Anna A. Mance

Headshot of Anna A. Mance, faculty member at SMU Dedman School of Law.

Assistant Professor of Law

Full-time faculty


Anna A. Mance joins SMU Dedman School of Law from Stanford Law School where she was a Thomas C. Grey Fellow and Lecturer in Law. Professor Mance’s teaching and scholarly interests are in the areas of environmental law, climate law, international law and development, transnational law, civil procedure, and public governance and accountability. Her recent work assesses the relationship between state capacity to address climate change and private enforcement of environmental law.

Professor Mance’s work has been published or is forthcoming in law reviews and interdisciplinary scholarly journals including the Stanford Law Review , Cardozo Law Review, and The Lancet . Her scholarship is informed by her extensive experience in global environmental health and international development as Vice Chair of Policy of the ABA International Environmental Law Committee from 2013 to 2016 where she drafted ABA reports on various initiatives including to ratify UNCLOS and to institute a global lead paint ban, as a Visiting Attorney at the Environmental Law Institute, as a Climate Fellow at NRDC, and as a post-graduate researcher in Global Environmental Health at the University of California-Berkeley School of Public Health. Professor Mance has also worked on novel approaches to address climate change and sea level rise; she is currently addressing wildlife and biodiversity protection through impact litigation with the interdisciplinary WILDS Project.

Professor Mance holds an M.S./MDP from the University of California-Berkeley and a J.D. from the University of Miami School of Law. After graduating from law school with honors, Professor Mance spent five years as a litigator at the Miami offices of Aballí Milne Kalil, focusing on transnational disputes and fraud investigations, and served as Global Counsel for BitPesa, based in Nairobi.

Area of expertise

  • Civil Procedure
  • Climate Law
  • Environmental Law
  • International Law and Development
  • Public Governance and Accountability


B.A., University of Wisconsin-Madison
J.D., University of Miami School of Law
M.S., University of California-Berkeley


Civil Procedure
Environmental Enforcement
Environmental Law


How Private Enforcement Exacerbates Climate Change, Cardozo Law Review (forthcoming 2023)

The Bribery Double Standard: Leveraging the Foreign-Domestic Divide, 74 Stanford Law Review (forthcoming 2022) (with Dinsha Mistree)

Environmental Liability Litigation Could Remedy Biodiversity Loss, Conservation Letters (2021) (with Jacob Phelps et al.) (peer reviewed)

The Last Summer Olympics? Climate Change, Health, and Work Outdoors, 388 The Lancet 642 (2016) (with Kirk Smith et al.
The Lancet

Buying the Farm: Protecting Human Rights and the Environment in the Face of Global Agricultural Expansion, 28 Natural Resources & Environment 2 (Fall 2013)

The Uncertain Future of Hydroelectric Dams on China’s Transboundary Rivers, 15 International Environmental and Resources Law Committee Newsletter 3 (August 2013)

Other publications

HAITI: Human Rights Investigation, University of Miami Center for the Study of Human Rights (2006) (with Irwin Stotzky, Quinn Smith, and Rebecca Yagerman)
The Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti 


Colloquium on Environmental Scholarship, Vermont Law School, 2022 (presenter)

Grey Fellows Forum, Stanford Law School, 2019, 2021, 2022 (presenter)

Northern California International Law Scholars Conference, UC Davis School of Law, 2021 (presenter)

LatCrit Biennial Conference, Georgia State University College of Law, 2019 (presenter)

Clinical Writers’ Conference, NYU School of Law, 2019 (presenter)

ABA Fall Meeting, Drones, GMOs, and Biotech: Can Technology Save Nature? Or Does the Law Get in the Way?, Montreal, Canada, Oct. 23, 2015 (moderator)

Commonwealth Working Group on Virtual Currencies, Role of Virtual Currency in Stimulating Growth and Private Investment in Developing Economies, London, England, Aug. 25, 2015 (invited speaker)