Hari Osofsky is an associate professor at Washington and Lee University School of Law. She received her B.A. and J.D. from Yale University. She also is a Ph.D. student in the Department of Geography at the University of Oregon. After clerking for Judge Dorothy Nelson of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, she worked as a Fellow at Center for the Law in the Public Interest, with a focus on environmental justice advocacy. In 2001–02, she served as a Yale-China Legal Education Fellow and Visiting Scholar at Sun Yat-sen University School of Law, where she taught U.S. Civil Rights Law and helped the school launch its clinical legal education program. In 2003–04, she was a non-residential fellow with the Carnegie Council on Ethics and International Affairs and engaged in a project on international environmental rights. She has also taught at University of Oregon School of Law (assistant professor), Whittier Law School (assistant professor; inaugural director of Center for International and Comparative Law), Loyola Law School–Los Angeles (adjunct), and Vermont Law School (visiting assistant professor).
Osofsky’s scholarship focuses on two overlapping areas: (1) climate change law and (2) law and geography. Her current writing projects include several articles, a co-edited book on climate change litigation with Cambridge University Press, and a casebook on climate change law and policy forthcoming with Aspen Publishers. Her articles have been published in a variety of journals, including the Northwestern University Law Review Colloquy, Washington University Law Quarterly, Villanova Law Review, Chicago Journal of International Law, Michigan Journal of International Law, Stanford Environmental Law Journal, Stanford Journal of International Law, Virginia Journal of International Law, and Yale Journal of International Law. Her recent articles have been awarded the Daniel B. Luten Award for the best paper by a professional geographer by the Energy and Environment Specialty Group of the Association of American Geographers and have twice been runner-up for inclusion in Land Use and Environment Law Review’s annual compilation of the top land use and environmental law articles.
Osofsky’s advocacy work has included assisting with Earthjustice’s annual submissions to the U.N. Human Rights Commission on environmental rights and with the Inuit Circumpolar Conference’s petition on climate change to the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights. She has served as an advisor to the Western Environmental Law Center on climate change litigation, and her fall 2008 Climate Change Litigation Practicum assisted the Southern Environmental Law Center. She also is a member of the Climate Legacy Initiative’s Consultants Working Group, the International Law Association’s Committee on the Legal Principles of Climate Change, the Executive Committee of the American Association of Law School’s Section on International Law, and the Journal of Environmental Law and Litigation’s National Advisory Board; the inaugural treasurer designate of the Association for Law, Property, and Society; and co-chair of the American Society of International Law’s 2010 Annual Meeting.