Robert L. Glicksman

Portrait of Robert L. Glicksman
J. B. and Maurice C. Shapiro Professor of Environmental Law
2000 H Street, NW
Washington, District Of Columbia 20052
[email protected]

Robert L. Glicksman is a nationally and internationally recognized expert on environmental, natural resources, and administrative law issues. A graduate of the Cornell Law School, his areas of expertise include environmental, natural resources, administrative, and property law. Before joining the law school faculty in 2009, Professor Glicksman taught at the University of Kansas School of Law, where he joined the faculty in 1982 and was named the holder of the Robert W. Wagstaff Distinguished Professor of Law in 1995. Professor Glicksman has practiced with law firms in DC and New Jersey before joining and while on leave from academia, focusing on environmental, energy, and administrative law issues. He has consulted on various environmental and natural resources law issues, including work for the Secretariat of the Commission for Environmental Cooperation in Montreal, Canada.

Professor Glicksman has extensive publications in his areas of expertise. He is co-author of two law school casebooks, Environmental Protection: Law and Policy (8th ed. Wolters Kluwer) and Administrative Law: Agency Action in Legal Context (3d ed. Foundation Press); the four-volume treatise, Public Natural Resources Law (2d ed. Thomson/West); three monographs, Reorganizing Government: A Functional and  Dimensional Framework (NYU Press 2019), and Risk Regulation at Risk: A Pragmatic Approach, and Pollution Limits and Polluters’ Efforts to Comply: The Role of Government Monitoring and Enforcement, both published by Stanford University Press, and Modern Public Land Law in a Nutshell (5th ed. West Academic 2019). He has written numerous book chapters and articles on a variety of environmental, natural resources, and administrative law topics, concentrating recently on topics such as alternative ways to allocate regulatory authority, climate change, federalism issues in environmental law, the challenges facing the federal land management agencies, and environmental enforcement. His articles have been published in law reviews and journals that include the Pennsylvania Law Review, Texas Law Review, Northwestern University Law Review, Duke Law Journal, Vanderbilt Law Review, Alabama Law Review, Arizona Law Review, North Carolina Law Review, Indiana Law Journal, University of Colorado Law Review, Harvard Journal of Legislation, Stanford Environmental Law Journal, Virginia Environmental Law Journal, and Administrative Law Review.

Professor Glicksman has been a member scholar for the Center for Progressive Reform since 2002 and a member of the Center’s Board of Directors since 2008.

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BA, Union College; MA, Harvard University; JD, Cornell University

In the News

"Trump’s Record in Federal Courts Is the Worst of Any Recent President — As His Administration Loses Case After Case"

September 21, 2020
Robert L. Glicksman and Emily Hammond are quoted in Raw Story about Trump’s poor administrative law record in federal court.

"How Conservative Ideology Could Hamstring Enforcement"

September 14, 2020

Robert L. Glicksman is quoted in E&E News about how far-right groups are influencing White House efforts to rein in federal enforcement.

"The Trump Administration’s Latest Unconstitutional Power Grab"

August 24, 2020
Robert L. Glicksman co-writes in The Regulatory Review how a revised rule on environmental regulations threatens the separation of powers.

"DOJ's Administrative Law Goals Face Long Odds In Congress"

August 13, 2020

Robert L. Glicksman is quoted in Law360 about a DOJ report calling for Congress to update the Administrative Procedure Act.

"The Trump Administration's Pandemic Response Is Structured to Fail"

May 19, 2020
Robert L. Glicksman co-writes in The Regulatory Review how the pandemic response has been hampered by misallocation of authority.