David Victor is an Adjunct Senior Fellow for science and technology at the Council on Foreign Relations, Professor of Law at Stanford Law School, and Director of the Program on Energy and Sustainable Development at Stanford University’s Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies. Dr. Victor is consultant to a large number of companies, governments and non-governmental institutions on matters of energy and environmental strategy. His PhD is from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (political science and international relations), and his BA is from Harvard University (history and science). He currently teaches topics in energy law, regulation and political economy at Stanford Law School.
Prior to his work at Stanford University, Dr. Victor directed the science and technology program at the Council on Foreign Relations in New York. He directed the Council’s task force on energy, co-chaired by Jim Schlesinger and John Deutch, and he is senior adviser to the task force on climate change chaired by George Pataki and Tom Vilsack. He also leads a study group that is examining ways to improve management of the nation’s $50 billion strategic oil reserve. In the past, his research at the Council focused on the sources of technological innovation and the impact of innovation on economic growth. His research also examined global forest policy, global warming, and genetic engineering of food crops.
His publications include: Natural Gas and Geopolitics (Cambridge University Press, July 2006), The Collapse of the Kyoto Protocol and the Struggle to Slow Global Warming (Princeton University Press, April 2001; second edition July 2004); Climate Change: Debating America's Policy Options (New York: Council on Foreign Relations); Technological Innovation and Economic Performance (Princeton University Press, January 2002, co-edited with Benn Steil and Richard Nelson); and an edited book of case studies on the implementation of international environmental agreements (MIT Press, 1998).
He is author of more than 100 essays and articles in scholarly journals, magazines and newspapers, such as Climatic Change, The Financial Times, Foreign Affairs, International Journal of Hydrogen Energy, Nature, The New York Times, Science, and Scientific American, and The Washington Post.