Jody Freeman

Jody Freeman is the Archibald Cox Professor of Law at Harvard Law School.  She is the leading scholar of administrative and environmental law and the founding director of the Harvard Law School Environmental Law and Policy Program.  Freeman served in the White House as Counselor for Energy and Climate Change from 2009 to 2010.  In that role, she contributed to a variety of policy initiatives on energy and climate issues, including renewable energy, energy efficiency, greenhouse gas regulation, and the pursuit of comprehensive energy and climate legislation that would put a market-based cap on carbon emissions. She played a key role in the negotiation of the historic national auto agreement, which set the first ever greenhouse gas standards for cars and trucks.

Freeman is also a prominent scholar of administrative law and regulation, and a leading thinker on collaborative and contractual approaches to governance. Her major works in administrative law include The Private Role in Public Governance 75 NYU L. Rev. 543 (2000) (for which she received the annual scholarship award from the American Bar Association’s Section on Administrative Law and Regulatory Practice for the single best article in the nation on administrative law), Extending Public Law Norms Through Privatization, 116 Harv. L. Rev.1285 (2003), the Contracting State, 28 FLA. St. U. L. Rev 155 (2001), Regulatory Negotiation and the Legitimacy Benefit, 9 NYU Env’l L. Rev. 60 (2001) (with Langbein), and Collaborative Governance in the Administrative State, 45 UCLA L. Rev 1 (1997). She has also written extensively on the dynamic between Congress and Executive agencies


  • Archibald Cox Professor of Law, Harvard Law School
  • Counselor (2009-2010), White House Office of Energy and Climate Change