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Thomas O. McGarity

  • Joe R. and Teresa Lozano Long Endowed Chair in Administrative Law



  • Freedom to Harm: The Lasting Legacy of the Laissez Faire Revival (New Haven, C.T.: Yale University Press, 2013).
  • Bending Science: How Special Interests Corrupt Public Health Research (Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 2008) (with Wendy E. Wagner).
  • The Preemption War: When Federal Bureaucracies Trump Local Juries (New Haven, CT: Yale University Press, 2008).
  • Breeding Distrust: An Assessment and Recommendations for Improving the Regulation of Plant Derived Genetically Modified Foods (Consumer Federation of America Foundation, Jan. 2001) (with Patricia Hansen).
  • Workers at Risk: The Failed Promise of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (Westport, CT: Praeger, 1993).
  • The Law of Environmental Protection: Cases, Legislation, Policies (St. Paul: West, 2nd ed. 1992; 1st ed. 1984) (with John E. Bonine).
  • Reinventing Rationality: the Role of Regulatory Analysis in the Federal Bureaucracy (New York: Cambridge University Press, 1991).
  • An Institutional and Legal Assessment on Instream Aeration Project in the Houston Ship Channel (Austin: Policy Research Institute, The University of Texas, 1986) (with Terrell Blodgett, E. Smeardon & Richard Steward).
  • The Two Union Problem: Stumbling Block in the Evolution of the Successorship Problem (Austin: University of Texas School of Law, 1972).


  • But What About Texas? Climate Disruption Regulation in Recalcitrant States [Symposium: Climate Regulation Under the Clean Air Act], 39 Harvard Environmental Law Review 79 (2015).
  • Still Free to Harm: A Response to Professor Farber, 92 Texas Law Review 1629 (2014).
  • EPA at Helm's Deep: Surviving the Fourth Attack on Environmental Law, 24 Fordham Environmental Law Review 205 (2013).
  • Regulatory Science in Rulemaking and Tort: Unifying the Weight of the Evidence Approach, 3 Wake Forest Journal of Law & Policy 65 (2013) (with Sidney A. Shapiro).
  • The End Game of Deregulation: Myopic Risk Management and the Next Catastrophe, 23 Duke Environmental Law and Policy Forum 93 (2012) (with Rena I. Steinzor).
  • Preempted Worker Protection, Trial, July 2012, at 52.
  • Administrative Law as Blood Sport: Policy Erosion in a Highly Partisan Age, 61 Duke Law Journal 1671 (2012).
  • Texas Water Will Suffer Under Plan to Lower Standards, Austin American-Statesman, March 18, 2010. <>
  • A Movement, A Lawsuit, and the Integrity of Sponsored Law and Economics Research, 21 Stanford Law & Policy Review 51 (2010).
  • Wyeth v. Levine is a Rare Win for Consumers, Dallas Morning News, March 6, 2009 [Also appears in Austin American-Statesman, March 6, 2009.].
  • Court Takes Up Pre-Emption Doctrine, Austin American-Statesman, November 28, 2008, at A15.
  • Who Writes the Rules? The Dallas Morning News, May 9, 2008, at 23A.
  • Corporate Accountability for Scientific Fraud: Ketek and the Perils of Aggressive Agency Preemption, 58 Emory Law Journal 287 (2008).
  • Hazardous Air Pollutants, Migrating Hot Spots, and the Prospect of Data-Driven Regulation of Complex Industrial Complexes [Symposium: Harnessing the Power of Information for the Next Generation of Environmental Law], 86 Texas Law Review 1445 (2008).
  • The Complementary Roles of Common Law Courts and Federal Agencies in Producing and Using Policy-Relevant Scientific Information [Symposium: Law, Science, and the Environment Forum: A Meeting of the Minds], 37 Environmental Law 1027 (2007).
  • Did NEPA Drown New Orleans? The Levees, the Blame Game, and the Hazards of Hindsight, 56 Duke Law Journal 179 (Oct. 2006) (with Douglas A. Kysar).
  • Medical Malpractice Myths and Realities: Why an Insurance Crisis is Not a Lawsuit Crisis, 39 Loyola of Los Angeles Law Review 785 (Aug. 2006) (with DDouglas A. Kysar & Karen Sokol)
  • Resisting Regulation with Blue Ribbon Panels, XXXIII Fordham Urban Law Journal 1157 (2006).
  • Regulation and Litigation: Complementary Tools for Environmental Protection, 30 Columbia Journal of Environmental Law 371 (2005).
  • Federal Regulation of Mad Cow Disease Risks, 57 Administrative Law Review 289 (2005).
  • Talk Till Cows Come Home, But Beef Safety Takes Action, Austin American-Statesman, Feb. 12, 2004, at A15.
  • Only an Independent Agency Can Safeguard Beef, Dallas Morning News, Jan. 6, 2004, at 17A.
  • The Goals of Environmental Legislation, 31 Boston College Environmental Affairs Law Review 529 (2004).
  • MTBE: A Precautionary Tale, 28 Harvard Environmental Law Review 281 (2004).
  • Our Science is Sound Science and Their Science is Junk Science: Science-Based Strategies for Avoiding Accountability and Responsibility for Risk-Producing Products and Activities, 52 Kansas Law Review 897 (2004).
  • Beyond the Dirty Dozen: The Bush Administration's Cautious Approach to Listing New Persistent Organic Pollutants and the Future of the Stockholm Convention, 28 William & Mary Environmental Law & Policy Review 1 (2003) (with Pep Fuller).
  • On the Prospect of "Daubertizing" Judicial Review of Risk Assessment, 66 Law & Contemporary Problems 155 (2003).
  • Legal Aspects of the Regulatory Use of Environmental Modeling, 10 Environmental Law Reporter 10751 (2003) (with Wendy Wagner).
  • Counting the Cost of Health, Safety, and Environmental Regulation [Symposium: The Impact of Civil Justice on the American Economy & Polity], 80 Texas Law Review 1997 (2002) (with Ruth Ruttenberg).
  • Professor Sunstein's Fuzzy Math, 90 Georgetown Law Journal 2341 (2002).
  • Seeds of Distrust: Federal Regulation of Genetically Modified Foods, 35 University of Michigan Journal of Law Reform 403 (2002).
  • Beyond Buckman: Wrongful Manipulation of the Regulatory Process in the Law of Torts, 41 Washburn Law Journal 549 (2002).
  • Republicans Deal Workers a Setback, Dallas Morning News, Mar. 13, 2001, at 21A.
  • Proposal for Linking Culpability and Causation to Ensure Corporate Accountability for Toxic Risks, 26 William & Mary Environmental Law & Policy Review 1 (2001).
  • Politics by Other Means: Law, Science, and Policy in EPA's Implementation of the Food Quality Protection Act, 53 Administrative Law Review 103 (2001).
  • Deflecting the Assault: How EPA Survived a "Disorganized Revolution" by "Reinventing" Itself a Bit, 31 Environmental Law Reporter: News & Analysis 11249 (2001).
  • The Clean Air Act at a Crossroads: Statutory Interpretation and Longstanding Administrative Practice in the Shadow of the Delegation Doctrine, 9 NYU Environmental Law Journal 1 (2000).
  • Missing Milestones: A Critical Look at the Clean Air Act's VOC Emissions Reduction Program in Nonattainment Areas, 18 Virginia Environmental Law Journal 41 (1999).
  • A Cost-Benefit State, 50 Administrative Law Review 7 (1998).
  • The Role of Government Attorneys in Regulatory Agency Rulemaking, 61 Law & Contemporary Problems 19 (1998).
  • The Courts and the Ossification of Rulemaking: A Response to Professor Seidenfeld, 75 Texas Law Review 525 (1997).
  • The Expanded Debate Over the Future of the Regulatory State, 63 University of Chicago Law Review 1463 (1996).
  • OSHA's Critics and Regulatory Reform, 31 Wake Forest Law Review 587 (1996) (with Sidney A. Shapiro).
  • Regulating Commuters to Clear the Air: Some Difficulties in Implementing a National Program at the Local Level, 27 Pacific Law Journal 1521 (1996).
  • Read the Fine Print, New York Times, Jan. 27, 1995, at A27.
  • On Making Judges Do the Right Thing, 44 Duke Law Journal 1104 (1995).
  • The Fifth Annual Robert C. Byrd Conference on the Administrative Process: The First Year of Clinton/Gore: Reinventing Government or Refining Reagan/Bush Initiatives?, 8 Administrative Law Journal of American University 23 (1994) (with Charles J. Cooper et al.).
  • Peer Review in Awarding Federal Grants in the Arts and Sciences, 9 High Technology Law Journal 1 (1994).
  • Reforming OSHA: Some Thoughts for the Current Legislative Agenda, 31 Houston Law Review 99 (1994).
  • Radical Technology-Forcing in Environmental Regulation, 27 Loyola L.A. Law Review 943 (1994).
  • Science, Policy, and Politics in Judicial Review of Regulations, 3 Accountability in Research 127 (1993).
  • Bias in Awarding Scientific Grants: A Modest Proposal for an Audit System, 2 Accountability in Research 203 (1992).
  • Some Thoughts on "Deossifying" the Rulemaking Process, 41 Duke Law Journal 1385 (1992).
  • Poverty and the Politics of Occupational Safety and Health, 1 Kansas Journal of Law & Public Policy 129 (1991) (with Sidney A. Shapiro).
  • Not So Paradoxical: The Rationale for Technology-Based Regulation, 40 Duke Law Journal 729 (1991) (with Sidney A. Shapiro). [Reprinted in Law and the Environment: A Multidisciplinary Reader 254 (Robert V. Percival & Dorothy C. Alevizatos eds.; Philadelphia: Temple University Press, 1997)].
  • International Regulation of Deliberate Release Biotechnologies, 26 Texas International Law Journal 423 (1991).
  • The Internal Structure of EPA Rulemaking, 54 Law & Contemporary Problems 57 (1991).
  • Public Participation in Risk Regulation, 1 Risk Issues in Health & Safety 103 (1990).
  • Implementing NEPA: Some Specific Issues, 20 Environmental Law 569 (1990).
  • Biotechnology, 1 Year Book of International Environmental Law 148 (1990).
  • Reorienting OSHA: Regulatory Alternatives and Legislative Reform, 6 Yale Journal on Regulation 1 (1989) (with Sidney A. Shapiro).
  • Public Participation in Data Audits, 1 Accountability in Research 47 (1989).
  • Federal Regulation of Agricultural Biotechnologies, 20 University of Michigan Journal of Law Reform 1089 (1988).
  • Presidential Control of Regulatory Agency Decisionmaking, 36 American University Law Review 443 (1987).
  • Regulatory Analysis and Regulatory Reform, 65 Texas Law Review 1234 (1987).
  • Regulatory Reform and the Positive State: An Historical Overview, 38 Administrative Law Review 399 (1986).
  • Beyond the Hard Look: A New Standard for Judicial Review?, 2 Natural Resources & Environment 32 (1986).
  • Regulatory Reform in the Reagan Era, 45 University of Maryland Law Review 253 (1986). [Reprinted in 1987-1988 Corporate Practice Communications 291.]
  • Bhopal and the Export of Hazardous Technologies, 20 Texas International Law Journal 333 (1985).
  • Regulating Biotechnology, Issues in Science & Technology, Spring, 1985, at 40.
  • The New OSHA Rules and the Worker's Right to Know, Hastings Center Report, Aug. 1984, at 38.
  • Judicial Review of Scientific Rulemaking, 9 Science, Technology & Human Values 97 (1984).
  • Federal Regulation of Emerging Genetic Technologies, 36 Vanderbilt Law Review 461 (1983) (with Karl O. Bayer).
  • Commentary: Law, Science, and NEPA, 15 Natural Resources Law 7 (1983).
  • Media-Quality, Technology, and Cost-Benefit Balancing Strategies for Health and Environmental Regulation, 46 Law & Contemporary Problems 1593 (1983).
  • Public Regulation of Recombinant DNA Gene Therapy, 3 Journal of Legal Medicine 185 (1982) (with Sidney A. Shapiro).
  • Risk-Oriented Employment Screens, 59 Texas Law Review 6 (1981) (with Elinor P. Schroeder).
  • Contending Approaches to Regulating Laboratory Safety, 28 Kansas Law Review 183 (1980).
  • The Trade Secret Status of Health and Safety Testing Information: Reforming Agency Disclosure Policies, 93 Harvard Law Review 837 (1980) (with Sidney A. Shapiro).
  • Multi-Party Forum Shopping for Appellate Review of Administrative Action, 129 University of Pennsylvania Law Review 302 (1980).
  • Substantive and Procedural Discretion in Administrative Resolution of Science Policy Questions: Regulating Carcinogens in EPA and OSHA, 67 Georgia Law Review 729 (1979).
  • The Death and Transfiguration of Mirex: An Examination of the Integrity of Settlements Under FIFRA, 3 Harvard Environmental Law Review 112 (1979).
  • The Courts, the Agencies, and National Environmental Policy Act Threshold Issues, 55 Texas Law Review 801 (1977).


  • The Regulation-Common Law Feedback Loop in Nonpreemptive Regimes, in Preemption Choice: The Theory, Law, and Reality of Federalism's Core Question 235 (William W. Buzbee ed., Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2009).
  • Frankenfood Free: Consumer Sovereignty, Federal Regulation, and Industry Control in Marketing and Choosing Food in the United States, in Labeling Genetically Modified Food: The Philosophical and Legal Debate 128 (Paul Weirich ed.; Oxford University Press, 2007).
  • Defending Clean Science from Dirty Attacks by Special Interests, in Rescuing Science from Politics: Regulation and the Distortion of Scientific Research (New York: Cambridge University Press, 2006) (Wendy E. Wagner & Rena Steinzor eds.).
  • The Story of the Benzene Case: Judicially Imposed Regulatory Reform Through Risk Assessment, in Environmental Law Stories 141 (R. J. Lazarus & O. A. Houck eds.; New York: Foundation Press, 2005).
  • International Regulation of Deliberate Release Biotechnologies, in International Responsibility for Environmental Harm (Francesco Francioni & Tullio Scovazzi eds.; London: Graham & Trotman, 1991).
  • Regulating Biotechnology, in Regulating for the Future: The Creative Balance (Carol Tucker Foreman ed.; Washington, DC: Center for National Policy Press, 1991).
  • Risk and Trust: The Role of Regulatory Agencies, in Dealing With Risk: The Courts, the Agencies and Congress (Chicago: ABA Committee on Environmental Law, 1986).
  • Governmental Regulation of Recombinant DNA Research and Manufacturing Processes, Chapter 31 in Comprehensive Biotechnology (Murray Moo-Young ed.; New York: Pergamon Press, 1985) (with Karl O. Bayer).
  • OSHA's Generic Carcinogen Policy: Rulemaking Under Scientific and Legal Uncertainty, in Law and Science in Collaboration: Resolving Regulatory Issues in Science and Technology (J. D. Nyhart & Milton M. Carrow eds.; Lexington, MA: Lexington Books, 1983).
  • Commentary on the Social Effects of the Development of the Border Region, in Ecology and Development of the Border Region (Stanley R. Ross ed.; México: Asociacíon Nacional de Universidades e Institutos de Ensenañza Superior, 1983).
  • Judicial Review of Technological Standards Under the Clean Water Act, in Water--1978 (Gary F. Bennett ed.; New York: American Institute of Chemical Engineers, 1980) (with George Coggins).

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