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Jonathan B. Wiener, William R. and Thomas L. Perkins Distinguished Professor of Law and Professor of Sanford School of Public Policy and Professor of Environmental Policy at Duke Kunshan University and Professor in the Division of Environmental Sciences and Policy and Faculty Network Member of The Energy Initiative and Associate of the Duke Initiative for Science & Society  

Office Location: Duke Law School 210 Science Dr, Duke Box 90362, Durham, NC 27708
Office Phone: (919) 613-7054
Duke Box: 90362
Email Address: wiener@law.duke.edu
Web Page: http://law.duke.edu/fac/wiener/
Web Page: http://law.duke.edu/fac/wiener/bibliography

Areas of Expertise

  • Environment and Energy, Environmental Law, Regulation and Policy
  • International, International and Comparative Law

Education:
J.D.,  Harvard University, 1987
AB Economics, Harvard College, 1984

Research Description: Regulation of health, safety and environmental risks; environmental policy; climate change; risk-risk tradeoffs; mass torts; international law; comparative law (especially U.S.-Europe); national service

Teaching (Fall 2021):

  • Law 235.01, Environmental law Synopsis
    Law school 3043, MW 04:00 PM-05:25 PM
  • Law 590.01, Risk regulation u.s., eur, bey Synopsis
    Law school 4055, Tu 02:00 PM-03:50 PM
  • Environ 592.01, Unfccc practicum Synopsis
    Sanford 150, M 01:45 PM-03:00 PM
  • Environ 733.01, Risk regulation u.s., eur, bey Synopsis
    Law school tba, Tu 02:00 PM-03:50 PM
  • Environ 835.01, Environmental law Synopsis
    Law school 3043, MW 04:00 PM-05:25 PM
  • Pubpol 891.01, Special topics (top) Synopsis
    Law school tba, Tu 02:00 PM-03:50 PM

Recent Publications   (More Publications)

  1. Wiener, J. "Disregard and Due Regard." Nyu Environmental Law Journal (2021).
  2. Wiener, J; Graham, J; Robinson, L. "Co-Benefits, Countervailing Risks, and Cost-Benefit Analysis." Human and Ecological Risk Assessment: Theory and Practice. John Wiley & Sons, 2021
  3. Wiener, J; Graham, J. "Agenda Setting at EPA." Fifty Years at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency: Progress, Retrenchment, and Opportunities. Rowman & Littlefield, 2021: 485-522.
  4. Wiener, J; Bennear, L. "Institutional Roles and Goals for Retrospective Regulatory Analysis." Journal of Benefit Cost Analysis (2021).
  5. Wiener, J; Xu, J; Li, H. "Comparing Environmental Risk Regulations in China and the United States." Risk Analysis (2021).

Highlight:

Jonathan B. Wiener is the William R. and Thomas L. Perkins Professor of Law at Duke Law School, Professor of Environmental Policy at the Nicholas School of the Environment, and Professor of Public Policy at the Sanford School of Public Policy, at Duke University.  He is the Co-Director of the Duke Center on Risk in the Science & Society Initiative. 

He served as President of the Society for Risk Analysis (SRA) in 2008, and he co-chaired the SRA's World Congress on Risk in Sydney Australia in 2012.  In 2003 he received SRA’s Chauncey Starr Young Risk Analyst Award, and in 2014 he received SRA’s Richard J. Burk Outstanding Service Award.  From 2015-19 he co-directed the Rethinking Regulation program at Duke, and from 2007-15 he directed the JD-LLM Program in International and Comparative Law at Duke Law School.  From 2000-05 he was the founding Faculty Director of the Duke Center for Environmental Solutions, which was then expanded into the Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions, for which he served as chair of the faculty advisory committee from 2007-10.

He is a University Fellow of Resources for the Future (RFF); a Public Member of the Administrative Conference of the United States (ACUS); a board member of the Society for Benefit-Cost Analysis (SBCA); and an affiliated faculty member of the environment program at Duke Kunshan University (DKU) and of the Harvard Center for Risk Analysis (HCRA).  He is a member of advisory committees at the NYU Institute for Policy Integrity, the International Risk Governance Council (IRGC), the Chaire Economie du Climat (CEC), and the Cambridge Centre for the Study of Existential Risk (CSER).  He has been a member of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) 5th Assessment Report (Working Group III) (2014), and the study team on “Environmental Risk Management” for the China Council for International Cooperation on Environment and Development (CCICED) (2015). 

His publications include the books Policy Shock: Recalibrating Risk and Regulation after Oil Spills, Nuclear Accidents, and Financial Crises (Cambridge University Press, 2017 [paperback 2020], with Ed Balleisen, Lori Bennear, and Kim Krawiec); The Reality of Precaution: Comparing Risk Regulation in the United States and Europe (RFF/Routledge, 2011, with Michael Rogers, Jim Hammitt, and Peter Sand), Reconstructing Climate Policy (AEI Press 2003, with Richard Stewart) and Risk vs. Risk (Harvard University Press 1995, with John Graham [Chinese translation, 2018]), and more than 100 articles in journals in law, policy, economics, risk and science.  He has been a visiting professor at Harvard Law School, the University of Chicago Law School, Université Paris Ouest Nanterre La Défense, Université Paris-Dauphine, Sciences Po, and EHESS and CIRED in Paris.

Before coming to Duke, he served at the White House Council of Economic Advisers (CEA), at the Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP), and at the US Department of Justice (DOJ/ENRD), in the first Bush and Clinton administrations. He helped negotiate the Framework Convention on Climate Change, attended the Rio Earth Summit in 1992, and helped draft Executive Order 12866 (1993).  He also helped organize the Americorps National Service program in 1993, the annual City Year servathon in Boston in 1989, and the D.C. Cares servathon in Washington D.C. in 1991; served on the North Carolina State Commission on National and Community Service from 1994-98; and founded the "Dedicated to Durham" community service day held at Duke Law School since 1995.

He clerked for Judge (now U.S. Supreme Court Justice) Stephen G. Breyer on the U.S. Court of Appeals in Boston in 1988-89, and for Chief Judge Jack B. Weinstein on the U.S. District Court in New York in 1987-88. He received his A.B. in economics (1984) and J.D. (1987) from Harvard University, where he was a research assistant at the NBER, assistant coach of the 1985 college debate champions, and an editor of the Harvard Law Review.

Bio/Profile
Jonathan B. Wiener is William R. and Thomas L. Perkins Professor of Law at Duke Law School, Professor of Environmental Policy at the Nicholas School of the Environment, and Professor of Public Policy Studies and the Sanford School of Public Policy at Duke University. He is also a University Fellow of Resources for the Future (RFF). In 2008 he was President of the Society for Risk Analysis (SRA), and in 2003 he received the SRA's Chauncey Starr Young Risk Analyst Award. From 2000-05 he served as the founding Faculty Director of the Duke Center for Environmental Solutions, which has now been expanded into the Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions. He has written widely on U.S. and international environmental law and risk regulation, including numerous articles and the books Reconstructing Climate Policy (2003, with Richard B. Stewart) and Risk vs. Risk (Harvard University Press 1995, with John D. Graham). He has been a visiting professor at Harvard Law School (in 2010 and 1999), Sciences Po (2008), the University of Chicago Law School (2007), and EHESS and CIRED in Paris (2005-06). Before coming to Duke, he worked on U.S. and international environmental policy at the White House Council of Economic Advisers, at the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, and at the United States Department of Justice, serving in both the first Bush and Clinton administrations. He attended the Rio Earth Summit in 1992. Professor Wiener clerked for Judge (now U.S. Supreme Court Justice) Stephen G. Breyer on the U.S. Court of Appeals in Boston in 1988-89, and for Chief Judge Jack B. Weinstein on the U.S. District Court in New York in 1987-88. He received his A.B. in economics (1984) and his J.D. (1987) from Harvard University, where he was an editor of the Harvard Law Review and helped coach the 1985 intercollegiate debate champions. Jonathan Wiener has also been committed to community service. He helped organize the Americorps National Service program in 1993, helped start the annual City Year servathon in Boston in 1989 and DC Cares servathon in Washington DC in 1991, served on the North Carolina State Commission on National and Community Service from 1994-98, and founded the "Dedicated to Durham" community service day held twice each year at Duke Law School since 1995.

Jonathan B. Wiener