Alice Kaswan

Alice Kaswan



Professor Alice Kaswan is an expert on climate change and on environmental justice. She has written and spoken widely about climate federalism, addressing the appropriate roles of federal, state, and local governments in mitigating and adapting to climate change. Her work also explores the intersection between environmental justice and climate change policies.

Kaswan is an elected member of the American Law Institute, a member scholar for the Center for Progressive Reform, and a past Chair of the Association of American Law Schools’ Environmental Law Section.


  • Climate change policy
  • Climate justice
  • Environmental justice


  • Harvard Law School, JD cum laude, 1991
  • UC Berkeley, BS with highest honors in Conservation and Resource Studies, 1984

Prior Experience

  • Assistant Professor, Columbus School of Law, Catholic University
  • Associate, Morgan, Lewis & Bockius
  • Associate, Berle, Kass & Case
  • Law Clerk, Hon. Marie L. Garibaldi, New Jersey Supreme Court


  • “Climate Justice.” In Global Climate Change and U.S. Law, ed. Michael B. Gerrard, Jody Freeman, and Michael Burger. (ABA Book Publishing, January 2023). SSRN.
  • Background on Environmental Justice and Racism, in the Palgrave Handbook of Global Sustainability (Robert Brinkman, ed. 2022) SSRN.

  • Climate Justice and the Social Pillar in California’s Climate Policies, in The Cambridge Handbook of Environmental Justice and Sustainable Development 26 (Sumudu A. Atapattu, Carmen G. Gonzalez, and Sara L. Seck, eds, 2021. SSRN.

  • Distributive Environmental Justice, in Environmental Justice: Key Issues (Brendan Coolsaet, ed. 2020).
  • Adaptation Justice, in Climate Change Law, Encyclopedia of Environmental Law (Daniel Farber and Marjan Peeters, eds, 2016). SSRN.
  • Reconciling Justice and Efficiency: Integrating Environmental Justice into Domestic Cap-and-Trade Programs for Controlling Greenhouse Gases, in Arnold, Denis, ed., Ethics and Global Climate Change (Cambridge University Press, 2011) SSRN.

Law Review and Journal Articles