Prof. Dana Zartner

Dana Zartner


Full-Time Faculty
Kalmanovitz Hall 222B


Dana Zartner, JD, PhD is a Full Professor in the International Studies Department and is an Adjunct Professor at the School of Law at the University of San Francisco, where she specializes in international and comparative law, with a focus on the intersection of environmental justice and human rights. Professor Zartner’s first book Courts, Codes, and Custom: Legal Tradition and State Policy Toward International Human Rights and Environmental Law was released by Oxford University Press (2014). Her second book Thrive & Survive: Environmental Advocacy and the Rights of Nature is in the final stages of editing. She has also recently published articles on the rights of nature, using international law as a tool for advocacy, and indigenous efforts to stop extractivist industries on sacred lands in the Vermont Journal of Environmental Law, the Santa Clara Journal of International Law, and The Conversation. In addition to her academic work, Professor Zartner has served as an accredited representative at various UN meetings, including the Committee on Women’s Rights in New York and the Expert Mechanisms on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples in Geneva. She has also done pro bono work with the One Million Tree campaign in Cambodia and in support of the Amah Mutsun Tribal Band's efforts to protect their traditional lands in Santa Clara County.

Research Areas

  • Rights of nature and the development of innovative environmental legal advocacy
  • International law as a tool for activism
  • Corporate social responsibility
  • The role of culture and different knowledges in the development and understanding of law and politics


  • Faculty Director, Strategic Planning, College of Arts and Sciences
  • Chair, Faculty Advisory Board on Internationalization
  • Co-Chair, Working Group 7 - Global Focus and Responsibility, USF Strategic Plan Working Groups
  • Director of Faculty Experience and Global Engagement, Honors College


  • PhD, Political Science, University of California, Davis
  • JD, Concentration in International Law, Boston University
  • BA, International Relations, Hamline University

Selected Publications