• Full-Time Faculty
  • James W. Coleman

  • Assistant Professor of Law

  • fulltime Faculty
  • James W. Coleman

  • Assistant Professor of Law

James W. Coleman

Assistant Professor of Law

  • Biography

    • James Coleman received two degrees from Harvard University — a J.D. (cum laude) and B.A. in biology (magna cum laude with highest honors in the field). Upon graduation from law school he served as clerk for Eighth Circuit Judge Steve Colloton, and then practiced energy, environmental, and appellate law as an associate in the Washington, D.C., firm of Sidley Austin LLP for three years. 

      Prior to joining SMU, he was on the faculty at the University of Calgary, where he taught at both the law school and the business school. Before Calgary, he served on the faculty at Harvard Law School as a Climenko Fellow and Lecturer on Law. 

      Coleman’s scholarship addresses regulation of North American energy companies, focusing on how countries account for and influence regulation of fuel and electricity in their trading partners and how global energy companies respond to competing pressures from investors and regulators in multiple jurisdictions. He publishes the Energy Law Professor blog and you can follow him on Twitter at @energylawprof. This fall he will teach Oil & Gas Law.

       
  • Education

    • B.A., magna cum laude, Harvard College
      J.D., cum laude, Harvard Law School
  • Presentations

    • Getting to Markets: Natural Resource Projects in Canada
      C.D. Howe Institute
      Calgary, Alberta (March 2016)

      New Political Promises: What They Mean for Environmental
      Assessment of Pipeline Projects

      Moderator
      Canadian Association of Environmental Law Societies Annual Conference
      Calgary, Alberta (February 2015) (invited)

      How Cheap Is Corporate Talk? Comparing What Companies Tell Regulators With What They
      Tell Investors

      Tel Aviv University
      Tel Aviv, Israel (December 2015) (invited)

      Do Corporations Cry Wolf? Comparing What Companies Tell Regulators About Proposed Rules
      With What They Tell Shareholders, Society for Empirical Legal Studies Global Workshop for
      Junior Empirical-Legal Scholars

      Hebrew University
      Jerusalem, Israel (December 2015)

      Do Corporations Cry Wolf? Comparing What Companies Tell Regulators About Proposed Rules
      With What They Tell Shareholders

      Florida State University College of Law
      Tallahassee, Florida (November 2015) (invited)

      Policymaking by Proposal: How Agencies Are Transforming Industry Investment Long Before
      Final Rules Are Tested In Court

      George Mason University School of Law
      Arlington, VA (October 2015) (invited)

      Investing in the Shadow of the Law: How Agency Proposals are Driving Energy Investments
      Transatlantic Law Forum
      Arlington, VA (October 2015) (invited)

      The Climate Impact of Liquefied Natural Gas from Canada
      Hydraulic Fracturing Initiative

      Interdisciplinary Workshop
      Calgary, Alberta (August 2015) (invited)

      How Cheap is Corporate Talk? An Empirical Comparison of Companies' Statements to
      Regulators and Statements to Investors

      University of Washington Junior Environmental Law
      Scholars Workshop
      Seattle, Washington (July 2015)

      Addressing Pollution in Other Countries: New Regulatory Models, New Problems
      Calgary Sustainability Conference
      Calgary, Alberta (June 2015) (invited)

      New Energy Regulation: Changing Investment Decisions in the United States and Abroad
      Natural Resources Law Teacher’s Institute
      Salt Lake City, Utah (May 2015) (invited)

      Corporate Regulatory Impact Predictions
      Society for Environmental Law and Economics
      Groningen, Netherlands (May 2015)

      How Cheap is Corporate Talk? Comparing What Companies Tell Regulators With What They
      Tell Investors

      Sustainability Conference on American Legal Educators
      Phoenix, Arizona (May 2015)

      Liquefied Natural Gas, Energy Trade, and the Climate
      Alberta Student Energy Conference
      Calgary, Alberta (March 2015) (invited)

      An Energy Transport Revolution: Fracking and the Clean Power Plan
      Iowa Law School Federalist Society
      Iowa City, Iowa (March 2015) (invited)

      Agricultural Regulation and Litigation
      Federalist Society Iowa Lawyers Chapter
      Des Moines, Iowa (March 2015) (invited)

      Power Shift: Regulating the Evolving Electricity Sector
      Roundtable, Duke-Harvard Workshop
      (February 2015) (invited)

      Prospects for Liquefied Natural Gas in Canada: Environmental Regulation, Royalty
      Schemes, and Broader Environmental Goals

      Moderator, Canadian Association of Environmental Law
      Societies Annual Conference
      Calgary, Alberta (February 2015) (invited)

      United States Scrutiny and Regulation of Canadian Oil Production
      Canadian Political Science Students’ Association Annual Conference
      Calgary, Alberta (January 2015) (invited)

      Petroleum and Pâté: Other Nations’ Efforts to Influence Canadian Crude Oil Production
      Haskayne Hour
      Calgary, Alberta (December 2014)

      Environmental Matching Commitments
      Notre Dame Law School London Roundtable on
      Valuation, Institutions, and Environment
      London, England (November 2014) (invited)

      Perils of Carbon Tariffs for Energy Trade & Climate Cooperation
      Canadian Council on International Law Conference on Energy,
      Resources and Environmental Issues Igniting
      International Law
      Ottawa, Ontario (November 2014)

      Environmental Matching Commitments
      University of Washington Junior Environmental Law
      Scholars Workshop
      Seattle, Washington (July 2014)

      Influencing Regulation in a Nation’s Energy Trading Partners: Alternative Models of Unilateral
      Climate and Energy Regulation

      European Consortium for Political Research
      Barcelona, Spain (June 2014)

      Increased Scrutiny for Energy Trade: Environmental Assessments & Lifecycle Regulation
      Association of Canadian General Counsel
      Victoria, British Columbia (May 2014) (invited)

      Regulation of Imported Fuel: Infrastructure & Lifecycle Regulations
      Alberta Student Energy Conference
      Calgary, Alberta (March 2014) (invited)

      Environmental Matching Commitments
      Canadian Law and Economics Association Annual Conference
      University of Toronto Faculty of Law
      Toronto, Ontario (September 2013)

      Importing Energy, Exporting Regulation: Reconciling State Policy Innovation with National Energy
      Markets, Legal & Policy Pathways for Energy Innovation

      University of Minnesota
      Minneapolis, MN (April 2013) (invited)

      How Can Domestic Regulation Enable International Cooperation?
      International Conference on Law & Society
      Honolulu, HI (June 2012)

      Developments in Greenhouse Gas Regulation: EPA, Courts, and Legislatures
      Moderator
      American Bar Association’s 41st Annual Conference on Environmental Law
      Salt Lake City, UT (March 2012)

      Development of International Environmental Law
      Harvard Project for Asian and International Relations
      Harvard Law School
      Cambridge, MA (February 2012) (invited)

      How Can Domestic Regulation Enable International Cooperation?
      The Case of Climate Change

      Junior International Law Scholars Association Conference
      University of Georgia School of Law
      Athens, GA (February 2012)