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Florida State University



Shi-Ling Hsu

Shi-Ling Hsu

D'Alemberte Professor and Associate Dean for Environmental Programs

Florida State University College of Law
Advocacy Center, Room A227C
Phone: 850.644.0726
Fax: 850.644.7282


Ph.D., Agricultural and Resource Economics, University of California at Davis, 1998
M.S., Ecology, University of California, Davis, 1994 
J.D., Columbia Law School, 1987
B.S., Electrical Engineering, Columbia University, 1983

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Professor Shi-Ling Hsu is an expert in the areas of environmental and natural resource law, climate change, law and economics, and property. He has published in a wide variety of legal journals and recently published a book, The Case for a Carbon Tax: Getting Past our Hang-ups to Effective Climate Policy (Island Press 2011).

Prior to entering academia, Hsu was a senior attorney and economist for the Environmental Law Institute in Washington, D.C. He also practiced law in California, both as a deputy city attorney for the City and County of San Francisco and as an associate attorney with the firm of Fenwick & West in Palo Alto. He teaches Property and Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Climate Change.

Select Recent Publications

Carbon Taxes, in Global Climate Law (D. Farber & M. Peeters, editors) (Edward Elgar 2016)

International Market Mechanisms,
in The Oxford Handbook of International Climate Change Law (C. Carlarne, editor) (2016)

British Columbia [Climate Change Policy and Law]
(with Tony Crossman), in The Law of Climate Change (Dennis Mahony, editor) (3d ed., Canada Law Books 2014)

Inefficient Inequality, __ Ind. J. L. & Soc. Eq. __ (forthcoming 2016)

Scale Economies, Scale Externalities: Hog Farming and the Changing
American Agricultural Industry
, 94 Or. L. Rev. 23 (2015)

Environmental Law Without Congress: Introduction, 30 J. Land Use. & Envtl. L. 1 (2015)

The Rise and Rise of the One Percent: Considering the Legal Causes of Wealth Inequality, 64 Emory L.J. Online 2043 (2015)

Climate Change Regulation and Prediction Markets, 37 Regulation 34 (2014)

The Accidental Postmodernists: A New Era of Skepticism in Environmental Law, 39 Vt. L. Rev. 27 (2014)

A Cost-Benefit Analysis of Sugary Drink Regulation in New York City, 10 J. Food L. & Pol’y 75 (2014)

Capital Rigidities, Latent Externalities, 51 Hous. L. Rev. 719 (2014)

A Conservative Approach to Environmental Law: Be Data Driven, 23 Duke Envtl. L. & Pol’y F. 281 (2013)

International Trade and Investment Law and Carbon Management Technologies (with Nigel Bankes, Anatole Boute, Steven Charnovitz, Sarah McCalla, Nicholas Rivers & Liz Whitsitt), 53 Nat. Resources J. 285 (2013)

Politics and Climate Change: What Impedes a Carbon Tax?, 36 Regulation 48 (2013)

Why Conservatives Should Support a Carbon Tax (with Yoram Bauman), 30 Envtl. F. 26 (2013)

Assessing “Dangerous Climate Change”: Required Reductions of Carbon Emissions to Protect Young People, Future Generations and Nature (with James Hansen, Pushker Kharecha, Makiko Sato, Valerie Masson-Delmotte, Frank Ackerman, David J. Beerling, Paul J. Hearty, Ove Hoegh-Guldberg, Camille Parmesan, Johan Rockstrom, Eelco J. Rohling, Jeffrey Sachs, Pete Smith, Konrad Steffen, Lise Van Susteren, Karina von Schuckmann, James C. Zachos) 8 PLOS ONE e81648 (2013)