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Jamison E. Colburn

Jamison Colburn

Joseph H. Goldstein Faculty Scholar
Professor of Law

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(814) 865-8965

J.S.D., Columbia University 
LL.M., Harvard 
J.D., Rutgers University 
B.A., State University of New York, Plattsburgh

Professor Colburn is a leading scholar of environmental and natural resources law. He has published over thirty articles and book chapters focusing on the law of environmental assessment, habitat and at-risk species protections, and the jurisdiction of water disputes. His published work routinely considers the legal system’s use (and misuse) of science and scientific information. Prior to teaching, he served as Assistant Regional Counsel at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and as Trustee of the Connecticut River Watershed Council.

"Don’t Go in the Water: On Pathological Jurisdiction Splitting," 39 Stan. Envt’l L.J. 3 (2019)
"A Future for Paris? Federalism, the Law of Nations, and U.S. Courts," 34 Md. J. Int’l L. 181 (2019)
"The Scales of Weighing Regulatory Costs: Technology," Geography and Time (2018)
"Retreat Alternatives in NEPA—A Tool for the Perplexed," 33 J. Envtl. L. & Litig. 3 (2018)
"Technology-Based? Cost Factoring in U.S. Environmental Standards," 7 Mich. J. Env’tl & Admin. L. 83 (2017)
"A Climate-Constrained NEPA," 2017 U. Illinois L. Rev. 1091 (2017)
"The Risk in Discretion: Substantive NEPA’s Significance," 41 Colum. J. Envtl. L. 1 (2016)
“Addition by Subtraction: NEPA Routines as Means to More Systemic Ends,” inThe Laws of Nature: Reflections on Ecosystem Management Law & Policy (Kalyani Robbins ed., 2013).
“Reasons as Experiments: Judgment and Justification in the Hard Look,” 9 Contemp. Pragmatism 205 (2013) (invited article for philosophy journal’s symposium on “Democratic Experimentalism”).
“Permits, Property, and Planning in the 21st Century: Habitat as Survival and Beyond,” in Rebuilding the Ark: New Perspectives on ESA Reform (Jonathan H. Adler ed., 2011)
“Agency Interpretations,” 82 Temple L. Rev. 657 (2010)
“Splitting the Atom of Property: Rights Experimentalism as Obligation to Future Generations,” 77 Geo. Wash. L. Rev. 1411 (2009)
“Habitat and Humanity: Public Lands Law in the Age of Ecology,” 39 Ariz. St. L. J. 145 (2007)
“Localism's Ecology: Protecting and Restoring Habitat in the Suburban Nation,” 33 Ecology L.Q. 945 (2006)
“The Indignity of Federal Wildlife Habitat Law,” 57 Alabama L. Rev. 417 (2005)