Science, Technology, and Society Seminar: STS Circle at Harvard (In Person)


Monday, October 3, 2022, 12:15pm to 2:00pm


CGIS South Building, 1730 Cambridge Street, Thomas Chan-Soo Kang Room (S050)

"What We Talk About When We Talk About "Environmental Constitutionalism"


Sam Bookman, Graduate Student Affiliate; Weatherhead Center Dissertation Fellow. SJD Candidate, Harvard Law School.


Sam Evans

Cosponsored by the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences.


Environmental concerns have been historically absent from constitutional theory and design. But as environmental crises intensify, a growing body of practice and scholarship has turned its attention to the place of environmental issues within constitutional frameworks. Three paradigms have emerged: technocratic, liberal-conservative, and transformative. In this paper I critique these three paradigms, finding them lacking in reflexivity and meaningful democratic practices. Instead, I propose a fourth paradigm, rooted in principles of reflexivity and experimentalism.


Sam Bookman is a S.J.D. candidate at Harvard Law School and Dissertation Fellow at the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs. His research focuses on the relationship between constitutional law and environmental challenges, including the place of constitutional rights and Rights of Nature in environmental governance. He began his legal career in New Zealand, where he was clerk to the Chief District Court Judge. Sam practices international environmental and human rights law as a staff attorney at a New York-based NGO.


Lunch is provided if you RSVP via our online form by close of business on Thursday, October 13: