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Amy Sinden

Temple University Beasley School of Law

1719 N. Broad St.
Philadelphia, PA19122

Amy Sinden is a Professor of Law at the Temple University Beasley School of Law and on the board of directors of the Center for Progressive Reform, She writes and teaches in the areas of environmental, climate, and natural resources law. She has written about the misuse of economic theory in environmental law and about the application of classical human rights norms to climate change and other environmental conflicts. Her articles have appeared in a number of academic books and journals, including the Iowa Law Review, the Harvard Environmental Law Review, and have twice been selected for the Land Use and Environmental Law Reviews annual compilation of the five best environmental law articles of the year. She has also published in a number of popular news outlets, including The American Prospect and The Hill. Prof. Sinden received her B.A. from Swarthmore College and her J.D. summa cum laude from the University of Pennsylvania Law School. Before joining the Temple faculty in 2001, she practiced law for 10 years, including representing citizens groups in Clean Water Act and endangered species litigation with Earthjustice and PennFuture.

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EPA Region:
Region 3 – (DE, MD, PA, VA, WV & 7 federally recognized tribes)
Year of induction:
B.A. Swarthmore College, 1984 J.D. U. Pennsylvania, 1991
Pennsylvania Washington (inactive)
Professional Societies and Organizations:
Center for Progressive Reform Temple University Center for Sustainable Communities Lawyers for Climate Action
Representative Publications:
The Problem of Unquantified Benefits, 49 ENVTL. L. 73 (2019) (republished in Volume 51 of the Land Use and Environmental Law Review as one of the four best environmental law articles of 2020). The Cost-Benefit Boomerang, THE AMERICAN PROSPECT (July 25, 2019). A Human Rights Framework for the Anthropocene, GLOBAL CLIMATE CONSTITUTIONALISM (Jordi Jaria i Manzano & Susana Borras Pentinat, eds., Elgar 2019). A Cost-Benefit State--Reports of Its Birth Have Been Greatly Exaggerated, 46 ENVTL. L. REP. 10933 (2016)