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Nathan D. Richardson

Title: Associate Professor of Law
School of Law
Phone: 803-777-9412

1525 Senate Street
Room 224
Columbia, SC 29208

Resources: CV [pdf]
Nathan Richardson


Nathan Richardson is an Associate Professor of Law at the University of South Carolina School of Law and a Visiting Fellow at Resources for the Future (RFF). Previously, he served as a Resident Scholar at RFF and managing editor of the blog Common Resources.

His areas of expertise and research encompass a wide range of environmental and energy issues, including U.S. climate policy (particularly regulation of greenhouse gases under the Clean Air Act), state and local regulation of oil and gas development (including hydraulic fracturing), the evolution of the electric utility sector, and the management of forests, particularly in the Southeast. Other interests include law and economics and European environmental and energy policy. His research has examined environmental liability, environmental federalism, and the relationship between law, regulatory institutions, and policy design.

Professor Richardson earned a B.S. from the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University and earned his J.D. cum laude from the University of Chicago, where he served as Articles Editor of the Chicago Journal of International Law. Professor Richardson is licensed to practice law in California and the District of Columbia.


  • Administrative Law (LAWS 709)
  • Climate Change Seminar (LAWS 734)
  • Energy Law (LAWS 826)
  • Environmental Law & Policy (LAWS 731)

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