Michael Baram

baramProfessor of Law
Professor of Health Law
School of Law
School of Public Health

LL.B., Columbia University School of Law

(617) 353-5294

Research Interests:

  • Environmental Law
  • Biotechnology Law

Courses Taught:

Brief Biography:

Michael Baram is Professor of Law at Boston University School of Law and also holds faculty appointments in the School of Public Health (Health Law Division) and the Bioinformatics Department at BU. He is also a Legal Volunteer at the Conservation Law Foundation. He was previously a partner in the Boston law firm of Bracken and Baram for over 25 years, and a Professor at MIT.

He has provided consulting and legal services to numerous public and private organizations including: the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Department of Energy, and Federal Emergency Management Agency; the United Nations, the World Health Organization, the OECD, the European Union, the Geneva Association, the World Resources Institute, the American Petroleum Institute, the Chemical Manufacturers Association, the Administrative Conference of the U.S., the Congressional Office of Technology Assessment, the states of Massachusetts, Connecticut, and California, Tufts University, Clark University, and various corporations. He has also been Visiting Professor at the Technical University of Berlin and a lecturer at Carnegie-Mellon University and Clark University.

He has served on numerous expert committees and boards including: National Academy of Sciences Committees (on Ionizing Radiation (“BEIR II”), Radioactive Waste Management, EPA Decisionmaking, and Wastewater and Sludge Management); the EPA Toxic Substances Advisory Committee; the OSHA Construction Safety and Health Advisory Committee; Massachusetts Advisory Committees (on Low Level Rad Waste, Right to Know Law, and Water Supply); the American Bar Association Environmental Law Committee (Chairman); the Chemical Education Foundation Board of Trustees; U.S. Delegation to the OECD on Chemical Industry Safety Hazards; Northeast Business Environmental Network Board of Directors; Wharton Risk Management Center Advisory Board; and other committees at the Congressional Office of Technology Assessment, U.S. Department of Energy, MIT (Nuclear Engineering Department), Boston University (Center for Energy and Environmental Studies), Harvard (Law & Technology Society); and journal editorial boards of the American Society of Law and Medicine, the National Association of Environmental Professionals, the Society for Risk Analysis, BU and Harvard Law Schools (journals of  law & technology); and the Journal of BioLaw and Business.

His publications include seven books: Safety Management (1998), Managing Chemical Risks (1992), Transnational Corporations and Industrial Hazards Disclosure (1991), Corporate Disclosure of Environmental Risks: U.S. and E.C. Law (1990), Alternatives to Regulation for Managing Risks to Health, Safety, Environment (1982), Environmental Law and the Siting of Facilities (1976), and Marine Mining: Legal, Technical and Environmental Considerations (1978). Several reports have also been published by the Congressional Office of Technology Assessment, the Administrative Conference of the U.S., the European Union, and the National Academy of Sciences. Over 110 articles have also been published in legal, professional and academic journals, books and other media (e.g. in ScienceThe New York Times,Environmental Health PerspectivesSafety Science Journal).