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Douglas Kysar

Douglas Kysar is Professor of Law at Yale University where he teaches and writes in the areas of tort law, products liability, risk regulation, environmental law, and sustainable development. From 2001-2008, he taught at Cornell Law School. He has also been a visiting faculty member at Harvard Law School, a visiting scholar at the Universitat Pompeu Fabra in Barcelona, Spain, and a Distinguished Environmental Law Lecturer at the Florida State University College of Law. He graduated magna cum laude in 1998 from Harvard Law School, where he received the Sears Prize and was a member of the Board of Student Advisors. Following law school, Professor Kysar clerked for the Hon. William G. Young, Chief Judge for the U.S. District Court of Massachusetts, and practiced corporate law with Foley, Hoag, & Eliot LLP in Boston. He has published widely on competing policymaking paradigms for the regulation of environmental, health, and safety risks, examining in particular certain underappreciated moral and political assumptions that underlay invocation of cost-benefit analysis and the precautionary principle within environmental policymaking contexts. He has recently completed a book-length treatment of these subjects, Regulating from Nowhere: Environmental Law and the Search for Objectivity (forthcoming Yale University Press). From 2006 to 2008, Professor Kysar served as Societal and Ethical Issues Coordinator for the National Nanotechnology Infrastructure Network.
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