Faculty Fellows

The following faculty are fellows with the Program on Law and Sustainability:

Kris Mayes
Professor of Pratice
Faculty Director, Program on Law and Sustainability

Kris Mayes, who graduated magna cum laude from the Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law, was on the Arizona Corporation Commission from 2003-2010. She helped co-author the Arizona Renewable Energy Standard, which requires that by 2025 utilities must generate 15 percent of their overall energy portfolio from renewable sources, like wind solar, biomass, biogas, geothermal and other technologies. The Standard contains the most aggressive distributed generation requirement in the country, requiring utilities by 2011 to acquire 30 percent of their energy from residential or non-utility owned installations, like rooftop solar panels on someone’s home or on a shopping mall. She also helped establish one of the most ambitious energy efficiency standards in the nation, requiring utilities to sell 22 percent less energy by 2010 than they would have under current forecasts.


Dan Bodansky
Lincoln Professor of Law, Ethics, and Sustainability
Affiliate Faculty Member, Center for Law and Global Affairs
Affiliate Faculty Member, Center for Law, Science & Innovation
Affiliate Faculty Member, Global Institute of Sustainability, School of Sustainability, ASU

Daniel M. Bodansky is a prominent authority on global climate change whose teaching and research focus on international environmental law and public international law. He teaches courses in international law and sustainability and is a key player in the College of Law’s new Program on Law and Sustainability. He has served as the climate change coordinator and attorney-advisor at the U.S. Department of State, in addition to consulting for the United Nations in the areas of climate change and tobacco control. Since 2001, he has been a consultant and senior advisor on the “Beyond Kyoto” and “Pocantico Dialogue” projects at the Pew Center on Global Climate Change.


Kenneth Abbott
Professor of Law

Willard H. Pedrick Distinguished Research Scholar

Faculty Fellow, Center for Law, Science & Innovation

Center for Law and Global Affairs Advisory Board

Professor of Global Studies, School of Politics & Global Studies

A leading scholar in international law, Kenneth Abbott’s teaching and research focus on the interdisciplinary study of international law and international relations, including public and private institutions, environmental issues, development policy, global health, and international trade and economic law. He also has a faculty appointment in the ASU School of Global Studies, where he co-directs the global environmental governance program. He participates actively in conferences and research projects in both international law and international relations and has spoken and taught in many countries. He has served as Chair of the International Economic Law Interest Group of the American Society of International Law.