14 Mich. St. J. Int’l L. 463 (2006).

Hari M. Osofsky, Defining Sustainable Development After Earth Summit 2002, 26 Loyola L.A. Int’l & Comp. 111 (2003).

Student Publications

Hari M. Osofsky, Domesticating International Criminal Law: Providing Justice Against Severe Human Rights Violators, 107 Yale L.J. 191 (1997) (Student Note) (reprinted in Library of Essays in International Law: Jurisdiction in International Law (1999)).

Hari M. Osofsky, Environmental Human Rights Under the Alien Tort Claims Act: Redress for Indigenous Victims of Multinational Corporations, 20 Suffolk Transnat’l L. Rev. 335 (1997).

Hari M. Osofsky, Foreign Sovereign Immunity from Severe Human Rights Violations: New Directions for Common Law Based Approaches, 11 New York Int'l L. Rev. 35 (1997).

Other Writing

Hari Osofsky, Environment: Law for a Health Planet, Book Review of Client Earth by James Thornton & Martin Goodman, Nature, May 17, 2017.

Hari Osofsky & Hannah Wiseman, The Pull of Energy Markets – and Legal Challenges – Will Blunt Plan to Roll Back EPA Carbon Rule, The Conversation, Oct. 13, 2017.

Guest Blogger, Opinio Juris, (2015) (on Paris climate change negotiations).

Blogger, IntLawGrrls, (2007–2013).

Blogger, SALTLaw Blog, (2010–2013).

Blogger, Environmental Law Prof Blog, (2011–2013).

Hari M. Osofsky, A Win for Oregon As Well As the Law, The Oregonian, April 5, 2007 (Opinion-Editorial).

Hari M. Osofsky, Transporting Climate Change: The Local Dimensions of a Global Environmental Problem, The Next American City (2006).

Hari M. Osofsky, Katrina Disaster Exposes Environmental Injustice, The Register-Guard, Sept. 7, 2005 (Opinion-Editorial).

Hari M. Osofsky, Commentary on How to Harmonize Community Autonomy and Administrative Responsibility in Environmental Decision-Making: Environmental Hearing Institutions in Wuhan, 24 Temple Env. L. & Tech. J. 225 (2005).

2 Human Rights Dialogue 11 (Joanne Bauer & Hari M. Osofsky, eds.) (Carnegie Council on Ethics and International Affairs, 2004).

Hari M. Osofsky, Environmental Rights Enforcement in U.S. Courts, Human Rights Dialogue (2004).

Hari M. Osofsky, Understanding "Hostage Diplomacy": The Release of Wei Jingsheng and Wang Dan, Yale Hum. Rts. & Devel. L.J. (1998) (New Development).

Hari M. Osofsky, On-Site Reflections of China's Hong Kong Takeover, The Times-Picayune, at B-7, July 17, 1997 (Opinion-Editorial).