Richard Stewart

Faculty Director of the Guarini Center, University Professor Richard Stewart’s recent work focuses on climate, nuclear waste and global administrative law. Stewart continues his research on alternative strategies for climate change action, particularly on the development of a new “building block” strategy of sectoral climate action among a limited number of governments, firms, and civil society organizations that will have the effect (but not necessarily the aim) of reducing greenhouse gas emissions. This approach is designed to fill the void created by the failure of UNFCCC negotiations to produce a treaty and stimulate progress in mitigation and build webs of trust that will support eventual development of a treaty. He has recently published two articles with Michael Oppenheimer and Bryce Rudyk—Building Blocks for Global Climate Protection, 32(2) Stanford Envtl. L. J. (2013) and A New Strategy for Global Climate Protection, 120 Climate Change 1 (2013)—and will convene a workshop of academic and policy practitioners at NYU in December 2013 to examine the idea presented in the papers.

Following on his recent book, Fuel Cycle to Nowhere: U.S. Law and Policy on Nuclear Waste, co-authored with Jane Stewart ’79, which provides the first comprehensive history and account of U.S. nuclear waste law and policy and recommends significant changes in existing laws and institutions, the NYU Environmental Law Journal will shortly publish an article by the Stewarts, Solving the Spent Nuclear Fuel Impasse, 19 N.Y.U. Envtl. L.J. (forthcoming). The article addresses how the country can deal with the ever growing stockpiles of wastes at nuclear power plants in light of post-Fukushima concerns about storage safety and the continuing political impasses over development of a repository for waste disposal. The article recommends development of consolidated interim storage facilities of spent nuclear fuel as  a necessary and desirable measure, and details a strategy for doing so.

Stewart also continues his work on Global Administrative Law, with a focus on the governance of global regulation in environmental and other fields. He is currently working on a major book on Global Administrative Law with NYU Professor Benedict Kingsbury that will be published by Oxford University Press. Also with Benedict Kingsbury, he recently published, “Administrative Tribunals of International Organizations from the Perspective of the Emerging Global Administrative Law” in “The Development and Effectiveness of International Administrative Law” (Olufemi Elias, ed. 2012).

Professor Stewart will teach Environmental Law and Global Governance in the fall and Climate Change Policy and the International Environmental Law Clinic in the spring.