Noah Sachs, professor of law and director of the Robert R. Merhige Jr. Center for Environmental Studies at the University of Richmond School of Law, has received one of five Fulbright-Nehru Environmental Leadership grants to conduct research in India in 2013–14. 

Sachs will study India’s pioneering use of market-based environmental law, and he will assess whether the system is improving India’s energy efficiency, lowering its national energy consumption and addressing climate change.

His project will be the first comprehensive scholarly examination of the market-based law called Perform, Achieve, Trade (PAT) launched by India’s prime minister in 2010.

Sachs will be based at the National Law School of India in Bangalore, and he plans to meet with key Indian officials, academics, legal scholars, and business and environmental leaders in cities such as New Delhi, Mumbai and Hyderabad. He will publish his findings in law journals and book chapters and will present at academic conferences and industry trade association meetings. He also will blog about his experiences for the Center for Progressive Reform, a Washington, D.C.-based organization where he is a Member Scholar.

Sachs has taught at the law school since 2006. He is co-author of the text, “Regulation of Toxic Substances and Hazardous Waste,” the leading casebook on toxic substances regulation, and he writes frequently on climate change and energy issues.

India has the largest U.S. Fulbright Scholar Program in the world, with more than 80 grants awarded for 2013–14. The Fulbright Program is the flagship international educational exchange program sponsored by the U.S. government and is designed to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and those of other countries. Since established in 1946 under legislation introduced by the late U.S. Sen. J. William Fulbright, the program has given approximately 310,000 students, scholars, teachers, artists and scientists the opportunity to study, teach and conduct research abroad.
Professor of Law
Director, Robert R. Merhige Jr. Center for Environmental Studies
Environmental Law and International Environmental Law
Toxic Substances and Hazardous Waste Regulation
Climate Change
Transboundary Pollution