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, a member 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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China and Sustainable Development in Latin America, Jiangxi Social Sciences (2012)

China’s growing economic engagement with Latin America has sparked both popular and scholarly debate. Some...

 

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Book Review: Environmental Protection and Human Rights, Journal of Human Rights and the Environment (2012)

This article reviews Environmental Protection and Human Rights (Cambridge University Press, New York 2011), a...

 

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Organismos Genéticamente Modificados (OGM) Y Justicia: Implicaciones De La Biotecnología Para La Justicia Ambiental Internacional, Revista Juridica Grado Cero (Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico) (2012)

En septiembre del 2006, un panel de resolución de controversias de la Organizacón Mundial del...

 

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The Global Food System, Environmental Protection, and Human Rights, Natural Resources and Environment (2012)

The global food system is exceeding ecological limits while failing to meet the nutritional needs...

 

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An Environmental Justice Critique of Comparative Advantage: Indigenous Peoples, Trade Policy, and the Mexican Neoliberal Economic Reforms, University of Pennsylvania Journal of International Law (2011)

The free market reforms adopted by Mexico in the wake of the debt crisis of...

 

Contributions to Books

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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...

 

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China's Engagement with Latin America: Partnership or Plunder?, NATURAL RESOURCES AND THE GREEN ECONOMY: REDEFINING THE CHALLENGES FOR PEOPLE, STATES AND CORPORATIONS (2012)

The emergence of China as a significant economic force in Latin America has sparked both...

 

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El liberalismo neoclásico , el libre mercado y sus críticos (with Colin Crawford and Daniel Bonilla Maldonado), Democracia, derecho y economía de mercado (2010)

The articles collected in this volume critically examine the hegemony of market fundamentalism in law,...