Katrina M. Wyman is the Sarah Herring Sorin Professor of Law and Director of the Environmental and Energy Law LLM Program at New York University School of Law. Her research interests fall into three categories.
First, she is interested in many issues related to property law. For instance, she has completed a number of case studies of the evolution of rights in natural resources such as fisheries and air. She is currently researching how New York City taxi medallions gradually acquired a quasi-property rights status in the twentieth century. Wyman emphasizes that the development of property rights is fundamentally a political process, at least in our times.
Second, Wyman studies natural resources law and policy. One of her main areas of interest is fisheries and oceans policy. In addition to examining the development of property rights in fisheries, she has worked on identifying the current challenges facing marine fisheries policymakers. She currently is working on an article about how the Endangered Species Act should be reformed. This article was undertaken as part of Breaking the Logjam, a project started by NYU Professor Richard Stewart and New York Law School Professor David Schoenbrod to examine how the major federal environmental statutes should be reformed.
Third, Wyman has a longstanding interest in the growing practice around the world of attempting to redress historical injustices. Some efforts to obtain redress for such injustices call for transfers of property back to prior owners or their successors. Other efforts to obtain redress seek compensatory or symbolic payments, or apologies. Wyman has published on redress for historical injustices and currently is working on another article about the topic with another professor.
Born and raised in Canada, Wyman is a graduate of the University of Toronto and Yale Law School. Before coming to NYU in 2002, she was a Research Fellow at the University of Toronto Faculty of Law in 2001-2002.