Nicholas Doman Professor of International Environmental Law • Director, Center for Energy & Environmental Security
School of Law


Ph.D., Law, University of Durham, 1978
LL.B., Sri Lanka

Regional and Thematic Interests

South Asia
Government/Political Systems


Lakshman Guruswamy, the Nicholas Doman Professor of International Environmental Law at the University of Colorado at Boulder, was born in Sri Lanka, and is a recognized expert in International Environmental and Energy Law. Lakshman teaches International Environmental Law, International Energy Law, and Energy Justice at CU. He is also the Director of the Center for Energy & Environment Security (CEES) of the University of Colorado. This is an interdisciplinary Center that seeks to find renewable energy solutions for the energy deficits confronting the globe, and pursues environmental justice for peoples of the developing world. Prior to joining the University of Colorado, he taught in Sri Lanka, the UK, and the Universities of Iowa and Arizona. Guruswamy is a frequent speaker at scholarly meetings in the US and around the world. He is the author of books traversing crucial aspects of international environmental and energy law, and is widely published in international energy and environmental law in legal and scientific journals.

Selected Publications

2016, International Energy and Poverty: The Emerging Contours, (Routledge).

2016, Global Energy Justice: Law and Policy, (West).

2012, “State Responsibility in Promoting Environmental Corporate Responsibility.” Reproduced in International Environmental Law and World Order: a Problem-Oriented Coursebook, edited by Lakshman Guruswamy, Burns H. Weston, Geoffrey W.R. Palmer, and Jonathan C. Carlson. St. Paul, MN: West.