Jason Scott Johnston is an adjunct scholar at the Cato Institute and the Henry L. and Grace Doherty Charitable Foundation Professor of Law at the University of Virginia School of Law. He formerly served as Robert G. Fuller, Jr. Professor of Law and director of the Program on Law, Environment and Economy at the University of Pennsylvania Law School. Johnston’s scholarship has examined subjects ranging from natural resources law to torts, contracts (including contractual choice of dispute resolution mechanisms). He has published dozens of articles in law journals, such as the Yale Law Journal, and in peer-reviewed economics journals, such as the Journal of Law, Economics and Organization. He is the editor and a contributor to the book Institutions and Incentives in Regulatory Science (Lexington, 2012), and is currently working on a book that critically analyzes the foundations of U.S. global warming law and policy and another book questioning the methodology by which U.S. regulatory agencies such as the EPA quantify benefits from regulation.

Johnston has served on the Board of Directors of the American Law and Economics Association, on the National Science Foundation’s Law and Social Science grant review panel, and on the Board of the Searle Civil Justice Institute.  After earning his J.D and PhD in economics from the University of Michigan, Johnston clerked for Judge Gilbert S. Merritt on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit. He has been a visiting professor or held fellowship appointments at Yale Law School, the University of Southern California Gould School of Law, the American Academy in Berlin and the Property and Environment Research Center.

Johnston is a summa cum laude graduate of Dartmouth College and an active member of the Idaho Bar Association.

More from Jason Scott Johnston


Centrally Planned Energy: Bad for the Economy, Bad for the Environment

The National Interest (Online). April 21, 2016.

Why Cap and Trade Doesn’t Work

American Spectator (Online). March 18, 2016.

The EPA’s Regulatory Terrorism

Washington Times. February 23, 2016.

Cato Reviews & Journals

The Social Cost of Carbon

Regulation. Spring 2016.

The Looming Policy Disaster

Regulation. Fall 2008.