Jason J. Czarnezki

  • Professor of Law
  • Gilbert and Sarah Kerlin Distinguished Professor of Environmental Law, Associate Dean and Executive Director of Environmental Law Programs


BA, University of Chicago
JD, University of Chicago Law School

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Professor Jason J. Czarnezki holds the Gilbert and Sarah Kerlin Distinguished Professor of Environmental Law Chair and is Associate Dean and Executive Director of Environmental Law Programs at the Elisabeth Haub School of Law at Pace University.

Professor Czarnezki was invested as Kerlin Chair in 2013 to take on a senior leadership role in determining the strategic vision and initiatives of the Haub School of Law's top-ranked environmental program, and, in 2014, was appointed Executive Director of Environmental Law Programs at Haub Law to take on senior management and administrative responsibilities including developing program fundraising strategy; overseeing program staff; evaluating environmental faculty hiring needs; analyzing and managing program budget; assessing branding, communications and marketing needs; external and alumni relations; developing program offerings and activities; strengthening connections between the law school and environmental practitioners; and expanding career experiential opportunities for Program graduates. As Executive Director, he coordinates the work of Haub Law's Global Center for Environmental Legal Studies, Energy and Climate Center, Land Use Center for Sustainable Development, Environmental Litigation Clinic, and Brazil-American Institute for Law and Environment, as well as work with the University’s Pace Academy for Applied Environmental Studies and Environmental Studies Department. Professor Czarnezki also oversees Haub Law's JD Certificate in Environmental Law; LLM degree in Environmental Law with specializations in Climate Change, Global Law, and Land Use and Sustainable Development; SJD degree in Environmental Law; Haub Law's joint degree graduate environmental programs with Yale, Bard, Dyson College, and Lubin School of Business; Haub Law's Visiting Assistant Professor in Environmental Law Program; Future Environmental Law Professors Workshop; National Environmental Law Moot Court Competition; and Distinguished Environmental Law Scholar Award process.

Prior to joining the Haub School of Law faculty, Professor Czarnezki was Professor of Law in the Environmental Law Center at Vermont Law School, Faculty Director of the U.S.-China Partnership for Environmental Law, and a Faculty Fellow in the Vermont Law Center for Agriculture and Food Systems. He has also held academic appointments at Marquette University Law School and the DePaul University College of Law.  Pursuing interests in comparative and global environmental law and politics, Professor Czarnezki served as a Guest Researcher and Uppsala Forum Visiting Fellow at Uppsala University in Sweden and as a J. William Fulbright Scholar at Sun Yat-sen University in Guangzhou, China. He is also currently an Honorary Research Associate at Oxford University's Environmental Change Institute, and a Visiting Professor at the Yale School of  Forestry and Environmental Studies. He has presented his work on environmentalism, natural resources law, food policy, and global climate policy at universities, public interest organizations, government institutions, and conferences throughout the United States, Europe and Asia.

Previously, he served as a law clerk to the Honorable D. Brock Hornby of the U.S. District Court for the District of Maine and as a law clerk for the Bureau of Legal Services at the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources. His articles have been published in the law journals of Boston College, Boston University, Stanford University, University of Chicago, University of Colorado, University of Maryland, and University of Virginia. His books include "Everyday Environmentalism: Law, Nature and Individual Behavior" (2011) and "Food, Agriculture and Environmental Law" (2013). Professor Czarnezki received his undergraduate and law degrees from the University of Chicago.



EVERYDAY ENVIRONMENTALISM: LAW, NATURE & INDIVIDUAL BEHAVIOR (Environmental Law Institute Press / Island Press 2011) 3 Reviewed by Oxford University Press Journal of Environmental Law, describing it as a "fascinating volume," and "excellent, provocative book." 24 Journal Environmental Law 178 (2012).

FOOD, AGRICULTURE POLICY, AND THE ENVIRONMENT: HISTORY, LAW & PROPOSALS FOR REFORM (with Mary Jane Angelo and William S. Eubanks) (Environmental Law Institute Press 2013)


New York City Rules! Regulatory Models for Environmental and Public Health, 66 HASTINGS LAW JOURNAL 1621 (2015)

The Neo-Liberal Turn in Environmental Regulation, __ UTAH LAW REVIEW __ (2015)

A Primer: Air and Water Environmental  Quality Standards in the United States (with Sir Tip Lam and Nadia B. Ahmad), 40  WILLIAM & MARY ENVIRONMENTAL LAW AND POLICY REVIEW 115 (2015)

Creating Order Amidst Food Eco-Label Chaos (with Andrew Homan and Meghan Jeans), 25 DUKE ENVIRONMENTAL LAW AND POLICY FORUM 281 (2015)

Self-Declared Seafood Eco-labels (with Andrew Homan and Meghan Jeans), 28 TULANE ENVIRONMENTAL LAW JOURNAL 37 (2014)

Challenges and Solutions: China’s Natural Resource Conservation & Biodiversity Legislation (with Yu Wenxuan), 43 ENVIRONMENTAL LAW 125 (2013)

Global Environmental Law: Food Safety & China (with Cameron Field and Yanmei Lin), 25 Georgetown INTERNATIONAL ENVIRONMENTAL LAW REVIEW 261 (2013)

Food Court, 30 THE ENVIRONMENTAL LAW FORUM 32 (2013)

Climate Policy & U.S.-China Relations, 12 VERMONT JOURNAL OF ENVIRONMENTAL LAW 659 (2011)

Everyday Environmentalism: Concerning Consumption, 41 ENVIRONMENTAL LAW REPORTER 10374 (2011), republished in THE ENVIRONMENTAL LAW FORUM (2011)

Food, Law & the Environment: Informational and Structural Changes for a Sustainable Food System, 31 UTAH ENVIRONMENTAL LAW REVIEW 263 (2011)

The Future of Food Eco-Labeling: Organic, Carbon Footprint, and Environmental Life-Cycle Analysis, 30 STANFORD ENVIRONMENTAL LAW JOURNAL 3 (2011)

The Ideology of Legal Interpretation (with Sara C. Benesh), Symposium Issue on Empirical Research on Decision-making in the Federal Courts, 29 WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY JOURNAL OF LAW & POLICY 113 (2009)

Working Class Judges (with William Henderson & Christopher Zorn), 88 BOSTON UNIVERSITY LAW REVIEW 829 (2008)

An Empirical Investigation of Judicial Decisionmaking, Statutory Interpretation & the Chevron Doctrine in Environmental Law, 79 UNIVERSITY OF COLORADO LAW REVIEW 767 (2008)

An Empirical Investigation of the Confirmation Hearings of the Justices of the Rehnquist Court (with William K. Ford & Lori A. Ringhand), Symposium: The Rehnquist Court in Empirical and Statistical Retrospective, 24 CONSTITUTIONAL COMMENTARY 127 (2008) (faculty-edited journal)

Environmentalism & The Wisconsin Constitution, Symposium Issue on the Wisconsin Constitution Conference, 90 MARQUETTE LAW REVIEW 465 (2007) (invited submission), reprinted in ICFAI JOURNAL OF ENVIRONMENTAL LAW, ENVIRONMENTAL REGULATION AND POLICY (ICFAI University Press, India, 2008), and ENVIRONMENT AND PUBLIC TRUST DOCTRINE: ISSUES AND PERSPECTIVES (ICFAI University Press, India, 2009)

Advancing the Rebirth of Environmental Common Law (with Mark L. Thomsen), 34 BOSTON COLLEGE ENVIRONMENTAL AFFAIRS LAW REVIEW 1 (2007), reprinted in ENVIRONMENTAL LAW: PRINCIPLES AND DOCTRINE and PUBLIC NUISANCE AND ENVIRONMENTAL LAW (ICFAI University Press, India, 2008, 2009)

The Phantom Philosophy? An Empirical Investigation of Legal Interpretation (with William K. Ford), 65 MARYLAND LAW REVIEW 841 (2006)

Shifting Science, Considered Costs, and Static Statutes: The Interpretation of Expansive Environmental Legislation, 24 VIRGINIA ENVIRONMENTAL LAW JOURNAL 395 (2006), reprinted in ENVIRONMENTAL REGULATION and POLICIES AND INTERPRETATION OF STATUTES (AMICUS Books, ICFAI University Press, India 2008)

Revisiting the Tense Relationship Between the U.S. Supreme Court, Administrative Procedure and the National Environmental Policy Act, 25 STANFORD ENVIRONMENTAL LAW JOURNAL 3 (2006), reprinted in ENVIRONMENTAL JURISPRUDENCE: COUNTRY PERSPECTIVES (ICFAI University Press, India, 2007)

An Empirical Analysis of Dissensus on the United States Courts of Appeals (with William K. Ford), Marquette Law School Legal Studies Paper No. 06-31, First Annual Conference on Empirical Legal Studies Paper, http://ssrn.com/abstract=914409 The Utility of Nonuse Values in Natural Resource Damage Assessments (with Adrianne K. Zahner), 32 BOSTON COLLEGE ENVIRONMENTAL AFFAIRS LAW REVIEW 509 (2005)

Voting and Electoral Politics in the Wisconsin Supreme Court, 87 MARQUETTE LAW REVIEW 323 (2003)

Defining the Project Purpose under NEPA: Promoting Consideration of Viable EIS Alternatives, 70 UNIVERSITY OF CHICAGO LAW REVIEW 599 (2003)