Richard Revesz

After stepping down as the dean of New York University’s School of Law on May 31, 2013, Professor Richard Revesz, remains a tenured member of the law school faculty, as Lawrence King Professor of Law and Dean Emeritus. He is currently on a year-long sabbatical, which he will use primarily to write a book on the failures of U.S. environmental policy. When he returns from his sabbatical, Revesz will continue to teach in the environmental and administrative law areas, including the Regulatory Policy Clinic, which he co-founded.

In early 2013, Revesz and Michael Livermore, ’06, published a new book, The Globalization of Cost-Benefit Analysis in Environmental Policy. A follow up to their 2008 title, Retaking Rationality: How Cost-Benefit Analysis Can Better Protect the Environment and Our Health, the new work uses case studies to show the utility and the need for cost-benefit analysis in making challenging environmental decisions around the globe.

Revesz, along with Kirti Datla ’12, co-authored, “Deconstructing Independent Agencies (And Executive Agencies),” a scholarly work that advances a new understanding of administrative agencies from which flows a new and simpler theory of presidential control of agencies. The article was published in the Cornell Law Review.

With Livermore, Revesz this year published “Regulatory Review, Capture, and Agency Inaction,” in the Georgetown Law Journal. The article examines the role of capture in providing a normative foundation for regulatory review of administrative action and establishes a reform agenda to help bring the practice of review in line with their anti-capture justification. A related piece will be published as the chapter “Can Executive Review Help Prevent Capture?,” in Daniel Carpenter and David A. Moss’s forthcoming book, Preventing Regulatory Capture: Special Interest Influence and How to Limit It.

Also with Livermore, Revesz completed an article on the Clean Air Act’s National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS), which will be published in the New York University Law Review. Titled, “Rethinking Health-Based Environmental Standards,” shows that the prohibition of the consideration of costs in setting NAAQS has generally led to standards that are less stringent than those that would result from the application of cost-benefit analysis.

Last summer, Revesz assumed the sole directorship of the Institute for Policy Integrity, the think tank and advocacy organization he co-founded in 2008 and led since then with Livermore. Livermore, the founding executive director, left Policy Integrity to become a law professor at the University of Virginia, and now serves as a Senior Advisor to Policy Integrity.

Revesz continues to serve on the National Academy of Sciences’ Committee on Science, Technology, and Law, as well as a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and a member of the American Law Institute, the Council on Foreign Relations, and the Administrative Conference of the United States.