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Carmen G. Gonzalez

Title/s:  Morris I. Leibman Professor of Law

Specialty Area: Environmental Law

Office #:  1318

Phone: 312-915-7044

Email: cgonzalez19@luc.edu

CV Link: Gonzalez CV

External Webpage: https://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/cf_dev/AbsByAuth.cfm?per_id=476828


Carmen G. Gonzalez is a Morris I. Leibman Professor of Law at Loyola University Chicago School of Law. She is a world-renowned expert in international environmental law, environmental justice, human rights and the environment, and food security.

Professor Gonzalez has taught at numerous prestigious academic institutions around the globe and has participated in environmental law capacity projects in Asia, Latin America, and the former Soviet Union. She was a Fulbright Scholar in Argentina, a Visiting Scholar at the University of Cambridge in the United Kingdom, a Visiting Professor at the Hopkins-Nanjing Center in China, and a U.S. Supreme Court Fellow. She later served as the George Soros Visiting Chair at the Central European University School of Public Policy in Budapest, Hungary, and as the Norton Rose Fulbright Distinguished Visiting Professor at the University of Houston Law Center. In 2019, she was recognized by Vermont Law School as its Distinguished International Environmental Law Scholar.

Professor Gonzalez is past chair of the Environmental Law Section of the Association of American Law Schools, and served as member and vice-chair of the IUCN Academy of Environmental Law. She also served on the Board of Trustees of Earthjustice, the largest public interest environmental law firm in the United States. Prior to becoming a law professor, she clerked for U.S. District Court Judge Thelton E. Henderson in San Francisco, practiced law with Pillsbury, Madison & Sutro, and served as assistant regional counsel at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.


BA, Yale University
JD, Harvard Law School

Program Areas

Environmental Law & Policy, International Environmental Law, Environmental Justice

Courses Taught

Torts, International Environmental Law, Environmental Law & Policy

Selected Publications

Professor Gonzalez has published six books and over 50 law journal articles and book chapters. Her books include International Environmental Law and the Global South (Cambridge University Press, 2015); Energy Justice: US and International Perspectives (Edward Elgar, 2018); and The Cambridge Handbook of Environmental Justice and Sustainable Development (Cambridge University Press, 2021). She also co-edited two books on the experiences of women of color in academia, Presumed Incompetent: The Intersection of Race and Class for Women in Academia (2012) and Presumed Incompetent II: Race, Class, Power, and Resistance of Women in Academia (2020).