Noah Sachs specializes in environmental law and heads the law school's Robert R. Merhige Jr. Center for Environmental Studies. His research focuses on regulation of toxins and hazardous waste, urban environmental issues, international environmental law and sustainable economic development and how liability regimes can be harnessed for environmental protection, especially in the fields of toxics and hazardous waste.
Professor Sachs’ articles have appeared in leading journals and have been featured as the centerpiece of academic symposia. His most recent article, Planning the Funeral at the Birth: Extended Producer Responsibility in the European Union and the United States, published in Harvard Environmental Law Review, critiqued novel liability rules requiring that manufacturers take back discarded electronics and other products after consumer use. His work has also been published in the Columbia Journal of Environmental Law and the Natural Resources Journal, where his writing was the centerpiece of a symposium issue.
Prior to joining the law school, Sachs was a lecturer at Harvard Law School, where he taught international environmental law and legal research and writing. He has traveled extensively in environmental hot-spots around the globe, including tropical rain forests, Himalayan biodiversity parks, the Three Gorges Dam in China, and most recently, the Chernobyl nuclear power plant.
Professor Sachs has practiced law at Foley Hoag LLP in Boston and Carter, Ledyard and Milburn in New York. He also served as a media and outreach coordinator for the Institute for Energy and Environmental Research, a grassroots nonprofit focusing on nuclear waste issues. Other experience includes work at EPA's Office of International Activities, the Senate Judiciary Committee and the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.
New York (2000) Massachusetts (2002)
JD, Stanford Law School (1999)
MPA, Princeton University (1999)
BA, Brown University (1993)
Honors and Awards
Order of the Coif, Phi Beta Kappa
Areas of Practice
- Environmental Law
- International Law & Trade
- Toxic Torts
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