Thomas Heller

Thomas Heller is the Lewis Talbot and Nadine Hearn Shelton Professor of International Legal Studies, Emeritus at Stanford University. He received an A.B. from Princeton University (1965) and an LL.B. from Yale University (1968). He teaches law and international political economy, with a particular focus on the comparative economic law corporate governance and finance, labor, competition law) in Europe, the United States and Japan, and on strategies for investment or other business transactions in developing economies with weak legal systems. He has worked extensively in the energy sectors in developing countries and been closely engaged with the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change in its exploration of (sustainable) development and climate. As co-director of the Stanford Program in Energy and Sustainable Development, his current research focuses on the political economy of energy sector reform in China, India, Brazil, South Africa and Mexico, as well as the relation of energy futures to problems of environment and good governance.