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USC Gould is a top-ranked law school with a 120-year history and reputation for academic excellence. We are located on the beautiful 228-acre USC University Park Campus, just south of downtown Los Angeles.
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Christopher D. Stone
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It is with great sadness that we share news of the passing of Professor Christopher D. Stone, the J. Thomas McCarthy Trustee Chair in Law, Emeritus. Widely admired as an innovator and an authority in environmental law, he leaves an incredible legacy of interdisciplinary scholarship and education, along with an enduring imprint as an inspirational peer mentor. View the dean’s message and his obituary in The Washington Post.
Christopher D. Stone is an authority on environmental and global issues, including international environmental law, environmental ethics, and trade and the environment. He taught Property, Globalization, Rights of Groups, and International Environmental Law.
A magna cum laude graduate of Harvard, Stone received a JD from Yale Law School. He was Fellow in Law and Economics at the University of Chicago and practiced law at Cravath, Swaine & Moore in New York before joining the USC Law faculty in 1965. He has taught at University of Michigan Law School and Yale Law School. His recent publications include “Common but Differentiated Responsibilities in International Law” (American Journal of International Law, 2004), “The Environment in Wartime: An Overview” in The Environmental Consequences of War: Legal, Economic, and Scientific Perspectives (Cambridge University Press, 2000) and Should Trees Have Standing?: And Other Essays on Law, Morals & the Environment (25th anniversary ed., Oceana, 1996).
Stone has written and researched in a variety of areas, including legal philosophy, white collar and corporate crime, alternate energy policy, climate change, biodiversity, ocean policy, and trade law. He is past Chairman of the Committee on Law and Humanities of the Association of American Law Schools, and has served on or worked under the auspices of a variety of governmental agencies including the President's Commission on Communications Policy, the Energy Research and Development Administration, the National Institute of Mental Health, the National Science Foundation, the Department of Energy, and the United States Sentencing Commission as well as the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research. In preparation for the Rio Earth Summit (1992 UNCED) Conference, Stone served as Rapporteur for the American Bar Association in shaping the ABA’s Resolutions on International Law of the Environment. He served as an advisor to the Foundation for International Environmental Law and Development (London), and the Center for International Environmental Law (Washington D.C.)
- Should Trees have Standing? And Other Essays on Law, Morals and the Environment (Oceana Publications, 1996)
- The Gnat is Older than Man: Global Environment and Human Agenda, (Princeton U. Press, 1993); (paperback 1995)
- Earth and Other Ethics, Harper & Row, New York (1975); Colophon Books (1976)
- Where the Law Ends: The Social Control of Corporate Behavior, Harper & Row, New York (1975); Colophon Books (1976)
- Should Trees Have Standing?--Toward Legal Rights for Natural Objects, William Kaufmann, San Francisco (1974);Revised Edition, Avon Books, New York (1975); Second revised edition, Tioga Books, (1988). [German Translation with Epilogue: i>Umvelt vor Gericht: Die Eigenrechte der Natur, Trickster Verlag, Munich (1987; rev'd ed. 1992)]
- Law, Language & Ethics (with William R. Bishin), Foundation Press, Mineola (1972).
Articles and Book Chapters
- “Is Environmentalism Dead?,” 38 Environmental Law 19 (2008). - (Hein)
- “Ethics and International Environmental Law,” Handbook for International Environmental Law (Dan Bodansky, Jutta Brunnée and Ellen Hey, eds., (Oxford U. Press 2007).
- “Common but Differentiated Responsibilities in International Law,” 98 Am. J. Int'l Law 276 (2004). - (Hein)
- “Do Morals Matter?: The Influence of Ethics on Courts and Congress in Shaping U.S. Environmental Policies,” 37 U.C. Davis L. Rev. 13 (2003) and (simultaneously) 27 Environs 13 (Fall 2003). - (Hein)
- “Is There a Precautionary Principle?,” 31 Environmental Law Reporter 10790 (2001).
- “The Environment in Wartime: An Overview” in Jay Austin and Carl Bruch, eds. The Environmental Consequences of War: Legal Economic and Scientific Perspectives. (Cambridge U. Press 2000).
- “Whaling and its Critics,” R. Friedheim, ed. Toward a Sustainable Whaling Regime, (U. of Washington Press, 2000).
- “Agriculture and the Environment” in A.H. Benjamin and J.C.M. Sicoli, eds. Agricultura e Meio Ambiente (Imprensa Oficial, Sao Paulo 2000).
- “Land Use and Biodiversity,” 27 Ecology Law Quarterly 967 2001. (Symposium: “Environment 2000: New Issues for a New Century.”)
- "Agriculture and the Environment: Challenges for the New Millennium," 5 Revista De Direito Ambiental (outubro-dezembro) 9 (2000).
- “Can the Oceans be Harbored?: A Four Step Plan for the 21st Century,” 9 Review of European Community and International Environmental Law 9 37 (1999).
- “Biological Assets in Law and Economics” in L.D. Guruswamy and J. A McNeely, eds. Protection of Biodiversity: Converging Strategies (Duke University Press 1998).
- “The Maladies in Global Fisheries: Do Trade Laws Hold Some Remedies?” in Final Report, Japan-United States Collaboration on Trade and the Environment (New Haven, 1998).
- "The Crisis in Global Fisheries: Can Trade Laws Provide a Cure?," 24 Environmental Conservation 97 (1997).
- "Too Many Fishing Boats, Too Few Fish: Can Trade Laws Trim Subsidies and Restore the Balance in Global Fishing?,” 24 Ecology Law Quarterly 505 (1997). - (Hein)
FACULTY IN THE NEWS
Dean Andrew Guzman was quoted about the USC Gould JD Class Of 2025. “This is an important time to be studying law, as there is no profession that is more essential to the success of democracy,” he said. “Even the smallest legal changes can affect the lives of so many.”
"Legal Positivism for Legal Officials," Canadian Journal of Law and Jurisprudence.
"Tribal Water Rights and Tribal Health: The Klamath Tribes and the Navajo Nation During the COVID-19 Pandemic," St. Louis University Journal of Health Law & Policy (Forthcoming 2023).
"Remembering the Ocean in Water Law," chapter for A Research Agenda for Water Law.