Romany Webb

Research Scholar, Columbia Law School

Adjunct Assistance Professor of Climate, Columbia Climate School
Deputy Director, Sabin Center for Climate Change Law



Romany Webb is Deputy Director of the Sabin Center for Climate Change Law, Research Scholar at Columbia Law School, and Adjunct Assistant Professor of Climate at Columbia Climate School. Romany’s research focuses on two primary areas: (1) energy and (2) negative emissions technologies. Romany’s energy-related research explores how legal and policy tools can be used to minimize the climate impacts of energy development as well the impacts of climate change on energy infrastructure. Romany also researches legal issues associated with the development and deployment of negative emissions technologies on land and in the ocean. From 2020 through 2022, she served on the National Academy of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine Committee on Ocean Carbon Dioxide Removal and Sequestration. She now co-chairs the Climate Change, Sustainable Development, and Ecosystems Committee of the American Bar Association’s Section of Environment, Energy, and Resources and serves on a number of other boards and advisory councils.

Prior to joining the Sabin Center, Romany worked at the University of California Berkeley Energy and Climate Institute, researching executive authority to combat climate change. Romany also completed a fellowship with the Kay Bailey Hutchison Center for Energy, Law, and Business at the University of Texas at Austin, where she researched energy policy. The fellowship followed several years working in private practice in Sydney, Australia.

Romany received an LL.M., with a certificate of specialization in environmental law, from the University of California, Berkeley in 2013. She also holds an LL.B., awarded with first class honors, from the University of New South Wales (Australia).


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
Climate Risk in the Electricity Sector: Legal Obligations to Advance Climate Resilience Planning by Electric Utilities 2020
How Agency Science is Under Threat 2020
The Law of Enhanced Weathering for Carbon Dioxide Removal 2020
When Politics Trump Science: The Erosion of Science-Based Regulation 2020
Climate Change, FERC, and Natural Gas Pipelines: The Legal Basis for Considering Greenhouse Gas Emissions Under Section 7 of the Natural Gas Act 2019
Overcoming Impediments to Offshore Carbon Dioxide Storage: Legal Issues in the U.S. and Canada 2019
Climate Change Impacts on the Bulk Power System: Assessing Vulnerabilities and Planning for Resilience 2018
Deploying Advanced Metering Infrastructure on the Natural Gas System: Regulatory Challenges and Opportunities 2018
Distributed Energy Resource Participation in Wholesale Markets: Lessons from the California ISO 2018
Geological storage of CO2 in sub-seafloor basalt: the CarbonSAFE pre-feasibility study offshore Washington State and British Columbia 2018
Human Rights and Article 6 of the Paris Agreement: Ensuring Adequate Protection of Human Rights in the SDM and ITMO Frameworks 2018
Carbon Pricing in New York ISO Markets 2017
Increasing Gasoline Octane Levels to Reduce Vehicle Emissions: A Review of Federal and State Authority 2017
Policy Readiness for Offshore Carbon Dioxide Storage in the Northeast 2017