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David Adelman

David E. Adelman teaches and writes in the areas of environmental law, intellectual property law, and climate change policy. Professor Adelman’s research focuses on the many interfaces between law and science, with a particular emphasis recently on empirical studies of environmental policy implementation. His articles have examined the empirical bases of environmental justice concerns about greenhouse-gas trading regimes, the tensions between legal and scientific evidentiary standards in regulatory decision making, and development of effective policies for promoting innovation relevant to addressing climate change.  He is currently working on a comparative project evaluating the insights that can be drawn from diplomacy on nuclear arms control for ongoing international climate change negotiations.  

Professor Adelman is trained as both a lawyer and a scientist.  Before receiving his J.D. from Stanford Law School, he completed a Ph.D., also at Stanford University, in physical chemistry.  This technical background gives him a unique perspective on environmental and technology issues, as well as legal issues generally; his scholarship draws extensively on his knowledge and expertise in law and science.  Prior to entering academia, Professor Adelman was an associate with the law firm Covington & Burling in Washington, D.C., where he litigated patent disputes and provided legal counsel on environmental regulatory matters, and a Senior Attorney with the Natural Resources Defense Council also in Washington, D.C., where he was both a litigator and worked on a broad range of environmental policies. Professor Adelman was an Associate Professor of Law at the University of Arizona Rogers College of Law from 2001 to 2009.