Lesley K. McAllister
Rm. 1114 King Hall
- Ph.D. Energy and Resources Group, University of California, Berkeley 2004
- J.D., Stanford Law School 2000, with distinction
- M.A. Energy and Resources Group, University of California, Berkeley 1997
- B.S., magna cum laude Civil Engineering and Public Policy, Princeton University 1991
Professor of Law
Before joining the UC Davis law faculty in 2013, Lesley McAllister held appointments at the University of San Diego School of Law and the UC San Diego School of International Relations and Pacific Studies. She teaches and writes in the areas of environmental, natural resources, property, and energy law, both domestic and international. Much of her scholarship focuses on innovative regulatory approaches, such as cap-and-trade regulation, public-private governance, and citizen enforcement.
Recent books and articles include Climate Change Law and Policy (with Hari M. Osofsky) (2012); “Regulation by Third-Party Verification,” 53 Boston College Law Review 1 (2012); “Co-Regulation in Mexican Environmental Law,” 32 Utah Environmental Law Review 181 (2012); “Adaptive Mitigation in the Electric Power Sector,” 2011 Brigham Young University Law Review 2115 (2011); and “Environmental Advocacy Litigation in Brazil and the United States,” 6(2) Journal of Comparative Law (2011).
Professor McAllister is a member scholar of the Center for Progressive Reform and has served as a consultant to the Administrative Conference of the United States. She has a J.D. from Stanford Law School and a Ph.D. from the Energy and Resources Group at UC Berkeley, where she studied Brazilian environmental law and legal institutions. As an undergraduate, she majored in civil engineering and public policy at Princeton University. Professor McAllister blogs at Environmental Law Professor Blog.
Special InterestsEnvironmental Law, Energy Law, Natural Resources, Comparative Law
Selected Career Highlights
- Martin Luther King Jr. Hall Research Scholar, UC Davis School of Law, 2013-14
- Stanley Legro Professor of Environmental Law, University of San Diego, 2012-13
- Fulbright Scholar, University of Granada Law School, 2012
- Consultant, Administrative Conference of the United States, 2012
- Visiting Scholar, UC San Diego Center for U.S.-Mexican Studies, 2011
- Visiting Professor, Sorbonne Law School, 2009
- Law Clerk to Hon. Fern Smith, Northern District of California, 2004-05
- Associate Attorney, Earthjustice International Program, 2002
- Law Clerk, Environmental Protection Agency Office of Regional Counsel, Region IX, 2001
- Volunteer, Peace Corps Costa Rica, 1993-95
- Environmental Enforcement Innovations in Industrializing Middle-Income Countries, Law and Development of Middle-Income Countries , (Randall Peerenboom and Tom Ginsburg, eds., Cambridge University Press, forthcoming 2013) (with Benjamin van Rooij).
- Cap and Trade Global Climate Change and U.S. Law, (Michael B. Gerrard and Jody Freeman, eds., American Bar Association, 2nd ed., forthcoming 2013).
- Climate Change Law & Policy, (Aspen, Wolters Kluwer, 2012) (with Hari M. Osofsky).
- Co-Regulation in Mexican Environmental Law, 32 Utah Environmental Law Review 181 (2012).
- Regulation by Third-Party Verification, 53 Boston College Law Review 1 (2012).
- Adaptive Mitigation in the Electric Power Sector, 2011 Brigham Young University Law Review 2115 (2011).
- Environmental Advocacy Litigation in Brazil and the United States, 6(2) Journal of Comparative Law (2011).
- The Enforcement Challenge of Cap-and-Trade Regulation, 40 Environmental Law 1195 (2010).
- Enforcing Cap and Trade: A Tale of Two Programs, 2 San Diego Journal of Climate & Energy Law 1 (2010).
- Dimensions of Enforcement Style: Factoring in Regulatory Capacity and Autonomy, 32 Law & Policy 61 (2010).
- Reorienting Regulation: Pollution Enforcement in Industrializing Countries, 32 Law & Policy 1 (2010) (with Benjamin van Rooij & Robert A. Kagan).
- Litigating Climate Change at the Coal Mine, in Adjudicating Climate Change: State, National, and International Approaches, (William C.G. Burns and Hari M. Osofsky, eds., Cambridge University Press, 2009).
- Regional Climate Regulation: From State Competition to State Collaboration, 1 San Diego Journal of Climate & Energy Law 81 (2009).
- The Overallocation Problem in Cap-and-Trade: Moving Toward Stringency, 34 Columbia Journal of Environmental Law 396 (2009).
- On Environmental Enforcement and Compliance: A Reply to Professor Crawford’s Review of Making Law Matter: Environmental Protection and Legal Institutions in Brazil, 40 George Washington International Law Review 649 (2009).
- Making Law Matter: Environmental Protection and Legal Institutions in Brazil, (Stanford University Press, 2008).
- Sustainable Consumption Governance in the Amazon, 38 Environmental Law Reporter 10873 (2008).
- Revisiting a “Promising Institution”: Public Law Litigation in the Civil Law World, 24 Georgia State University Law Review 693 (2008).
- Putting Persuasion Back in the Equation: Compliance in Cap and Trade Programs, 24 PACE ENVIRONMENTAL LAW REVIEW 299 (2007).
- Beyond Playing ‘Banker’: The Role of the Regulatory Agency in Emissions Trading, 59 ADMINISTRATIVE LAW REVIEW 269 (2007).
- Public Prosecutors and Environmental Protection in Brazil, in Environmental Issues in Latin America and the Caribbean , (Springer, 2005).
- Judging GMOs: Judicial Application of the Precautionary Principle in Brazil , 32 ECOLOGY LAW QUARTERLY 149 (2005).