Faculty - James Salzman

James Salzman, Professor Environmental Law
MSc, Engineering Sciences, Harvard University; JD cum laude, Harvard University; BA, History, Yale College

Jim Salzman is the Donald Bren Distinguished Professor of Environmental Law with joint appointments at the Bren School and UCLA Law School. In 9 books and more than 90 articles and book chapters, his broad-ranging scholarship has addressed topics spanning drinking water, trade and environment conflicts, policy instrument design, and the legal and institutional issues in creating markets for ecosystem services. A 2012 study by Phillips and Yoo ranked him as the fifth most cited environmental law professor. There have been over 90,000 downloads of his articles. A dedicated classroom teacher, Salzman was twice selected as Professor of the Year by students at Duke, where he held chairs in the Law School and the Nicholas School of the Environment. He helped develop the environmental law curriculum at the Bren School and has taught the popular core course in that subject for over a decade. He frequently appears as a media commentator and has lectured on environmental policy on every continent except Antarctica. Active in government policy debates, he serves on both the National Drinking Water Advisory Council (reporting to the EPA) and the Trade and Environment Policy Advisory Committee (reporting to the EPA and USTR). He has served as a visiting law professor at Columbia, Harvard, Stanford, and Yale as well as at universities in Australia, China, Israel, Italy, Portugal, and Sweden. His most recent book, Drinking Water: A History, was praised as a “Recommended Read” by Scientific American and is in its second edition.

Contact Information:
Office: Bren Hall 4418
Phone: 805-893-3560
Fax: 805-893-7612

Bren Courses Taught



ESM 207

Environmental Law and Policy

ESM 297 Advanced Topics in Environmental Law

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