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Jonathan R. Nash

Robert Howell Hall Professor of Law

Areas of Expertise

Administrative Law, Civil Procedure, Courts and Judges, Environmental Law, Federal Courts, Law and Economics, Legislation and Regulation, Property Law


Civil Procedure, Environmental Law, Federal Courts, Habeas Corpus, International Environmental Law, Land Use, Legislation and Regulation


Jonathan Nash is Robert Howell Hall Professor and co-director of Emory Law’s Center on Federalism and Intersystemic Governance. Nash specializes in federal courts and jurisdiction, the study of courts and judges, and environmental law (both domestic and international). Before coming to Emory Law, Nash served as the Robert C. Cudd Professor of Environmental Law at Tulane University. He has served as a visiting professor at University of Chicago Law School and at Hofstra University School of Law and also has been a visiting scholar at Columbia Law School. Nash is a prolific scholar, publishing in the Columbia Law Review, the Cornell Law Review, the Iowa Law Review, the Journal of Empirical Legal Studies, the Michigan Law Review, the NYU Law Review, the Northwestern University Law Review, the Notre Dame Law Review, the Stanford Law Review, the Southern California Law Review, the Vanderbilt Law Review, the Virginia Law Review, and the Yale Law Journal, among other leading journals. His scholarship has been cited by the United States Courts of Appeals for the Second, Sixth, Eighth, Ninth, and Federal Circuits, among others. 

Prior to teaching, Nash was a law clerk to the Honorable Donald Stuart Russell of the US Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit and to the Honorable Nina Gershon, then Chief Magistrate Judge of the US District Court for the Southern District of New York. Professor Nash also worked as an attorney in New York. Professor Nash received his bachelor’s degree in mathematics summa cum laude from Columbia University in New York, his JD magna cum laude from New York University School of Law, his LLM from Harvard Law School, and his PhD in political science from Emory University.

Education: PhD, Emory University; LLM, Harvard Law School; JD, New York University School of Law (magna cum laude); BA, Columbia University (summa cum laude)