Noah M. Sachs
Professor of Law
Director, Robert R. Merhige Jr. Center for Environmental Studies
Courses Taught Torts Environmental Law International Environmental Law Environmental Lawyering
Profile

Professor Noah Sachs is Director of the Law School's Robert R. Merhige, Jr. Center for Environmental Studies and teaches and writes in the areas of environmental law, torts, and administrative law. His scholarship, which focuses on climate change, toxic substance and hazardous waste regulation, and transboundary pollution, has appeared in the UCLA Law Review, Vanderbilt Law Review, and University of Illinois Law Review, among other venues, and his co-authored text, Regulation of Toxic Substances and Hazardous Waste, is the leading casebook on toxic substances regulation. Professor Sachs was awarded the University of Richmond's Distinguished Educator award in 2013, the highest recognition for teaching and scholarship on the faculty. He was also chosen as the University of Richmond's Outstanding Faculty nominee in the rising star category to the Virginia State Council of Higher Education in 2009. Professor Sachs was awarded a Fulbright grant to conduct research in India in the spring of 2014, where he focused on emerging environmental markets in India and the challenges of implementing market-oriented environmental reforms in developing countries. Professor Sachs has been a Member Scholar with the Center for Progressive Reform in Washington, D.C. since 2010.

Bar Admissions
Massachusetts
New York
Professional Experience
Professor and Faculty Director, Robert R. Merhige, Jr. Center for Environmental Studies (2012-present)
University of Richmond School of Law, Richmond, Va.
Associate Professor and Faculty Director, Robert R. Merhige, Jr. Center for Environmental Studies (2009-2012)
University of Richmond School of Law, Richmond, Va.
Assistant Professor of Law (2006-2009)
University of Richmond School of Law, Richmond, Va.
Lecturer (2004-2006)
Harvard Law School, Cambridge, Mass.
Adjunct Professor (Summer 2005)
Vermont Law School, South Royalton, Vt.
Guest Lecturer (2003-2004)
Tufts University, Boston, Mass.
Associate, Environmental Practice (2002-2004)
Foley Hoag LLP, Boston, Mass.
Associate, Environmental Practice (1999-2002)
Carter, Ledyard & Milburn, New York, N.Y.
Publications
Books

Co-Author, Regulation of Toxic Substances and Hazardous Wastes (Foundation Press, 2011).

Articles

Climate Change Triage, __ Envtl. Law __ (forthcoming 2014).

Can We Regulate Our Way to Energy Efficiency? Product Standards as Climate Policy, 65 Vand. L. Rev. 1631 (2012) (invited symposium article). [Journal] [SSRN] [L] [W] [HEIN]

Rescuing the Strong Precautionary Principle from its Critics, 2011 U. Ill. L. Rev. 1285 (2011). [Journal] [SSRN] [L] [W] [HEIN]

Registration, Evaluation, and Authorization of Chemicals, in Encyclopedia of Sustainability (2011).

Jumping the Pond: Transnational Law and the Future of Chemical Regulation, 62 Vand. L. Rev. 1817 (2009). [Journal] [SSRN] [L] [W] [HEIN]

Greening Demand: Energy Consumption and U.S. Climate Policy, 19 Duke Envtl. L. & Pol'y F. 295 (2009). [Journal] [SSRN] [L] [W] [HEIN]

Beyond the Liability Wall: Strengthening Tort Remedies in International Environmental Law, 55 UCLA L. Rev. 837 (2008). [Journal] [SSRN] [L] [W] [HEIN]

The Effluent of Affluence: Challenging the Cult of More-Is-Better, The Environmental Forum, November-December 2007, at 7 (review of McKibben, Deep Economy: The Wealth of Communities and the Durable Future).

Planning the Funeral at the Birth: Extended Producer Responsibility in the European Union and the United States, 30 Harv. Envtl. L. Rev. 51 (2006). [Journal] [SSRN] [L] [W] [HEIN]

Blocked Pathways: Potential Legal Responses to Endocrine Disrupting Chemicals, 24 Colum. J. Envtl. L. 289 (1999). [SSRN] [L] [W] [HEIN]

The Mescalero Apache Indians and Monitored Retrievable Storage of Spent Nuclear Fuel: A Study in Environmental Ethics, 36 Nat. Resources J. 641 (1996). [SSRN] [W] [HEIN]

Guest columnist, Writ legal commentary. [online]

Chapters

The Shift in Power in the European Union and its Consequences for Energy and the Environment, in International Environmental Law: A Practitioner's Guide To the Planet (American Bar Association, forthcoming 2014).

Blogs
Guest Blogger, PrawfsBlawg website
Additional Publications

The Trash Tourist: A Deep Dive into the Garbage Crisis in India – and the United States, The Atlantic (forthcoming, May 2014).

Op-Ed, "Chemical Spill a Wake-Up Call for Virginia," Richmond Times-Dispatch, January 22, 2014.

"When It REINS It Pours," The New Republic Online, February 10, 2011

In the News

Crude oil spilled from train may be in James River mud (Richmond Times-Dispatch, The Roanoke Times)
Wed., May. 7, 2014

EPA still trying to clean state's Superfund sites (Richmond Times-Dispatch, The Roanoke Times)
Sat., Apr. 5, 2014

Virginia water supplies so far unaffected by Dan River coal ash spill (Richmond Times-Dispatch, Water Environment Federation)
Sat., Feb. 8, 2014

Murphy: Reversing Virginia's toxic legacy (The Virginian-Pilot)
Fri., Feb. 7, 2014

Undermanned And Limited, Chemical Safety Board Confronts A Crisis (NPR)
Mon., Feb. 3, 2014

Fatal chemical accidents expose weak federal laws (USA Today, Daily Record)
Tue., Jan. 28, 2014

Va. urged to toughen toxic-chemical laws (Richmond Times-Dispatch)
Sun., Jan. 19, 2014

W.Va. chemical spill poses a new test for lawmakers (The Washington Post, The Oregonian, Norwich Bulletin, Charleston Daily Mail, The Tribune-Review)
Sun., Jan. 19, 2014

Obama's Plan to Bypass Congress: Big Talk, Little Action (The Fiscal Times)
Wed., Aug. 7, 2013

Don't Undercut Consumer Financial Protection Agencies: Independence (Richmond Times-Dispatch)
Mon., Nov. 26, 2012

Agenda 21: Fact, Not Conspiracy (WND)
Fri., Mar. 23, 2012

Agenda 21: plot or paranoia? (Richmond Times-Dispatch)
Sun., Mar. 18, 2012

Urgent overhaul of bisphenol A regs needed to protect public - report (FoodProductionDaily.com)
Tue., Jan. 31, 2012

Little Progress on Regulating BPA, Report Finds (ConsumerAffairs)
Fri., Jan. 27, 2012

Federal regulators have failed to act on toxic chemical, report says (The Center for Public Integrity)
Thu., Jan. 26, 2012

Report faults regulators for failing to crack down on BPA (E&E News)
Thu., Jan. 26, 2012


Education
B.A., Brown University 1993
M.P.P., Princeton University, Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs 1999
J.D., Stanford Law School 1999
Contact Information
(804) 289-8555
(804) 289-8683 (Fax)
Areas of Expertise
Environmental Law and International Environmental Law
Toxic Substances and Hazardous Waste Regulation
Climate Change
Transboundary Pollution