Areas of Expertise
JD, 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
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.