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 Peter M. Manus

Peter M. Manus

Professor of Law and Co-Director, Center for Law and Social Responsibility


(617) 422 7265

B.A. Dartmouth College
J.D. Cornell Law School

Professor Manus teaches Administrative Law, Contemporary Property Concepts, Environmental Advocacy, Environmental Justice, Environmental Law, Environmental Theory and Politics, and Property. He directs the Environmental Advocacy Project for the law school’s Center for Law and Social Responsibility. He joined the New England Law faculty in 1992 after serving as an associate at the Boston law firms of Goodwin, Procter and Peabody & Arnold. He has written numerous articles analyzing the environmental movement and is coauthor of several books on environmental law. He regularly engages in environmental projects on a pro bono basis, often with the assistance of interested students.

Selected Publications

Five Against the Environment, 44 New Eng. L. Rev. 221 (2010)

Seems Like Old Times: The Supreme Court's Conservative Turn in 2008-2009, 1 Geo. Wash. J. Energy & Envtl. L. 40 (2010)

Bhopal, Precaution and the Boston Biolab, 42 New Eng. L. Rev. 847 (2008)

Indigenous Peoples' Environmental Rights: Evolving Common Law Perspectives in Canada, Australia and the United States, 33 B.C. Envtl. Aff. L. Rev. 1(2006).

Our Environmental Rebels: An Average American Law Professor's Perspective on Environmental Advocacy and the Law, 40 N. Eng. L. Rev. 499 (2006)

Sovereignty, Self-Determination, and Environment-Based Cultures: The Emerging Voice of Indigenous Peoples in International Law 23 Wis. Int'l L.J. 533 (2005)

To a Candidate in Search of an Environmental Theme: Preach Environmental Restoration -- Promote the Public Trust, 19 Stanford Envtl. L. J. 315 (2000).

The Blackbird Whistling – The Silence Just After: Evaluating the Environmental Legacy of Justice Blackmun,85 Iowa L. Rev. 429 (2000).

Introduction to the Symposium: A Declaration Against the New Environmental Initiatives, 33 New Eng. L. Rev. 615 (1999).

Wild Bill Douglas's Last Stand: A Retrospective on the First Supreme Court Environmentalist, 72 Temp. L. Rev. 111 (1999).

One Hundred Years of Green: A Legal Perspective on Three Twentieth Century Nature Philosophers, 59 U. Pitt. L. Rev. 557 (1998).

The Owl, the Indian, the Feminist and the Brother: Environmentalism Encounters the Social Justice Movements, 23 B.C. Envtl. Aff. L. Rev. 249 (1996).

Natural Resource Damages from Rachel Carson's Perspective: A Rite of Spring in American Environmentalism, 37 Wm. & Mary L. Rev. 381 (1996).

Federalism Under Siege at the Rocky Mountain Arsenal: Preemption and CERCLA after United States v. Colorado, 19 Colum. J. Envtl. L. 327 (1994).

Clearing Muddy Waters: Anatomy of the Comprehensive General Liability Pollution Exclusion, 75 Cornell L. Rev. 610 (1990) (with Nancer Ballard).

Professor Manus can comment on the following subjects: