UCLA Law is thrilled to announce that Ted Parson, — currently Joseph L. Sax Collegiate Professor of Law and Professor of Natural Resources and Environment at the University of Michigan — will join its faculty effective July 1. Parson is one of the world’s leading experts on international environmental law and policy and the author of two significant books on the topic, The Science and Politics of Global Climate Change and Protecting the Ozone Layer: Science and Strategy. Parson has frequently lent his significant expertise to national and international organizations studying climate change and other global environmental problems, including the National Academy of Sciences, the U.S. Global Change Research Program and the Synthesis Team for the U.S. National Assessment of Climate Impacts. He also serves on the National Advisory Board of the Union of Concerned Scientists.
In addition to Parson’s books, his work has appeared in leading publications including Science, Nature, The Annual Review of Energy and the Environment and Issues in Science and Technology. He has consulted for numerous governmental and quasi-governmental agencies including the White House Office of Science and Technology, the United Nations Environment Program and the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis. He holds a degree in Physics from the University of Toronto, a degree in Management Science from the University of British Columbia, and a Ph.D in Public Policy from Harvard. He spent 12 years on the Kennedy School faculty at Harvard before joining the University of Michigan.
At UCLA Law, in addition to teaching and writing, Ted will play an active role in co-leading the Emmett Center on Climate Change and the Environment. He adds to UCLA Law’s already considerable strength in environmental law and policy, joining Professors Ann Carlson, Tim Malloy, Kal Raustiala, Jonathan Zasloff, Environmental Law Center Executive Director Sean Hecht, and Emmett Center Andrew Sabin Family Foundation Executive Director Cara Horowitz. Parson will also participate in the UCLA Institute of the Environment and Sustainability, teaching IOES students and participating in the IOES’s robust interdisciplinary research program.