Gonzalez, Carmen

Professor of Law, Seattle University School of Law, USA

Carmen joined the Seattle University faculty in 1999, teaching torts, environmental law, and international trade law. She has published extensively in the areas of international environmental law, environmental justice, trade and the environment, and food security.

In addition to writing about international environmental problems, Carmen has been actively involved in the development of solutions through teaching, institutional capacity-building, and training of environmental law scholars, lawyers, judges, and other officials. She has taught and/or worked on environmental law projects in Mexico, Chile, Brazil, Guatemala, Argentina, Ukraine, Moldova, and China. She was a Fulbright Scholar in Argentina, a Visiting Fellow at Cambridge University in the United Kingdom, a Visiting Professor at the Hopkins-Nanjing Center in Nanjing, China, and a Fellow at the US Supreme Court. She has created summer study opportunities in Brazil and Guatemala for Seattle University law students, and is part of a consortium of law professors that was awarded a three year grant from Higher Education for Development/US Agency for International Development to conduct environmental law capacity-building workshops for law professors in Guatemala, Nicaragua, and the Dominican Republic.

Carmen is active in a variety of professional organisations. She is Chair of the Environmental Law Section of the Association of American Law Schools, a member of the Research Committee of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Academy of Environmental Law, and a member scholar of the Center for Progressive Reform, a non-profit research and educational organization of university-affiliated academics that seeks to inform policy debates regarding environmental regulation. She has also served as member and vice-chair of the International Subcommittee of the National Environmental Justice Advisory Council (an advisory body to the US Environmental Protection Agency on environmental justice issues), and has represented non-governmental organisations in multilateral environmental treaty negotiations.

After graduating from Yale University and Harvard Law School, Carmen clerked for Judge Thelton E Henderson of the US District Court for the Northern District of California, and subsequently practiced law at Pillsbury, Madison and Sutro, where she specialised in environmental litigation. She later served as an attorney at Pacific Gas and Electric Company and as Assistant Regional Counsel in the San Francisco office of the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Her responsibilities at EPA included enforcement of US hazardous waste laws and participation in joint activities between the United States and Mexico to address environmental problems along the US-Mexican border.


Seattle University School of Law
Location: SLLH-457
Phone: (206) 398.4067
E-mail: gonzalez@seattleu.edu

Curriculum Vitae


  • B.A., magna cum laude, Yale University, 1985
  • J.D., cum laude, Harvard Law School, 1988
  • Clerk to Judge Thelton E. Henderson, U.S. District Court, Northern District of California

You can find out more about her research activities through SSRN