David A. Wirth joined the faculty of the Boston College Law School in 1999 and serves as Director of International Programs. His areas of research and teaching include public international law, environmental law, and administrative law. From 1990 to 1998 Professor Wirth was a member of the faculty at Washington and Lee University School of Law in Lexington, Va., and since 1992 has served on the summer session faculty at the Environmental Law Center at Vermont Law School in South Royalton, Vt. He has also taught at Harvard and Oxford Universities, the University of Virginia, and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. As a Fulbright Scholar at the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe Regional Research Program in 1996-97, Professor Wirth researched environment as a security issue. His other professional experience includes serving as director of the Trade, Health, and Environment Program of the Community Nutrition Institute in Washington, D.C.; senior attorney at the National Resources Defense Council; and attorney adviser, Office of the Legal Adviser, U.S.Dept. of State. A life member of the Council on Foreign Relations, Professor Wirth currently has served on the National Advisory Committee to the U.S. Representative to the Commission for Environmental Cooperation and the Environmental Advisory Council to the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development. A graduate of Yale Law School, Professor Wirth was editor of the Yale Journal of World Public Order. He served as law clerk to Judge William H. Timbers, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, New York, and has been admitted to the bar in New York and the District of Columbia.
The World Trade Organization Dispute Over Genetically Modified Organisms: The Precautionary Principle Meets International Trade Law, Vermont Law Review (2013)
“Precaution” is increasingly accepted as a basis for governmental policy in the areas of public...
Engineering the Climate: Geoengineering as a Challenge to International Governance, Boston College Environmental Affairs Law Review (2013)
The challenge of global climate change has attracted recommendations for remediation from a number of...
Book Review, The Law of Adaptation to Climate Change: U.S. and International Aspects, Anthem EnviroExperts Review (2013)
A World of Choices, New Zealand Journal of Public and International Law (2013)
In this keynote address, David Wirth identifies fundamental and dynamic attributes of globalisation, examines the...
Book Review, Environmental Law and Sustainability after Rio, Anthem EnviroExperts Review (2012)
Review of an accessible collection of essays from around the world, offering insights into legal...
Environmental Law and Policy: Nature, Law and Society (with Zygmunt J.B. Plater, Robert H. Abrams, Robert L. Graham, Lisa Heinzerling, and Noah D. Hall), Zygmunt J.B. Plater (2010)
This user-friendly book - noted for its comprehensive legal process approach to the depth and...
Environmental Law and Policy: Nature, Law, and Society (with Zygmunt J. B. Plater) (2010)
Environmental Law and Policy: Nature, Law, and Society (with Zygmunt J. B. Plater) (2004)
Contributions to Books
The President, the Environment, and Foreign Policy: The Globalization of Environmental Politics, The Presidency and the Environment: The Twentieth Century and Beyond (2012)
International Trade Law: CLI Background Paper No. 10, Recalibrating the Laws of Humans with the Law of nature: Climate Change, Human Rights, and Intergenerational Justice (2009)
Make Trade Rules Attuned to the Ecological Needs and Interests of Future Generations: CLI Recommendation No. 15, Recalibrating the Laws of Humans with the Law of Nature: Climate Change, Human Rights, and Intergenerational Justice (2009)
This recommendation observes that international trade agreements as currently structured do not establish minimum standards...
Un regard extérieur: Back Impact of European Union Legislation on American Environmental Regulations, Les échanges entre les droits, l'expérience communautaire: Une lecture des phénomènes de régionalisation et de mondialisation du droit (2008)
Hazardous Substances and Activities, Oxford Handbook of International Environmental Law (2007)
This piece analyzes and critically evaluates the enormous number and variety of international instruments addressing...
Selected Professional Activities
How Safe is That Shrimp? The Food Safety Modernization Act, University of Georgia School of Law (2013)
Series Editor, Anthem Sustainabilitiy and Risk Series, Anthem Press (2012)
Uncertainty, precaution and risk are inextricably linked with each other, and with the public policy...
Combat Strategies and the Law of War in the Age of Terrorism, Filling Power Vacuums in the New Global Legal Order (2012)
Analysis of the need for new rules of engagement and a modified understanding of the...