Assistant Professor Adam Abelkop

Adam Abelkop

Director, Legal Research, Writing, and Analysis Program & Associate Professor of Legal Writing

Full-Time Faculty
Zief Law Library, Room 14


Adam Abelkop is an expert in environmental law, administrative law, and tort law focusing on the public regulation and private governance of toxic chemicals. Professor Abelkop has written on chemical risk regulation, international and domestic climate change policy, and the role of tort law in environmental and health governance. He earned his PhD in Public Policy from Indiana University and his JD from the University of Iowa College of Law. From 2016 to 2019, he served as a teaching fellow supervising Stanford Law School's Environmental Law and Policy LLM program. At USF, he teaches the 1L sequence in legal research, writing, and analysis as well as administrative law, torts, remedies, and environmental justice. Professor Abelkop lives in Redwood City with his wife, daughters, and doodles.


  • PhD in Public Policy, Indiana University
  • JD, University of Iowa College of Law
  • BA in Sociology and History, Wake Forest University


  • Chemical Risk Governance, eds. Adam DK Abelkop, Lucas Bergkamp, Lynn L Bergeson & Bethami Auerbach, (Edward Elgar, 2023)
  • Persistent, Bioaccumulative, and Toxic (PBT) Chemicals: Technical Aspects, Policies, and Practices (lead author with Todd V. Royer & John D.Graham: CRC Press, 2016)

Law Review and Journal Articles

  • “Regulation of Chemical Risks: Lessons for Reform of the Toxic Substances Control Act from Canada and the European Union,” 32 PACE ENVIRONMENTAL LAW REVIEW& 108 (2015). (Lead author with John D. Graham)
  • “Tort Law as an Environmental Policy Instrument,” 92 OREGON LAW REVIEW 381 (2013).
  • “Reining in Phaëthon’s Chariot: Principles for the Governance of Geoengineering,” 21 TRANSNATIONAL LAW & CONTEMPORARY PROBLEMS 763 (2013). (Lead author with Jonathan C. Carlson)
  • “Forty Years after NEPA’s Enactment, It Is Time for a Comprehensive Farm Bill Environmental Impact Statement,” 4 HARVARD LAW & POLICY REVIEW 201 (2010). (with Carrie La Seur)
  • “Note, Why the Government Should Drink Your Milkshake: The Case for Restructuring the Federal Gas Tax,” 35 JOURNAL OF CORPORATION LAW 393 (2009).