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Karen Sokol

William L. Crowe Sr. Distinguished Professor of Law


J.D. 2000, Yale Law School

B.A. 1997, University of Texas at Austin (with highest honors)


  • College of Law
  • Law


  • Environmental Law
  • International Law
  • Torts


Karen Sokol joined the Loyola University New Orleans College of Law faculty in 2009.  Her research and teaching focus on climate law and policy, environmental law, corporate disinformation and accountability, international law, and torts.  Her current scholarship focuses on climate litigation throughout the world, fossil fuel industry disinformation, and on the need to center nations of the Global South in international climate policy. She spent the spring of 2018 researching in India, supported by a Fulbright Award.  She is a member-scholar of the Center for Progressive Reform and the Climate Accountability Working Group of the Climate Social Science Network.

Professor Sokol graduated from Yale Law School, where she served as Articles Editor for the Yale Human Rights and Development Law Journal and was a member of the Allard K. Lowenstein International Human Rights Clinic.  After law school, she clerked for Judge Carolyn Dineen King of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit and worked as an associate in the appellate section of Vinson & Elkins, LLP.  She then worked as a policy analyst for the Center for Progressive Reform, writing a number of papers and articles on environmental and public health issues, with a focus on government transparency and corporate accountability. The year before coming to Loyola, she was a fellow at Georgetown University Law Center’s O’Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law.  Her publications can be found here.

Classes Taught:

  • Law & the Climate Crisis
  • Climate Litigation
  • Environmental Law
  • Torts I and II 
  • Products Liability
  • Administrative Law

Areas of Expertise: Climate Law & Policy, Environmental Law, International Law, Torts, Products Liability