Professor Michael Gerrard

Andrew Sabin Professor of Professional Practice and Director, Sabin Center for Climate Change Law, Columbia Law School

Professor of Professional Practice in the Faculty of Climate,

Columbia Climate School

Affiliated with: Undergraduate Special Concentration and Major in Sustainable Development

Columbia Law School
Jerome Greene Hall
437 West 116th Street
New York, NY 10027


Michael B. Gerrard, Andrew Sabin Professor of Professional Practice at Columbia Law School, teaches courses on environmental law, climate change law, and energy regulation, and founded and directs the Sabin Center for Climate Change Law. He also chaired the faculty of Columbia University’s Earth Institute from 2015 to 2018. From 1979 through 2008, he practiced environmental law in New York, most recently as partner in charge of the New York office of Arnold & Porter. Upon joining the Law School faculty in 2009, he became the senior counsel to the firm. His practice involved trying numerous cases and arguing many appeals in federal and state courts and administrative tribunals; handling the environmental aspects of numerous transactions and development projects; and providing regulatory compliance advice to a wide variety of clients in the private and public sectors. Gerrard was the 2004-2005 chair of the American Bar Association’s 10,000-member section of environment, energy, and resources. He also chaired the New York City Bar Association’s executive committee and the New York State Bar Association’s environmental law section. He has served on the executive committees of the boards of the Environmental Law Institute and the American College of Environmental Lawyers. Several independent rating services ranked Gerrard as the leading environmental lawyer in New York and one of the leading environmental lawyers in the world.



Only select publications listed below
Name Published Date
Removing Carbon Dioxide Through Ocean Alkalinity Enhancement and Seaweed Cultivation: Legal Challenges and Opportunities 2021
The Legal Framework for Offshore Carbon Capture and Storage in Canada 2021
Overcoming Impediments to Offshore Carbon Dioxide Storage: Legal Issues in the U.S. and Canada 2019
Persistent Regulations: A Detailed Assessment of the Trump Administration's Efforts to Repeal Federal Climate Protections 2019
Geological storage of CO2 in sub-seafloor basalt: the CarbonSAFE pre-feasibility study offshore Washington State and British Columbia 2018
Heat Waves: Legal Adaptation to the Most Lethal Climate Disaster (So Far) 2018
Legal Pathways for a Massive Increase in Utility-Scale Renewable Generation Capacity 2017
Policy Readiness for Offshore Carbon Dioxide Storage in the Northeast 2017
Climate Change and Human Trafficking After the Paris Climate Agreement 2016
America’s Forgotten Nuclear Waste Dump in the Pacific 2015
Solving the CSO Conundrum: Green Infrastructure and the Unfulfilled Promise of Federal-Municipal Cooperation 2014
Climate Change Action Without Congress 2013
Opportunities for and Hurdles to Combined Heat and Power in New York City 2013
Regulating Imports into RGGI: Toward a Legal, Workable Solution 2013
What’s Ahead for Power Plants and Industry? Using the Clean Air Act to Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions, Building on Existing Regional Programs 2011


Legal Pathways to Deep Decarbonization in the United States (co-editor with John Dernbach), Environmental Law Institute (2019)

The Law of Climate Engineering: Governance and Liability for Solar Radiation Management and Carbon Dioxide Removal (co-editor with Tracy Hester), Cambridge University Press (2018)

Global Climate Change and U.S. Law (co-editor with Jody Freeman), American Bar Association (2d edition 2014) (first edition published in 2007)

Threatened Island Nations: Legal Implications of Rising Seas and a Changing Climate (co-editor with Gregory E. Wannier), Cambridge University Press (2013)

The Law of Adaptation to Climate Change: U.S. and International Aspects (co-editor with Katrina F. Kuh), American Bar Association (2012)

The Law of Clean Energy: Efficiency and Renewables (Editor), American Bar Association (2011)

The Law of Green Buildings: Regulatory and Legal Issues in Design, Construction, Operations, and Financing (Co-Editor, with J. Cullen Howe), American Bar Association and Environmental Law Institute (2010)

The Law of Environmental Justice: Theories and Procedures to Address Disproportionate Risks (Editor), American Bar Association  (Second Edition, 2008, with Sheila Foster)

Amending CERCLA: The Post-SARA Amendments to the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act (with Joel M. Gross), American Bar Association (2006)

Brownfields Law and Practice: The Cleanup and Redevelopment of Contaminated Land (General Editor), Matthew Bender & Co., four volumes, 1998, supplemented twice a year (named best law book of 1998 by Association of American Publishers)

Whose Backyard, Whose Risk: Fear and Fairness in Toxic and Nuclear Waste Siting, M.I.T. Press, 1994 (paperback edition published in 1996)

Environmental Law Practice Guide: State and Federal Law (General Editor), Matthew Bender & Co., 1992, twelve volumes; supplemented three times per year (named best law book of 1992 by Association of American Publishers)

Environmental Impact Review in New York (with Daniel A. Ruzow and Philip Weinberg), Matthew Bender & Co., two volumes, 1990; supplemented annually