Jason J. Czarnezki

  • Associate Dean of Environmental Law Programs and Strategic Initiatives
  • Gilbert and Sarah Kerlin Distinguished Professor of Environmental Law
  • Faculty Director, Sustainable Business Law Hub
  • International Law Faculty Scholar


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

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

Prior to joining the Pace Law faculty in 2013, Professor Czarnezki was formerly Professor of Law in the Environmental Law Center at Vermont Law School and director of the U.S.-China Partnership for Environmental Law. He has also held academic appointments at Marquette University Law School and DePaul University College of Law, and the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies. He also served as a J. William Fulbright Scholar at Sun Yat-sen University in Guangzhou, China. Professor Czarnezki was formerly Honorary Research Associate at Oxford University's Environmental Change Institute (UK), Visiting Fellow at Uppsala Universitet Faculty of Law (Sweden), and Fellow at the University of Tromsø - The Arctic University of Norway. For 2020, Professor Czarnezki was named, by the Swedish National Research Council, the Olof Palme Visiting Professor at Stockholm University.

He has presented his work on natural resources law, environmentalism, food policy, sustainable public procurement, private environmental governance, 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 and his PhD in Environmental Law from Uppsala University in Sweden. 






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)

Book Chapters:

What is Life Cycle Costing? (with Steven Van Garsse) in COST AND EU PUBLIC PROCUREMENT LAW: LIFE-CYCLE COSTING FOR SUSTAINABILITY (Routledge Press) (2019)

EU and US Discretion in Public Procurement Law: The Role of Eco-Labels and Life-Cycle Costing in DISCRETION IN EUPUBLIC PROCUREMENT LAW (Hart Publishing 2019)

Eco-Labelling (with Margot Pollans and Sarah Main) in OXFORD HANDBOOK ON COMPARATIVE ENVIRONMENTAL LAW (Oxford University Press 2019)

President Trump, The New Chicago School, & The Future of Environmental Law and Scholarship (with Sarah Schindler) (Cambridge University Press) (2018)

Informational and Structural Changes for a Sustainable Food System in FROM FARM-TO-FORK (Akron Press 2016)


Sustainable Business Law? The Key Role of Corporate Governance and Finance (with Colin Myers), ___
ENVIRONMENTAL LAW ___ (forthcoming 2021)

Global Peace and Security without a Healthy Environment?, 4 JURIDISK TIDSKRIFT 785 (Stockholm University 2020)

Introducing mandatory sustainability requirements in the EU public procurement directives in SUSTAINABILITY THROUGH PUBLIC PROCUREMENT: THE WAY FORWARD – REFORM PROPOSALS (University of Copenhagen 2020)

Life Cycle Costing and Food Systems: Concepts, Trends, and Challenges of Impact Valuation (with Katherine Fiedler and Steven Lord), 8 MICHIGAN JOURNAL OF ENVIRONMENTAL AND ADMINISTRATIVE LAW 1 (2018)

Crafting Next Generation Eco-Label Policy in Environmental Law (with Katrina Fischer Kuh & K. Ingemar Jönsson), 48 ENVIRONMENTAL LAW 409 (2018)

The Neoliberal Turn in Environmental Regulation (with Katherine Fiedler), 2016 UTAH LAW REVIEW 1 (2016)

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)

Essays & Op-Eds:

Lessons from the climate and COVID-19 crises, THE HILL (April 9, 2020)

Benefits from Nature are Not a Private Thing (with Johan Elmberg and Magnus Tuvendal), EARTHDESK (October 19, 2016)

It’s Time for the FDA to Define ‘Natural’ (with Paul Greenberg), TIME (May 4, 2016)

Boom to Bust: China, the U.S. and the Environment, HUFFPOST GREEN (January 18, 2012)

Are Food Imports from China Safe?, VTDIGGER (November 11, 2011)

Genetically Engineered Salmon Needn't Be Mystery Meat for Consumers (with Emily Montgomery), HUFFPOST GREEN (July 22, 2011)

Supreme Court Reviews Genetically Modified Crops (with Holli Brown), VERMONT LAW TOP 10 ENVIRONMENTAL WATCH LIST 2011

The Dubitante Opinion, 39 AKRON LAW REVIEW 1 (2006)

A Call for Change: Improving Judicial Selection Methods, 89 MARQUETTE LAW REVIEW 169 (2005)