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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 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 chaired 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 UniversityPress, 2012).  Her most recent book, International Environmental Law and the Global South, was published by Cambridge University Press in 2015.


Present Professor of Law, Seattle University

Curriculum Vitae

Research Interests

International Environmental Law, Environmental Justice, Food Security, International Trade Law, and Law and Development

Contact Information

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


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