Stanford Law Professor Michael Wara’s research focuses on climate policy and regulation. His current scholarship addresses the performance of the emerging global market for greenhouse gases and mechanisms for reducing emissions, especially in developing countries after the Kyoto Protocol expires in 2012. Professor Wara was formerly a geochemist and climate scientist and has published work on the history of the El Niño/La Niña system and its response to changing climates, especially those warmer than today. The results of his scientific research have been published in premier scientific journals, includingScience and Nature.

Professor Wara joined Stanford Law in 2007 as a research fellow in environmental law and as a lecturer in law. Previously, he was an associate in Holland & Knight’s Government Practice Group, where his practice focused on climate change, land use, and environmental law. He is a research fellow at the Program in Energy and Sustainable Development in Stanford’s Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies.

His research focuses on the emerging global market for greenhouse gases and the Post-Kyoto regime for reducing their emissions. His interests also include the interaction between climate, water, and endangered species management. Wara is currently a research fellow and lecturer at Stanford Law School where he teaches “International Environmental Law.”