Jody Freeman

Archibald Cox Professor of Law

Director, Environmental Law Program


Jody Freeman is the Archibald Cox Professor of Law and the founding director of the Harvard Law School Environmental Law and Policy Program. She is a leading scholar of both administrative law and environmental law, and has written extensively about climate change regulation. Professor Freeman served in the White House as Counselor for Energy and Climate Change in 2009-10, where she contributed to a host of initiatives on renewable energy, energy efficiency, transmission policy and oil and gas drilling, as well as the administration’s effort to pass legislation placing a market based cap on carbon. She was the architect of the president’s historic agreement with the auto industry to double fuel efficiency standards, which launched the administration’s greenhouse gas program under the Clean Air Act. After leaving the administration, Freeman served as an independent consultant to the President's bipartisan Commission on the BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill. She has been appointed to the Administrative Conference of the United States, the government think tank for improving the administrative and regulatory process. In 2011, she was elected to the American College of Environmental Lawyers. In 2012 Professor Freeman was elected as an outside director of ConocoPhillips, where she serves on the public policy and compensation committees. She has written for the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and Los Angeles Times. Professor Freeman gives NPR interview on International Climate Negotiations and US-China Deal

Professor Freeman’s new book, GLOBAL CLIMATE CHANGE AND U.S. LAW (co-edited with Michael Gerrard) was published this spring. Her most recent article, Old Statutes, New Problems (forthcoming in Penn. L. Rev) explores the challenges agencies face when interpreting older laws to address new policy problems during periods of congressional dysfunction. She is now working on a project about the convergence of energy law and environmental law. Professor Freeman's area of interests include Administrative Law and Regulation; Environmental Law and Policy; Climate Change; Energy Law and Regulation; Executive Power; Delegation and Principal-Agent Theory and Governance Theory.

  • For Professor Freeman's publications available on SSRN, go here:
  • For a lecture by Professor Freeman and Professor Lazarus on EPA's proposed climate rule for the power sector, see this video