Emily Hammond

Emily Hammond
Glen Earl Weston Research Professor
The George Washington University Law School
2000 H Street, N.W
Washington, District Of Columbia 20052
[email protected]

Emily Hammond is a nationally recognized expert in energy law, environmental law, and administrative law. A former environmental engineer, she brings technical fluency to cutting-edge issues at the intersection of law, science, and policy. Professor Hammond’s scholarship focuses on regulatory process, the responses of various legal institutions to scientific uncertainty, electricity markets, climate change, and the law of water quality. Her articles have appeared in numerous top-ranked journals, including the Columbia Law Review, the Duke Law Journal, the Michigan Law Review, and the Vanderbilt Law Review. She is a co-author of one of the nation’s leading energy law texts, Energy, Economics and the Environment, and the environmental law text Environmental Protection: Law and Policy, in addition to a variety of book chapters and shorter works. 

An elected member of the American Law Institute, Professor Hammond is also past chair of the American Association of Law Schools’ Administrative Law Section and a member scholar of the Center for Progressive Reform. She has consulted on various energy, environmental, and administrative law matters, authored amicus briefs, and testified before Congress on these issues. Professor Hammond actively collaborates with other researchers from a variety of disciplines within her field, and she is a past Distinguished Young Environmental Scholar recipient at the Stegner Center, University of Utah.

Prior to joining the GW law faculty, Professor Hammond served on the faculties at Wake Forest University and the University of Oklahoma College of Law, where she served as Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Associate Director of the Law Center, and won numerous teaching awards.  She has visited at the University of Texas, Florida State University, and the University of Georgia.  Before entering academia, Professor Hammond practiced with law with Bondurant, Mixson & Elmore, LLP in Atlanta, Georgia, and clerked for Judge Richard W. Story of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia.



BS, Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University; JD, University of Georgia

Classes Taught

Administrative Law; Atomic Energy Law; Energy Law; Environmental Law; Oil & Gas Law; Risk, Public Policy & Law; Torts; Water Law

In the News

Professor Hammond Testified Before the House Committee on Energy and Commerce

February 14, 2018

Emily Hammond testified about the EPA's plans to change the way it reviews polluters' compliance—or lack thereof—with the Clean Air Act.

"Chevron Fights Cities' Climate Suits With 'Creative Lawyering'"

February 08, 2018

Emily Hammond is quoted in Bloomberg about how climate suits would be better resolved by legislatures or agencies.

"Legal Experts Question Trump Admin Tactics on WOTUS"

February 01, 2018

Emily Hammond is quoted in Greenwire about the Clean Water Rule delay and repeal.

"4 Small Words May Hamstring Trump Team's WOTUS Overhaul"

December 14, 2017

Emily Hammond is quoted by E&E News about the language used in the proposal to delay former President Obama's Clean Water Rule. 

"Race Car Bill Would Open 'Damaging Loophole' — NRDC Lawyer"

November 15, 2017

Emily Hammond is quoted by E&E Daily about U.S. EPA regulations.