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About Hari Osofsky

Hari M. Osofsky is dean of Penn State Law and the Penn State School of International Affairs 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.


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