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James Salzman

Samuel F. Mordecai Professor of Law and Professor of Environmental Policy
Duke University
School of Law
Durham, NC 27708

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  • Harvard Graduate School of Arts and Sciences. M.Sc., Engineering Sciences 1990
  • Harvard Law School. J.D., Cum Laude 1989
  • Yale College. B.A., Magna Cum Laude with Distinction in History 1985


Jim Salzman holds joint appointments at Duke as the Samuel Fox Mordecai Professor of Law at the Law School and as the Nicholas Institute Professor of Environmental Policy at the Nicholas School of the Environment & Earth Sciences. In more than fifty articles and five books, his broad-ranging scholarship has addressed topics spanning trade and environment conflicts, the history of drinking water, environmental protection in the service economy, wetlands mitigation banking, and the legal and institutional issues in creating markets for ecosystem services. A popular classroom teacher, Professor Salzman was voted by Nicholas School students as Professor of the Year in 2007 and has lectured on environmental policy in North and South America, Europe, Asia, Australia and Africa. He has served as a visiting professor at Yale, Harvard, and Stanford Universities, as well as at Macquarie (Australia), Lund (Sweden), and Tel Aviv (Israel) Universities.

An honors graduate of Yale College and Harvard University, Professor Salzman was the first Harvard graduate to earn joint degrees in law and engineering and was named a Sheldon Fellow upon graduation. Prior to entering academia, he worked in Paris in the Environment Directorate of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) and in London as the European Environmental Manager for Johnson Wax. His honors include election as a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society in 1995, and appointments as a McMaster Fellow and Fulbright Senior Scholar in Australia in 2002-2003 and as a Bren Fellow at the Bren School of Environmental Science & Management, UC Santa Barbara, in 2004.

Professor Salzman is active in the fields of practice and policy, serving since 1996 as a principal liaison for the Trade and Environment Policy Advisory Committee, a government-appointed body providing counsel to the EPA and US Trade Representative on trade and environment issues. Professor Salzman serves on the Board of four journals and four environmental non-profits. His more recent casebooks include: International Environmental Law and Policy, Foundation Press (with D. Zaelke and D. Hunter, 1998, 3rd ed. 2007), the leading casebook in the field with adoptions at over 160 schools; Concepts and Insights in Environmental Law, Foundation Press (2003, 2nd ed. 2007, with B. Thompson, Jr.); and The Practice and Policy of Environmental Law, Foundation Press (2008, with J.B. Ruhl and J. Nagle). His publications have appeared in the Stanford Law Review, Penn Law Review, NYU Law Review, Georgetown Law Journal, and other legal, scientific and popular journals. A national survey of environmental law professors has voted his work among the top ten articles of the year on four separate occasions.

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