Jody Freeman is the Archibald Cox Professor of Law and the founding director of the Harvard Law School Environmental & Energy Law Program. She is a leading scholar of both administrative law and environmental law, and has written extensively on federal agency regulation, climate change, energy and environmental policy, and executive authority. Professor Freeman is one  of the most cited academics in public law across the nation.  


Scholar. Public policy expert. Strategic advisor. Commentator. 


In addition to her role at Harvard Law School, Professor Freeman is an independent director of ConocoPhillips, where she chairs the Public Policy Committee. She also serves on the advisory council of the Electric Power Research Institute, and is a newly elected member of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences. Professor Freeman can be heard regularly on NPR, and has written for the New York Times, Wall Street JournalGuardian, Los Angeles Times, Politico, Vox and Foreign Affairs.



Featured op-eds


2 Aug 2018

Trump's Biggest Climate Move Yet is Bad for Everyone

New York Times – Jody Freeman


18 Jan 2017

If Trump wants to dismantle Obama's EPA rules, here are all the obstacles he'll face

VOX – Brad Plumer in Conversation with Jody Freeman 


26 Mar 2016

Obama’s Climate Challenge

Foreign Affairs Op-Ed – Jody Freeman



Featured Articles


The Uncomfortable Convergence of Energy and Environmental Law

Harvard Environmental Review – Volume 41


Old Statutes, New Problems

University of Pennsylvania Law Review, Volume 163