Hari M. Osofsky

Dean and Myra and James Bradwell Professor of Law
Professor of Environmental Law and Culture (Courtesy)


Hari M. Osofsky is dean and Myra and James Bradwell Professor of Law at Northwestern Pritzker School of Law and Professor of Environmental Policy and Culture (courtesy) at the Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences.

As dean, she is deeply committed to building legal education for a changing society through inclusive collaboration. Her leadership focuses on preparing students to lead in our changing society and profession; advancing diversity, equity and inclusion and social and racial justice; learning from the COVID-19 pivots; and innovating through interdisciplinary, multi-stakeholder, and international partnerships. She also is very involved in mentorship and sponsorship to support greater diversity in law school and university leadership. The American Bar Association’s Legal Technology Resource Center recognized her as one of the 2019 Women of Legal-Tech.

Dean Osofsky’s over 50 publications focus on improving governance and addressing injustice in energy and climate change regulation. Her scholarship includes books with Cambridge University Press on climate change litigation, textbooks on both energy and climate change law, and articles in leading law and geography journals. Dean Osofsky’s Emory Law Journal article, Energy Partisanship, was awarded the 2018 Morrison Prize, which recognizes the most impactful sustainability-related legal academic article published in North America during the previous year. Dean Osofsky has collaborated extensively with business, government, and nonprofit leaders to make bipartisan progress on these issues through her leadership roles and teaching. She is a fellow of the American College of Environmental Lawyers. 

Her professional leadership roles have included, among others, serving as president of the Association for Law, Property, and Society and as a member of the Dean’s Steering Committee of the American Association of Law Schools, Executive Council of the American Society of International Law, International Law Association’s Committee on the Legal Principles of Climate Change, Board of Governors of the Society of American Law Teachers, and editorial board of Climate Law. Her leadership and mentorship work was recognized by the Association for Law, Property, and Society’s 2016 Distinguished Service Award and the University of Minnesota 2015 Sara Evans Faculty Woman Scholar/Leader Award. 

Dean Osofsky received a PhD in geography from the University of Oregon and a JD from Yale Law School. She clerked for Judge Dorothy W. Nelson of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. Prior to joining Northwestern University, Dean Osofsky served as dean of Penn State Law and the Penn State School of International Affairs and on the faculties of University of Minnesota Law School, Washington and Lee University School of Law, the University of Oregon School of Law, and Whittier Law School.

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Areas of Expertise

  • Energy Law
  • Climate Change Law
  • Environmental Justice Law
  • Property Law
  • International Law
  • Law and Geography
  • Regulatory Governance

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  • PhD, University of Oregon
  • JD, Yale Law School
  • BA, Yale College

Prior Appointments

  • Dean, Penn State Law and Penn State School of International Affairs, Distinguished Professor of Law, Professor of International Affairs, and Professor of Geography, 2017-2021, Pennsylvania State University
  • Robins Kaplan Professor, Founding Director, Energy Transition Lab, Director, Joint Degree Program in Law, Science, and Technology, 2010-2017, University Of Minnesota Law School
  • Associate Professor, 2008-2010, Washington and Lee University School of Law
  • Assistant Professor, 2006-2008, University of Oregon School of Law
  • Assistant Professor, Director, Center for International and Comparative Law, 2003-2006, Whittier Law School

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