Joseph F. C. DiMento

Distinguished Professor of Law

Joint appointment in Planning and in Criminology, Law & Society

Joseph F. C. DiMento


International law, environmental law, international environmental law, urban planning


In his decades of teaching, Professor DiMento has written a dozen books and taught courses on a wide variety of subjects, including international law, urban and regional planning, domestic and international environmental law, administrative law and regulation, business and government, conflict resolution.

Professor DiMento also served for 10 years as the director of UC Irvine’s Newkirk Center for Science and Society.

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  • Joseph F. C. DiMento, Polar shift: The Arctic Sustained. Anthem Press. 2022
  • Joseph F. C. DiMento & Eva Badiee, Historical Pollution and Criminal Liability in the United States, in Historical Pollution (in press 2017).
  • Daniel J. Selmi, James A. Kushner, Edward H. Ziegler, Joseph F. C. DiMento, John Echeverria, Land Use Regulations: Cases and Materials, 5th ed. (2017).
  • Joseph F. C. DiMento, The Shape of [Ground]water (Law): California's New Act, and Prospects for Sustainability, J. Southwest (forthcoming, 2017).
  • Joseph F. C. DiMento, The Arctic: Source of Energy? Source of Conflict? Source of Policy Delivering Energy Policy in the EU and the US: A Reader. (Raphael J. Heffron and Gavin F. M. Little eds., 2016).
  • Joseph F. C. DiMento, Protection of Our Earth-A Half Century of Environmental Law, Jus: Riv. Sci. Giur. 63 (2016).
  • Joseph F. C. DiMento, Environmental Governance of the Arctic: Law, Effect, Now Implementation, UC Irvine L. Rev. 6 (2016)
  • Climate Change: What it Means to Us, Our Children and Our Grandchildren, 2nd ed. (Joseph F. C. DiMento & Pamela Doughman, eds., 2014).
  • Joseph F. C. DiMento, The Law of the Sea and the Polar Regions: Interactions Between Global and Regional Regimes, Int. Environ. Agreem-P 14 (2014) (book review).
  • Joseph F. C. DiMento, Il Caso Tronox (The Old Kerr-McGee/Tronox Case: 'Securing Environmental Justice?' Tronox Inc., et al., and United States v. Anadarko Petroleum Corp., et al., Bankruptcy Adversary Proceeding No. 09-1198)Riv. Giur. Ambiente 29 (2014).
  • Joseph F. C. DiMento, Diritto Ambientale E Superstrade Urbane: Cambio Di Direzione (Environmental Law and the Urban Freeway: Changing Lanes, Riv. Giur. Ambiente 28 (2013).
  • Joseph F. C. DiMento, Fonti Engergetiche Transfrontaliere E Diritto Ambientale, Politica E Politiche: Il Caso Del Gasdotto Keystone Pipeline in Canada E Negli Stati Uniti (Transboundary Environmental Energy and Environmental Law, Policy and Politics: The Keystone Pipeline Case, Riv. Giur. Ambiente 28 (2013).
  • Kazuo Oshio & Joseph F. C. DiMento, The Snail Darter and the Dam, J. Am. Can. Stud. 31 (2013).
  • Joseph F. C. DiMento & Cliff Ellis, Changing Lanes: Visions and Histories of Urban Freeways (2013).
  • Joseph F. C. DiMento & Alexis Hickman, Environmental Governance of the Great Seas: Law and Effect (2012).

Prof. DiMento's Scholarly Papers on SSRN

  • Oct. 22, 2020:
    Featured Speaker, “Polar Shift: The Arctic Sustained,” UCI Social Sciences, Online
  • Oct. 21, 2020:
    Featured Speaker, Engineering, Transportation, and Social Justice, American Society of Civil Engineers, UCI Student Chapter, Webinar
  • Sept. 14, 2020:
    Panelist, “Race Matters,” Teach-In on Racial Justice and the Law, Cincinnati Law, Online
  • Jan. 20, 2020:
    Presenter, Environmental Governance of the Arctic: Global Significance and Legal Strategies, JDS International Seminar, University of Tsukuba, Ibaraki, Japan
  • Sept. 26, 2019:
    Distinguished Speaker, Indigenous and Local Governance Under Industrial Development in the North, Arctic Innovation Center of the North - Eastern Federal University, Siberia, Russia
  • May 15, 2018: 
    Speaker, “60 Years of Environmental Law,” Catholic University of Milan, Italy
  • May 8, 2018:
    Speaker, “Strategies for Addressing Climate Change in the Arctic: Focus Litigation,” Arctic Centre, University of Lapland, Finland
  • March 29, 2018:
    Speaker, "The Environmental Governance of the Arctic," Oceans of Plastic and Ice, University of Milan-Bicocca, Milan, Italy
  • October 5-9, 2016:
    Presenter, "Arctic Environmental Governance: Implementation of Promising Initiatives," at the 9th Polar Law Symposium, The Role of Law in Polar Governance, Akureyri & Reykjavik, Iceland.
  • June 24, 2016:
    Journal Board Member and Presenter, “Who governs the environment?” at 30-year anniversary of Rivista Giuridica Dell’Ambiente Italian environmental journal, Bergamo, Italy
  • Spring 2016:
    Convenor and Presenter, Arctic Roundtable, Center for Land, Environment, and Natural Resources and Newkirk Center for Science and Society, UC Irvine
  • Spring 2016:
    Moderator, Land Use Symposium, Center for Land, Environment, and Natural Resources, UC Irvine School of Law
  • May 29-30, 2015:
    Presenter, “Environmental Governance of the Arctic: Law, Effect, Now Implementation,” The European Union and The Arctic conference, Dundee, Scotland
  • Jan. 30-31, 2015:
    Presenter, Symposium on Arctic Governance, UC Irvine School of Law
  • June 16, 2014:
    Panelist, conference on “Environmental Protection Through Law: Comparative Approaches, Administrative Regulation and Criminal Justice,” Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, Milan, Italy