Carmen G. Gonzalez is a Professor of Law at Seattle University School of Law, who
writes in the areas of international environmental law, environmental justice, trade and
the environment, and food security. After graduating from Yale University and Harvard Law
School, she clerked for Judge Thelton E. Henderson of the U.S. District Court for the
Northern District of California, and practiced law at Pillsbury, Madison and Sutro, where
she specialized in environmental litigation. She later served as an attorney at Pacific
Gas and Electric Company and as Assistant Regional Counsel in the San Francisco office of
the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Her responsibilities at EPA included
enforcement of federal hazardous waste laws and implementation of bilateral agreements
between the United States and Mexico to address environmental problems at the
U.S.-Mexican border. 

Professor Gonzalez 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 Nanjing, China, and a Fellow at the U.S. Supreme Court. She is
part of a consortium of law professors that was awarded a three year grant from Higher
Education for Development/U.S. Agency for International Development to conduct
environmental law capacity-building workshops for law professors in Guatemala, Nicaragua,
and the Dominican Republic. 

Professor Gonzalez is active in a variety of professional organizations. In 2011-12, she
served as Chair of the Environmental Law Section of the Association of American Law
Schools. She is also a member of the Board of Trustees of Earthjustice, co-chair of the
Research Committee of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN)
Academy of Environmental Law, and a member scholar of the Center for Progressive Reform,
a non-profit research and educational organization of university-affiliated academics
that seeks to inform policy debates regarding environmental regulation. She has served as
member and vice-chair of the International Subcommittee of the National Environmental
Justice Advisory Council (an advisory body to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on
environmental justice issues), and has represented non-governmental organizations in
multilateral environmental treaty negotiations. 

Articles

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World Poverty and Food Insecurity, Penn State Journal of Law and International Affairs (2015)

The article draws upon the insights of Yale philosopher Thomas Pogge to suggest a way...

 

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Environmental Justice, Human Rights, and the Global South, Santa Clara Journal of International Law (2015)

From the Ogoni people devastated by oil drilling in Nigeria to the Inuit and other...

 

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Women of Color in Legal Education: Challenging the Presumption of Incompetence, The Federal Lawyer (2014)

Female law professors of color have become the canaries in the academic mine whose plight...

 

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Presumed Incompetent: Continuing the Conversation (Part I) (with Angela P. Harris), Berkeley Journal of Gender, Law and Justice (2014)

On March 8, 2013, the Berkeley Journal of Gender, Law & Justice hosted an all-day...

 

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Introduction: Presumed Incompetent: Continuing the Conversation (Part II) (with Angela P. Harris), Seattle Journal for Social Justice (2013)

On March 8, 2013, the Berkeley Journal of Gender, Law & Justice hosted an all-day...

 

Books

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International Environmental Law and the Global South (2015)

The unprecedented degradation of the planet’s vital ecosystems is among the most pressing issues confronting...

 

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Presumed Incompetent: The Intersections of Race and Class for Women in Academia (2012)

Presumed Incompetent is a pathbreaking account of the intersecting roles of race, gender, and class...

 

Contributions to Books

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The North-South Divide in International Environmental Law: Framing the Issues (with Sumudu Atapattu), International Environmental Law and the Global South (2015)

The unprecedented degradation of the planet’s vital ecosystems is among the most pressing issues confronting...

 

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Energy Poverty and the Environment, International Energy and Poverty: The Emerging Contours (2015)

Nearly 3 billion people in Asia, Africa, and Latin America (the Energy Poor) face daily...

 

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International Economic Law and the Right to Food, Rethinking Food Systems: Structural Challenges, New Strategies, and the Law (2014)

This chapter examines the historic and current policies and practices that have contributed to food...

 

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Environmental Justice and International Environmental Law, Routledge Handbook of International Environmental Law (2013)

Environmental justice lies at the heart of many environmental disputes between the global North and...

 

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Presumed Incompetent: The Intersections of Race and Class for Women in Academia -- Introduction (with Angela P. Harris), Presumed Incompetent: The Intersections of Race and Class for Women in Academia (2012)

Presumed Incompetent is a pathbreaking account of the intersecting roles of race, gender, and class...