David G. Victor

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David G. Victor is a professor at the School of Global Policy and Strategy, UC San Diego (GPS) and director of the School’s new Laboratory on International Law and Regulation. His research focuses on how the design of regulatory law affects issues such as environmental pollution and the operation of major energy markets.[1][2]


Victor received his Ph.D. in political science from Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1997 and an A.B. in history and science from Harvard University in 1987. Prior to joining the faculty at IR/PS Victor served as director of the Program on Energy and Sustainable Development at Stanford University where he was also a professor at Stanford Law School.[3] At Stanford he built a research program that focused on the energy markets of the major emerging countries—mainly Brazil, China, India, Mexico and South Africa.[4]


  • Global Warming Gridlock: Creating More Effective Strategies for Protecting the Planet, Cambridge University Press, 2011.[5]
  • The Collapse of the Kyoto Protocol and the Struggle to Slow Global Warming, Princeton University Press, 2004.[6]
  • Climate Change: Debating America's Policy Options, Council on Foreign Relations Press, 2004[7]