Sarah E. Light
Professor Light’s research examines issues at the intersection of environmental law and business innovation. Her articles have addressed the regulatory implications of the rise of transportation platforms like Uber and Lyft; how business innovation, such as Microsoft’s adoption of a private carbon fee, can be a form of private environmental governance; and the U.S. military’s role in stimulating private technological innovation to reduce fossil fuel use in what Light has called The Military-Environmental Complex. Her articles have appeared in and are forthcoming in the Duke Law Journal, the UCLA Law Review, the Vanderbilt Law Review, the Emory Law Journal and the Stanford Environmental Law Journal, among others.
In 2017, Professor Light was awarded the Excellence in Teaching Award in the MBA Program at Wharton. In 2016, Professor Light was one of ten faculty nominated by the MBA student body for the Helen Kardon Moss Anvil Award for Outstanding MBA Teaching.
- JD, Yale Law School, 2000
- M. Phil, Politics, Oxford University (Rhodes Scholar), 1997
- A.B., Social Studies, Magna Cum Laude, Harvard University, 1995
Assistant Professor of Legal Studies and Business Ethics
The Wharton School
Legal Studies and Business Ethics
Sarah E. Light (Forthcoming). The Law of the Corporation as Environmental Law, Stanford Law Review, Volume 71.
Sarah E. Light (2018). Regulatory Horcruxes, Duke Law Journal, Volume 67.
Sarah E. Light (2018). The Role of the Federal Government in Regulating the Sharing Economy, In Cambridge Handbook on the Law of the Sharing Economy, edited by Nestor Davidson, Michèle Finck, and John Infranca, Cambridge Univ. Press.
Eric Biber, Sarah E. Light, J. B. Ruhl, James Salzman (2017). Regulating Business Innovation as Policy Disruption: From the Model T to Airbnb, Vanderbilt Law Review, 70 (5), 1561-1626.
Sarah E. Light (2017). Advisory Nonpreemption, Washington University Law Review, 95 (2), 325-383.
Nicolas Cornell and Sarah E. Light (2017). Wrongful Benefit & Arctic Drilling, UC Davis Law Review, 50, 1845-1909.
Sarah E. Light and Eric W. Orts (2017). Public and Private Procurement in Environmental Governance, In Policy Instruments in Environmental Law, edited by Ken Richards & Josephine van Zeben.
Sarah E. Light (2017). The Military-Environmental Complex and the Courts, Journal of Land Use and Environmental Law, 32 (2), 455-476.
Sarah E. Light (2017). Precautionary Federalism and the Sharing Economy, Emory Law Journal, 66, 333.
Sarah E. Light and Michael Vandenbergh (2016). Private Environmental Governance, In Environmental Decision Making, Encyclopedia of Environmental Law, edited by Lee Paddock, Nicholas Bryner, Robert Glicksman.
Sarah E. Light (2016). Foreword: Regulating Toxic Chemicals through Precautionary Federalism, Penn Undergraduate L.J.
Sarah E. Light (Forthcoming). Precautionary Federalism and the Sharing Economy, Emory Law Journal, 66.
Sarah E. Light, Michael Vandenbergh (2015) Private Environmental Governance, In Environmental Decision Making, Encyclopedia of Environmental Law.
Sarah E. Light (2015). The Military-Environmental Complex (abridged), Environmental Law & Policy Annual Review.
Sarah E. Light, Eric W. Orts (2015). Parallels in Public and Private Environmental Governance, Michigan Journal of Environmental and Administrative Law, 5, 1.
Sarah E. Light (2015). The New Insider Trading: Environmental Markets within the Firm, Stanford Environmental Law Journal, 34 (1), 3.
Sarah E. Light (2014). The Military-Environmental Complex, B.C. L. Review, 55, 879.
Sarah E. Light (2014). Valuing National Security: Climate Change, The Military, and Society, UCLA Law Review, 61, 1772.
Sarah E. Light (2013). NEPA’s Footprint: Information Disclosure as a Quasi-Carbon Tax on Agencies, Tulane Law Review, 87, 511.
Sarah E. Light (1999). Rejecting the Logic of Confinement: Care Relationships and the Mentally Disabled Under Tort Law, Yale Law Journal, 109, 381.
Sarah E. Light (1999). The Human Rights Injunction: Equitable Remedies Under the Alien Tort Claims Act, TRANSNAT’L L. & CONTEMP. PROBS. , 9, 653.
In this interview on Wharton Business Radio on SiriusXM channel 111, Professor Sarah Light talks about how mainstream businesses are advancing sustainability, where her research suggests we’re headed, and what the best tactics look to be for bringing private enterprise and national governments together to stave off a climate crisis.