Sanne H. Knudsen

  • Stimson Bullitt Endowed Professor of Environmental Law


Phone: (206) 221-7443


B.S. 1998, Northwestern University M.S. 2002, University of Michigan J.D., magna cum laude, 2002, University of Michigan

Curriculum Vitae

Areas of Expertise

Administrative Law — Environmental Law

Recent Courses

LAW A 502 Civil Procedure I
LAW A 509 Administrative Law
LAW A 527 Environmental Law

Professor Sanne H. Knudsen received a B.S. in Environmental Engineering from Northwestern University, an M.S. in Environmental Engineering from the University of Michigan, and a J.D. from the University of Michigan, where she graduated Order of the Coif and was a member of the Michigan Law Review. After graduating from law school, she clerked for the Honorable Ronald M. Gould on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. Professor Knudsen went on to practice law in the area of environmental litigation at Faegre & Benson in Minneapolis, and Sidley, Austin Brown & Wood in Chicago. While at Faegre, Professor Knudsen represented numerous environmental public interest organizations on a pro bono basis. Her clients included Defenders of Wildlife, the Humane Society of the United States, Sierra Club, Friends of the Boundary Waters Wilderness, and Northeastern Minnesotans for Wilderness.

After leaving law practice, Professor Knudsen became a Visiting Assistant Professor that the University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law. While in Utah, she taught Natural Resources Law, Environmental Practice, and Wildlife Law. She also supervised clinical students in conjunction with the Western Resource Advocates Environmental Law Clinic.

Professor Knudsen joined the University of Washington School of Law in 2011. She teaches Natural Resources Law, Environmental Law, Administrative Law, and Civil Procedure. Her scholarship focuses on how environmental laws and tort liability frameworks can better reduce or redress long-term and multiple-stressor environmental harms. Her most recent work, entitled "Regulating Cumulative Risk," is forthcoming in the Minnesota Law Review and argues that the public health implications of combined exposures to pesticides and chemicals requires greater regulatory emphasis on cumulative risk assessment.

  • Speaker, State, Tribal and Private Powers: Climate Change, University of Washington School of Law (November 14, 2017)
  • Speaker, "Climate Science in the Courts", 30th Annual Indian Law Symposium, University of Washington School of Law (September 8, 2017)
  • Speaker, "Challenging Federal Decision-Making: A Short Primer on the APA", Washington State Attorney General Office (May 30, 2017)
  • Speaker, "Regulating Cumulative Risk", Faculty Colloquium Series, University of Washington School of Law (April 26, 2017)
  • Speaker, "The Flipside of Michigan v. EPA: Are Cumulative Impacts Centrally Relevant?", Stegner Center Distinguished Young Scholar Lecture, University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law (November 3, 2016)
  • Speaker, "Remedying Long-Term Harms", Sustainability Law Conference, Arizona State University School of Law (May 13, 2016)
  • Speaker, "Remedying Long-Term Natural Resource Damages and the Influence of Science", University of Calgary Faculty of Law (March 23, 2016)
  • Speaker, "The Long-Term Tort", Notre Dame University Roundtable, (November 13, 2014)
  • Speaker, "Economic Valuation of Wilderness", Stegner Center Wilderness Act at 50 Symposium, University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law (September 25, 2014)
  • Speaker, "Lessons Learned From the History of Seminole Rock", Public Policy Conference on Administration Unbound: Delegation, Deference, and Discretion, George Mason University Antonin Scalia Law School (September 12, 2014)
  • Speaker, "Legal and Policy Developments for U.S. Exports Under Current U.S. Law: Environmental Issues", Energy Exports in the Northwest: The Public Policy and Legal Issues at Play and Their Likely Outcomes, Law Seminars International (October 24, 2013)
  • Speaker, "The Long-Term Tort: In Search of a New Casual Paradigm for Natural Resource Damages", 2013 Harvard/Stanford/Yale Junior Faculty Forum, (June 14, 2013)
  • Speaker, "Protecting Ecosystem Services: Problems of Mixing Law and Ecology", CLE Seminar, Center of Environmental Law & Policy (December 7, 2012)
  • Panelist, "Precautionary Principle: Regulatory and Tort Perspectives", 2012 Mid-Year Meeting, Workshop on Torts, Environment and Disaster, Association of American Law Schools (June 8, 2012)
  • Speaker, "Balancing Good in the Use and Preservation of Natural Resources", Annual Meeting, J. Reuben Clark Society (February 13, 2010)