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Peter M. Manus
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Areas of Expertise
  • Indigenous Peoples' Rights
  • Public Interest
  • Property Law
  • Lawyering Skills
  • Environmental Law and Justice
  • Civil Rights
  • Civil Litigation
  • American Indian Law

Peter M. Manus

Professor of Law


JD, Cornell Law School
BA, Dartmouth College

Professional Background

Professor Manus teaches Administrative Law, Constitutional Law, Environmental Law, Environmental Advocacy, and Land Use. 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

Justice Gorsuch's Crusade: The Untouchable Power of Religion, Boston University Public Interest Law Journal (2019)

Justice Scalia's Environmental Legacy: A Contextual Analysis, 265 Virginia Environmental Law Journal (2017)

Kivalina at the Supreme Court: A Lost Opportunity for Federal Common Law, 8 Pittsburgh Journal of Environmental and Public Health Law 223 (2014)

Five Against the Environment, 44 New England Law Review 221 (2010)

Seems Like Old Times: The Supreme Court’s Conservative Turn in 2008-2009, 1 George Washington Journal of Energy & Environmental Law 40 (2010)

Bhopal, Precaution and the Boston Biolab, 42 New England Law Review 847 (2008)

Indigenous Peoples’ Environmental Rights: Evolving Common Law Perspectives in Canada, Australia and the United States, 33 Boston College Environmental Affairs Law Review 1 (2006)

Our Environmental Rebels: An Average American Law Professor’s Perspective on Environmental Advocacy and the Law, 40 New England Law Review 499 (2006)

Sovereignty, Self-Determination, and Environment-Based Cultures: The Emerging Voice of Indigenous Peoples in International Law, Wisconsin International Law Journal 533 (2005)

To a Candidate in Search of an Environmental Theme: Preach Environmental Restoration, 19 Stanford Environmental Law Journal 315 (2000)

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

Introduction to the Symposium: A Declaration Against the New Environmental Initiatives, 33 New England Law Review 615 (1999)

Wild Bill Douglas’s Last Stand: A Retrospective on the First Supreme Court Environmentalist, 72 Temple Law Review 111 (1999)

One Hundred Years of Green: A Legal Perspective on Three Twentieth Century Nature Philosophers, 59 University of Pittsburgh Law Review 557 (1998)

The Owl, the Indian, the Feminist and the Brother: Environmentalism Encounters the Social Justice Movements, 23 Boston College Environmental Affairs Law Review 249 (1996)

Natural Resource Damages from Rachel Carson’s Perspective: A Rite of Spring in American Environmentalism, 37 William and Mary Law Review 381 (1996)

Federalism Under Siege at the Rocky Mountain Arsenal: Preemption and CERCLA after United States v. Colorado, 19 Columbia Journal of Environmental Law 327 (1994)

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