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Introducing Katrina Wyman

Assistant Professor of Law

Photo of Katrina WymanOriginally published in the 2002 issue of the Law School magazine.

Katrina Wyman is an accomplished young scholar who is committed to contributing to the Law School’s widely recognized strengths in the areas of property and environmental law. Wyman’s various academic interests include environmental and natural resources law and policy, the regulatory process, and the implications of international trade agreements for domestic environmental regulation.

Wyman is currently working on a series of case studies that consider why government regulators turn to property rights and markets to regulate environmental and natural resources. She recently completed an article examining why other countries have been considerably slower than the United States to establish markets to regulate pollution. An ideological predisposition toward property rights and markets in general in the U.S. is often cited as the reason the U.S. has been quicker to embrace markets to regulate pollution—whereas other countries seem less comfortable with these concepts. But Wyman offers an alternative explanation, which emphasizes the importance of the costs of regulation for the choice of instrument. Wyman’s next project explores another paradox in the field of environmental and natural resources law: why the U.S. has been considerably slower than other countries to use market mechanisms to regulate commercial fisheries.

A graduate of the University of Toronto and Yale Law School, Wyman is looking forward to participating in NYU Law’s dynamic intellectual life. She comes to the Law School after having been a Research Fellow on the University of Toronto Faculty of Law in 2001-2002, where she focused on environmental regulation.

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