Introducing Guest Blogger Robert Percival

bpercival1It is my great pleasure to introduce my colleague Robert Percival who will be guest blogging with us this month.  Professor Percival joined the Maryland faculty in 1987 after serving as senior attorney for the Environmental Defense Fund.  He is internationally recognized as a leading scholar in environmental law.  He is the principal author of the country’s most widely used casebook in environmental law entitled Environmental Regulation: Law, Science & Policy, now in its sixth edition.  He has written extensively on several topics, including environmental law, regulatory policy, federalism, presidential powers, and legal history.  Percival taught as a Visiting Professor of Law at Harvard Law School this past spring and in 2000 and at Georgetown University Law Center in 2005.  He currently teaches Environmental Law, Comparative Environmental Law, Constitutional Law, and Administrative Law at Maryland.  In 2007, he was named the University’s “Teacher of the Year.”

During the Spring of 2008, Percival taught as a J. William Fulbright Distinguished Lecturer at the China University of Political Science and Law in Beijing.  He previously taught as a Fulbright scholar at Comenius University Law School in Slovakia.  Percival has lectured and presented environmental law workshops on six continents in countries such as Australia, Chile, India, Iran, Japan, Mongolia, Uganda, Ukraine, and the former Soviet Union.  He also lectured at 15 universities and before several professional associations and government agencies in China.  In 2009, he served as Citizen Ambassador to China for the U.S. Department of State.  Percival has served  as the Natural Resource Law Institute Distinguished Visitor at Lewis & Clark College of Law and as a Visiting Professor of Law at the University of Chile where he helped establish South America’s first environmental law clinic.  He also has taught summer courses at the University of British Columbia and at the University of Aberdeen in Scotland.

Percival currently is working on the first casebook on “Global Environmental Law.”  He maintains a website developed for the casebook on which his weekly blog appears.  The blog is available here.  Percival is a member of the IUCN Commission on Environmental Law.  In April 2009, he delivered Pace Law School’s Lloyd K. Garrison Lecture on “The Globalization of Environmental Law.”   Percival has served on the Board of Directors of the Environmental Law Institute and as co-chair of the Steering Committee of the D.C. Bar’s Section on Environmental Energy and Natural Resources Law.  He is an elected member of the American Law Institute.

Percival attended Stanford Law School where he was Managing Editor of the Stanford Law Review.  He was named the Nathan Abbott Scholar for graduating first in his class.  Percival served as a law clerk for Judge Shirley M. Hufstedler of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit and for U.S. Supreme Court Justice Byron R. White.  He also served as a special assistant to the first U.S. Secretary of Education.

Select recent publications include:

Massachusetts v. EPA: Escaping the Common Law’s Growing Shadow,” 2007 Supreme Court Review 111 (2008).

Who Is Afraid of the Precautionary Principle?,” 23 Pace Environmental Law Review 801 (2006).

“The Clean Water Act and the Demise of the Federal Common Law of Interstate Nuisance,” 55 Alabama Law Review 717 (2004).

“‘Greening’ the Constitution–Harmonizing Environmental and Constitutional Values,” 32 Environmental Law Journal 809 (2002).

Presidential Management of the Administrative State: The Not-So-Unitary Executive,” 51 Duke Law Journal 993 (2001).

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  1. You forgot to mention his love for the game of baseball and his many years of consistent support (time and financial) of the Maryland Law softball team. I have no doubt I will enjoy his contributions here.