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About Carmen G. Gonzalez

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 U.S. Supreme Court Fellow. She has taught in Seattle University's summer abroad programs in Brazil and Guatemala (in consortium with other law schools), and worked on a portion of a Higher Education for Development/U.S. Agency for International Development grant to build environmental law capacity among law professors in Central America. In 2017, Professor Gonzalez served as the George Soros Visiting Chair at the Central European University School of Public Policy in Budapest, Hungary and as the Norton Rose Fulbright Distinguished Visiting Professor at the University of Houston Law Center. She has been selected as Vermont Law School's Distinguished International Environmental Law Scholar for Summer 2019.

Professor Gonzalez is active in a variety of professional organizations. She is past chair of the Environmental Law Section of the Association of American Law Schools. She currently serves on the Board of Trustees of Earthjustice and on the Governing Board of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Academy of Environmental Law. Professor Gonzalez is 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 also 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.  Professor Gonzalez is co-editor of the critically acclaimed book, Presumed Incompetent: The Intersections of Race and Class for Women in Academia (Utah State University Press, 2012) as well as  International Environmental Law and the Global South (Cambridge University Press, 2015.  Her most recent book, Energy Justice: US and International Perspectives, was published by Edward Elgar in 2018.


Present Professor of Law, Seattle University

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Seattle University School of Law
901 12th Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122


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