Erin Ryan

Erin Ryan

Erin Ryan

Elizabeth C. & Clyde W. Atkinson Professor
Contact Information

Florida State University College of Law
Advocacy Center, Room A227B
Phone: 850.645.0072
Fax: 850.644.7282


J.D., cum laude, Harvard University, 2001
M.A., Ethnomusicology, Wesleyan University, 1994
B.A., cum laude, East Asian Languages and Civilizations, Harvard-Radcliffe College, 1991

Professor Ryan teaches in the areas of environmental and natural resources law, property and land use, water law, negotiation, and federalism. She has presented widely in the United States, Europe, and Asia, including the Ninth Circuit Judicial Conference, the National Association of Attorneys General, the United States Forest Service, and the United Nations Institute for Training and Research. She has advised National Sea Grant multilevel governance studies involving Chesapeake Bay and consulted with multiple institutions on developing sustainability programs. She has been featured in the Chicago Tribune, the London Financial Times, the Associated PressThomson-Reuters Beijing, the Huffington PostNational Public Radio, and NBC and CBS Television News. She is the author of many scholarly works, including Federalism and the Tug of War Within (Oxford University Press 2012).

Prior to law school, Ryan served as a U.S. Forest Service ranger on the Mono Lake District of the Inyo National Forest, east of Yosemite National Park. While a law student, she was an editor of the Harvard Law Review and a Hewlett Fellow at the Harvard Negotiation Research Project. She clerked for Judge James R. Browning, of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, before practicing environmental, land use, and local government law in San Francisco. She began her academic career at the College of William & Mary, and then joined the faculty at the Northwestern School of Law at Lewis & Clark College. Ryan served as a Fulbright Scholar in China, where she taught American law, studied Chinese governance, and lectured throughout the country. She has also lectured at universities in Japan, Vietnam and India. She joined the Florida State University College of Law faculty in 2015.

Select Recent Publications

THE PUBLIC TRUST, PRIVATE WATER ALLOCATION, AND MONO LAKE (Cambridge University Press) (forthcoming 2018)

Environmental Federalism’s Tug of War Within, in The Law and Policy of Environmental Federalism: A Comparative Analysis (Kalyani Robins, editor) (Edward Elgar Publishing 2015)

Breathing Air with Heft: An Experiential Report on Environmental Regulation and Public Health in Urban China, 42 U.C. Davis Environs ___ (forthcoming 2018)

Secession and Federalism in the United States: Tools for Managing Regional Conflict in a Pluralist Society, 96 Or. L. Rev. ___ (forthcoming 2017)

Negotiating Environmental Federalism, 2017 Wis. L. Rev. ___ (forthcoming 2017)

Fisheries Without Courts: How Fishery Management Reveals Our Dynamic Separation of Powers, 32 J. Land Use & Envtl. L. 431 (2017)

Multilevel Environmental Governance in the United States, 25 Envtl. Scientist 50 (2016)

Federalism, Regulatory Architecture, and the Clean Water Rule: Seeking Consensus on the Waters of the United States, 46 Envtl. L. 277 (2016)

Response to Heather Gerken’s “Federalism and Nationalism: Time for a Détente?”, 59 St. Louis U. L.J. 1147 (2015)

The Public Trust Doctrine, Private Water Allocation, and Mono Lake: The Historic Saga of  National Audubon Society v. Superior Court, 45 Envtl. L. 561 (2015)

Negotiating Federalism and the Structural Constitution: Navigating the Separation of Powers Both Vertically and Horizontally (A Response to Aziz Huq), 115 Colum. L. Rev. Sidebar 4 (2015)

The Spending Power and Environmental Law After Sebelius, 85 U. Colo. L. Rev. 1003 (2014)

The Elaborate Paper Tiger: Environmental Enforcement and the Rule of Law in China, 24 Duke Envtl L. & Pol’y Forum 184 (2014)