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James Salzman

Jim Salzman

Bren Distinguished Professor of Environmental Law

Environmental Law

Bren Hall 4418



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 12 books and more than 100 articles and book chapters, his broad-ranging scholarship has addressed topics spanning drinking water, trade and environment conflicts, ownership engineering, 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 100,000 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 two decades. He frequently appears as a media commentator and has lectured on environmental policy on every continent. Active in government policy debates, he has served 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 book, Drinking Water: A History, was praised as a “Recommended Read” by Scientific American and is now in paperback in its second edition. His bestseller, Mine!: How the Hidden Rules of Ownership Control Our Lives, was published by Doubleday Press in 2021 and featured in The New Yorker, New York Times, Forbes, Washington Post and other media.

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