Dr. Denis Binder

Dr. Denis Binder

Dale E. Fowler School of Law
Expertise: Disasters and Tragedies; Toxic Torts; Environmental Law;
Office Location: Kennedy Hall 418
Phone: (714) 628-2505
Scholarly Works:
SSRN Author Page
University of San Francisco, Bachelor of Arts (Latin)
University of San Francisco, Juris Doctor
University of Michigan, Doctor of Juridical Science


Professor Binder's career teaching at law schools nationwide spans more than four decades. He has served as a consultant to a variety of organizations, ranging from the Army Corps of Engineers to Cesar Chavez and the United Farm Workers. In September 1996, Professor Binder received the National Award of Merit from the Association of State Dam Safety Officials for his contributions to promoting dam safety over the preceding two decades. He graduated first in his class at the University of San Francisco School of Law and received his LL.M. and S.J.D. degrees from the University of Michigan Law School. Professor Binder served as the President of the Chapman University Faculty Senate during the 2006-2007 academic year and as chair of the Environmental Law Section of The Association of American Law Schools for 2011-2012. 

Courses Taught:

Remedies, Remedies and Practice Lab, and Environmental Law.

List of Scholarly Publications

Recent Creative, Scholarly Work and Publications

Introduction, 5 Diversity and social Justice Forum 5
The Pillars of Modern American Environmental Law
A History of Anti-Asian Animus in America, 4 Diversity & Social Justice Forum 46
Meaty, Beaty, Big and Monopolistic: The Story of General Motors
NEPA at 50: Standing Tall
The Deceptive Allure of Singapore's Urban Planning to Urban Planners in America
A Tribute to Professor Ron Rotunda
Preliminary Hearings and Issue Preclusion: Does a Finding of Probable Cause in a Preliminary Hearing Preclude a Subsequent False Arrest Claim? Daily Journal, March 26, 2017
The Findings of an Empirical Study of the Application of Criminal Law in Non-Terrorist Disasters, Futures 102 (2018) 134-145
Posted on website denisbinder.com a list of 421 incidents of criminal prosecutions in non-terrorist disasters and tragedies, the only broad on-line list(91 pages with descriptions of each incident)
One leap too far for the federal Endangered Species Act, Daily Journal
The Findings of an Updated Study of the Application of Criminal Law in Non-terrorist Disasters and Tragedies, 9 The Bus. & Mgmt. Rev. 153, (Vol. 2, November 2017)
Some Rough Historical Parallels Between South Africa and the United States, Journal of Comparative Urban Law & Policy, Vol. 1, Iss. 1, Article 16
The Nature of Extreme Natural Risks in the Natural Environment, 7 Wash. J. L. & Pol'y 340
Whither Warsaw, Studia Juridica LXIII at 247
(The Idiot's Guide to) Cybersecurity for Lawyers: Simple Steps to Protect Your Data, 59 Orange County Bar Journal 31
The Increasing Application of Criminal Law to Disasters and Tragedies, 30-WTR Nat. Resources & Environment 40
The Increasing Application of Criminal Law in Disasters and Tragedies: A Global Perspective, 38 WNE L. Rev. 313
Introduction to Symposium: Cyberwars: Navigating responsibilities for the Public and Private Sector, 19 Chapman L. rev. 351
A Tort perspective on Cyberbullying, 19 Chapman L. Rev. 359
Can We Secure the Hallowed halls of Academe?, 28 Regent U. L. Rev.253
A 2014 Primer on Academic Freedom, Tenure, First Amendment, and Faculty Self-Governance, in K. Burch, Legal Education in the 21st Century (Bahcesehir University)
An Outsider's Perspective on Istanbul's Emergency Planning, Bahcesehir Law Review 55-74 (English) 75-94 (Turkish) (2014)
Looking Back to the Future: The Curmudgeon's Guide to the Future of Environmental Law, 46 Albany L. Rev. 993 (2013)
Perspectives on Fourty Years of Environmental Law, 1 G.W. JEEL 143
Food Fights - Southern California Style, 12 Nexus L. J. 97 (2012)
Lead Editor of the Homeland Security Committee of the ABA Section of Environmental, Energy, and Natural Resources Law's section of The Year in Review, pages 361-363 (2011)
Republication of" Emergency Action Plans: A Legal and Practical Blueprint," 63 U. Pitt. L. Rev. 791 (2002) in Dan Farber & Michael Faure, Disaster Law (Elgar 2010)
Lessons From the BP Emergency Action Plan in Action, 40 ELR 11115 (November 2010) Lead Editor of the Homeland Security Committee of the ABA Section of Environmental, Energy, and Natural Resources Law's section of The Year in Review, pages 361-363 (2011)