Jim Rossi

Professor of Law

Jim Rossi's scholarship addresses energy law, federal administrative law, and state constitutional and administrative law. His books include Energy, Economics and the Environment (3rd edition, Foundation Press, 2010, with Fred Bosselman, Jacqueline Weaver, David Spence and Joel Eisen); Regulatory Bargaining and Public Law (Cambridge University Press, 2005); and a recent edited collection of essays, Dual Enforcement of Constitutional Norms: The New Frontier of State Constitutionalism (Oxford University Press, 2010, with James Gardner). Rossi serves as a consultant to the Administrative Conference of the United States' Committee on Collaborative Governance project on Improving Coordination of Related Agency Responsibilities. Before joining Vanderbilt's law faculty, he was the Harry M. Walborsky Professor and associate dean for research at Florida State University College of Law, where he taught Administrative Law, Energy Law and Torts. Professor Rossi previously served a visiting professor at Vanderbilt Law School, and also has taught at Harvard Law School, the University of Texas Law School and the University of North Carolina Law School. Before entering the legal academy, he practiced energy law in Washington, D.C., with Sutherland Asbill & Brennan and Miller Balis & O'Neil. Professor Rossi was law school's 2013-14 FedEx Research Professor.

Research Interests

Energy law, administrative law, regulatory federalism, state constitutions

Area(s) of Expertise

Energy and environmental law, administrative law

Representative Publications

  • "Of Dialogue - and Democracy - in Administrative Law," 112 Columbia Law Review Sidebar 147 (2012)
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  • New Frontiers of State Constitutional Law: Dual Enforcement of Norms, Oxford University Press (2011) (editor, with James A.Gardner)
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  • "Judge Cudahy’s Energy Vision," 29 Yale Journal on Regulation 371 (2012) (with Thomas Hutton)
    Full Text | SSRN | HEIN
  • Energy, Economics and the Environment: Cases and Materials, 3rd edition, Foundation Press (2010) (with Fred Bosselman, Joel Eisen, David Spence & Jacqueline Lang Weaver)
    Full Text | SSRN
  • "Agency Coordination in Shared Regulatory Space," 125 Harvard Law Review 1131 (2012) (with Jody Freeman)
    Full Text | SSRN | HEIN
  • "Clean Energy and the Price Preemption Ceiling," 3 San Diego Journal of Climate and Energy Law 243 (2012) (symposium)
    Full Text | SSRN | HEIN
  • "Siting Transmission Lines in a Changed Milieu: Evolving Notions of the 'Public Interest' in Balancing State and Regional Considerations," 81 Colorado Law Review 705 (2010) (with Ashley C. Brown)
    Full Text | SSRN | HEIN
  • "The Political Economy of Energy and Its Implications for Climate Change Legislation," 84 Tulane Law Review 379 (2009)
    Full Text | SSRN | HEIN
  • "The Trojan Horse of Electric Power Transmission Line Siting Authority," 39 Environmental Law 1015 (2009)
    Full Text | SSRN | HEIN
  • Regulatory Bargaining and Public Law, Cambridge Univ. Press (2005)
    Full Text | SSRN

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Contact Information

(615) 343-6620 (voice)
(615) 322-6631 (fax)
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Curriculum Vitae



LL.M., Yale Law School
J.D., University of Iowa College of Law
B.S., Arizona State University