Jody Freeman

Archibald Cox Professor of Law

Director, Environmental Law Program


Jody Freeman, the Archibald Cox Professor of Law, is a leading scholar of administrative law & regulation and environmental law and the founding director of the Harvard Law School Environmental Law and Policy Program. Her new book, GLOBAL CLIMATE CHANGE AND U.S. LAW (co-edited with Michael Gerrard) and her most recent article, Old Statutes, New Problems (co-authored with David Spence), will be published in 2014 . Professor Freeman served in the White House as Counselor for Energy and Climate Change in 2009-10.  In that role, she contributed to a variety of policy initiatives on greenhouse gas regulation, renewable energy, energy efficiency, transmission policy, oil and gas drilling, and comprehensive energy and climate legislation to put a market-based cap on carbon. Freeman led the White house effort on the Obama Administration's landmark fuel efficiency standards and negotiated the historic agreement among the federal government, the auto industry and the states, to set the first federal greenhouse gas emission standards and the most ambitious fuel efficiency standards in U.S. history. These standards launched the Administration's climate program. After leaving the administration, Freeman served as an independent consultant to the President's bipartisan Commission on the BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill. She has been appointed to the Administrative Conference of the United States, the government think tank for improving the administrative and regulatory process,. In 2011, she was elected to the American College of Environmental Lawyers. In 2012 Professor Freeman was elected as an outside director of ConocoPhillips, where she serves on the public policy and compensation committees. She has written for the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and Los Angeles Times.

Professor Freeman's areas of interest are Aministrative Law and Regulation, Environmental Law and Policy, Climate Change, Energy Law and Regulation, Executive Power, Delegation and Principal-Agent Theory and Governance Theory.

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