Michael Livermore

Visiting Professor of Law


Michael Livermore is visiting in the fall semester from the University of Virginia School of Law where he is a professor of law, teaching environmental law, administrative law, regulatory law and policy, and a course on new technologies and the legal profession. His research focuses on environmental law, regulation, bureaucratic oversight and the computational analysis of law. He frequently collaborates on interdisciplinary projects with researchers in other academic fields, including economics, computer science and neurology.

At Duke Livermore is teaching Environmental Law. 

Livermore is a leading expert on the use of cost-benefit analysis to evaluate environmental regulation, and he is the co-author of Retaking Rationality: How Cost-Benefit Analysis Can Better Protect the Environment and Our Health (Oxford University Press, 2008) and co-editor of The Globalization of Cost-Benefit Analysis in Environmental Policy (Oxford University Press, 2013). His research also focuses on the computational analysis of legal texts and he recently published a co-edited volume on that subject, Law as Data: Computation, Text, and the Future of Legal Analysis (SFI Press, 2019).

Livermore’s work has appeared in leading law journals, including the Yale Law Journal, University of Chicago Law Review, New York University Law Review, Georgetown Law Journal and Duke Law Journal. He is the recipient of UVA Law’s Carl McFarland Prize, which honors outstanding research by a junior faculty member.

Prior to joining the UVA faculty in 2013, Livermore was the founding executive director of the Institute for Policy Integrity at New York University School of Law, a think tank dedicated to improving the quality of government decision-making. In that capacity, he participated in dozens of regulatory proceedings on a diverse set of issues ranging from climate change to prison safety. He remains an active participant in environmental policy discussions.

Livermore earned his JD magna cum laude from NYU Law, where he was a Furman Scholar, was elected to the Order of the Coif, and served as a managing editor of the Law Review. After law school, he spent a year as a fellow at NYU Law's Center on Environmental and Land Use Law before clerking for Judge Harry T. Edwards on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit.