Advisory Member

Michael Wara

“I think that if we could have more small-scale steps, we could actually get a lot further than we have been by trying to craft this giant kind of global, once-and-for-all agreement.”

Michael Wara is an expert on environmental law and policy, currently conducting research on domestic and international climate policy, and the Director of Climate & Energy Policy Program at the Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment. Concurrently, Michael teaches environmental law, international environmental law, energy law, and property law as an associate professor at Stanford Law. After receiving his undergraduate degree from Columbia University, Michael returned to his native Bay Area to earn a Ph.D. in ocean sciences from the University of California, Santa Cruz, in 2003.

“Michael is a pioneer in the next generation of legal academics working on the environment—scholars who can think about and approach issues of environmental law and policy with a deep understanding of the underlying science and technology,” said Larry Kramer, Richard E. Lang Professor of Law and Dean at Stanford University. “There is no more important work to be done, and Michael is on the cutting edge.”

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