Richard B. Stewart

Richard Stewart is Director of NYU’s Center on Environmental, Energy and Land Use Law, and is an internationally recognized scholar in environmental law and policy, and administrative law and regulation.

Richard B. Stewart

University Professor
John E. Sexton Professor of Law
Director, Guarini Center on Environmental and Land Use Law

New York University



B.A. Yale University
M.A. Oxford University
LLB Harvard University

Research Interests

  • Nuclear waste regulatory law and policy
  • Economic incentives for environmental protection
  • Climate law
  • Global administrative law

Brief Biography

Richard B. Stewart is University Professor and John Edward Sexton Professor of Law at New York University, and Director of NYU’s Center on Environmental, Energy and Land Use Law.  He is an internationally recognized scholar in environmental law and policy and administrative law and regulation. His current research interests include nuclear waste regulatory law and policy; global regulation and administrative law, the use of economic incentives for environmental protection, international and domestic climate change regulatory policy, and the precautionary principle of environmental regulation. He has been extensively involved in climate policy issues and in environmental law reform projects in China and Central and Eastern Europe.

During 1989-1991 Stewart served as Assistant Attorney General for Environment and Natural Resources at the U.S. Department of Justice, where he led the prosecution of Exxon for the Exxon Valdez Oil Spill and the development of the U.S. position on the 1992 Framework Convention on Climate Change. Prior to joining the Justice Department, he taught at the Harvard Law School and Kennedy School of Government for 18 years, and practiced law with the Washington D.C. firm of Covington & Burling. He also served as Special Counsel to the Senate Watergate Committee and as a law clerk to Justice Potter Stewart of the U.S. Supreme Court.  He was formerly Chairman and currently serves as Advisory Trustee of Environmental Defense Fund. Stewart was a Rhodes Scholar, and is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the American Law Institute. He holds honorary degrees from the University of Rome “La Sapienza” and Erasmus University, Rotterdam.

CRESP Projects

  • Remediation, Near Surface Disposal & Long Term Stewardship
  • Nuclear Waste Management Policy and Strategy
  • Oak Ridge Groundwater Remediation and Waste Management
  • Support for DOE-Environmental Management Regulatory Integration Initiatives


Stewart R. and Stewart J (2014) Solving the Spent Nuclear Fuel Impasse, N.Y.U. Envir. L. J. 1:121

Stewart, R and Stewart J. (2011) Fuel Cycle to Nowhere? U.S. Law and Policy on Nuclear Waste (Vanderbilt University Press)

Schoenbrod D., Stewart R., Wyman K. (2010) Breaking the Logjam: Environmental Protection that Will Work (Yale University Press))(paper ed. 2012)

Stewart R. (2008) U.S. Nuclear Waste Law and Policy: Fixing a Bankrupt System, N.Y.U. Envir. L. J 783 16: 783- 825

Committee Service

CRESP Management Committee

Honors and Awards

  • Jurisprudence (honorary), University of Rome, 2005
  • Jurisprudence (honorary), Erasmus University Rotterdam, 1993
  • Rhodes Scholar, Oxford University, 1961
  • John Randolph Award for Distinguished Service, U.S Department of Justice 1991

Additional Information

Detailed profile – New York University Law

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