faculty bio
Paul Stanton Kibel
Professor of Law

Co-Director, LLM Environmental Law Program

San Francisco
  • 415-442-6685


  • California Natural Resources and Environmental Law
  • Civil Procedure
  • Environmental Law & Policy
  • Water Law


LLM, UC Berkeley School of Law

JD, Willamette University College of Law

BA, Colgate University


  • Of counsel to and former partner at Fitzgerald, Abbott & Beardsley LLP in the environmental/land use practice group.
  • Former adjunct professor at GGU; has also taught at UC Berkeley, Stanford University, and the Monterey Institute of International Studies.
  • Directed GGU's "City Parks" Project and authored the 2007 GGU report,Access to Parkland: Environmental Justice at East Bay Parks.
  • Faculty editor of theGolden Gate University Environmental Law Journal.
  • Former co-chair, National Resources Subsection of Real Property Section of the State Bar of California.


Sea Level Rise, Saltwater Intrusion and Endangered Fisheries – Shifting Baselines for the Bay Delta Conservation Plan, 38 Environs __ (forthcoming 2015).

In the Field and In the Stream: California Reasonable Use Law Applied to Water for Agriculture46 McGeorge L. Rev. 1 (2014).

The Public Trust According to "Casitas": A Case of Misapplication, The National Law Journal, Jan. 19, 2012.

Pricing Pelicans and Petrol: An Introduction to the Issue, 5 Golden Gate U. Envt'l L. J. 1 (2011).

The End of Paper Water: Natural Limits, Unlimited Demands and Reliable Supply: Proceedings of the 2011 California Water Law Symposium.

Instream Flow and the Public Trust: Statutory Innovation and California's 2009 Delta Reform Act, ABA Water Resources Committee Newsletter, January 2011, p. 4.

Conservation of What?: An Introduction to the Issue, 4 Golden Gate U. Envt'l L. J. 1 (2010).

Rain follows the Plow: An Introduction to the Issue, 3 Golden Gate Univ. Envt'l L. J. 1 (2009).

Two Rivers Meet: At the Confluence of Crossborder Water Law and Foreign Investment Law,ch. in Sustainable Development in World Investment Law (Kluwer 2009).

Instruments Not Monuments: An Introduction to the Issue, 2 Golden Gate Univ. Envt'l L.J. 1 (2008). With C. Danny Wang.

A Line Drawn in Water: Aquifers Beneath the Mexico-United States Border,12 Univ. of Denver Water L. Rev. 191 (2008).

Access to Parkland: Environmental Justice at East Bay Parks,Report by Golden Gate University School of Law City Parks Project (2008).

CEQA Rules for Agency Actions Affecting Climate Change,California Environmental Law Reporter (Fall 2008).

Water Supply Assessment Inadequacy: An Independent Cause of Action? 31 Real Property Law Reporter (Sept. 2008).

Roots of the Grassroots: An Introduction to the Issue, 1 Golden Gate Univ. Envt'l L. J. 3 (2007). With Philip D. Batchelder.

Rivertown: Rethinking Urban Rivers, (MIT Press, 2007).

The People Down the Hill: Parks Equity in San Francisco's East Bay,1 Golden Gate U. Envtl. L.J. 331 (2007).

Grasp on Water: a Natural Resource that Eludes NAFTA's Notion of Investment, 34 Ecology Law Quarterly 655 (2007).

Rio Grande Designs: Texans' NAFTA Water Claim Against Mexico, 25 Berkeley J. of Int'l. Law 228 (2007). With Jonathan R. Schutz.

The Addiction and the Portfolio: An Introduction to the Issue, 36 GGU Law Rev. 321 (2006).

A Shallow Fix: The Uniform Environmental Covenants Act Leaves Hard Brownfield Questions Unanswered, 57:2 Planning and Environmental Law 3 (Feb. 2005).

The Urban Bankside: An Introduction to the Issue, 35 Golden Gate Univ. L. Rev. 285 (2005).

Creating Open Space: Two Cases of Conflicts Resolved, California Coast & Ocean, Winter 2004-2005.

Los Angeles' Cornfield: An Old Blueprint for New Greenspace, 23 Stanford Env. L.J. 275 (2004).

The High Seas Lowdown: An Introduction to the Issue, 34 Golden Gate Univ. L. Rev. 453 (2004).

Nature of the Beast: An Introduction to the Issue, 33 Golden Gate Univ. L. Rev. 333 (2003).

Sprawl and "Paper Water": A Reality Check from the California Courts, 20 California Real Property Journal 21 (2002). With Barry H. Epstein.

UNCED's Uncertain Legacy: An Introduction to the Issue, 32 Golden Gate Univ. L. Rev. 345 (2002).

The Paper Tiger Awakens: North American Environmental Law After the Cozumel Reef Case, 39 Columbia J. of Transnational Law 395 (2001).

The More Things Change: An Introduction to the Issue, 31 Golden Gate Univ. L. Rev. 325 (2001).

Alone at Sea: Chile's Presencial Ocean Policy, 12:1 J. of Environmental Law 43 (2000).

Introduction to the Issue: Fluidity in the Law, 30 Golden Gate Univ. L. Rev. xix (2000).

The Earth on Trial: Environmental Law on the International Stage, (Routledge Press, 1999).

National Incentives to Protect Natural Resources: Preserving Their Place in International Trade, 29 Environmental Law Reporter 10411 (1999).

Sovereignty and Ecology: An Introduction to the Issue, 29 Golden Gate Univ. L. Rev. 311 (1999).

The Urban Nexus: Open Space, Brownfields and Justice, 25 Boston College Environmental Affairs L. Rev. 589 (1998).

Introduction to the Issue: Metropolitan Vantage Point, 28 Golden Gate Univ. L. Rev. 265 (1998).

Justice for the Sea Turtle: Marine Conservation and the Court of International Trade, 15 UCLA J. of Environmental Law & Policy 57 (1997).

Reconstructing the Marketplace: the International Timber Trade and Forest Protection, 5 NYU Environmental L.J. 735 (1996).

Wisdom Across the Atlantic: North America and the European Experience, 19 Environs Envt'l L. & Pol. J. 69 (1995-1996).

Canada's International Forest Protection Obligations: A Case of Promises Forgotten in British Columbia and Alberta, 6 Fordham Environmental L. J. 231 (1995).

Russia's Wild East: Ecological Deterioration and the Rule of Law in Siberia, 7 Georgetown Int'l. Environmental L. Rev. 59 (1994).

The Conservation/Free Trade Debate Resurfaces: the Uncertain Intersection of the 1992 Driftnet Fisheries Act and GATT, 1 Willamette Bull. Inl't Law & Policy 53 (1993).


Member, California State Bar