John S. Applegate

John S. Applegate

James L. Calamaras Professor of Law and IU Executive Vice President for University Academic Affairs

  • B.A., Haverford College 1978
  • J.D., Harvard University 1981
  • Appointed IU Vice President for Planning, and Policy, July 2008; IU Executive Vice President for University Academic Affairs, since 2013
  • Appointed IU Vice President for University Regional Affairs, Planning, and Policy, March 2010
  • Presidential Fellow, Indiana University, 2007-08
  • James B. Helmer Jr. Professor, University of Cincinnati College of Law, 1987-98
  • Clerk, Hon. Edward S. Smith, U.S. Court of Appeals, Federal Circuit, 1981-83
  • Neighborhood Legal Services Program, 1986
  • Associate, Covington & Burling, 1983-87
  • Elected to Phi Beta Kappa at Haverford College

Professor Applegate, a distinguished environmental law scholar, joined the faculty in 1998. Nationally recognized for his work in environmental risk assessment and policy analysis, he has written many articles on the regulation of toxic substances and public participation in environmental decisions.

In addition, Applegate is an award-winning teacher, known for his ability to present complex information with an engaging style and wry wit. His courses include Toxic Substances and Hazardous Wastes, International Environmental Law, Property, and Administrative Law.

In 2007, he was appointed Indiana University's first Presidential Fellow, serving both retired President Adam Herbert and current President Michael McRobbie as a senior member of the IU President's staff. He currently serves as IU’s Executive Vice President for University Academic Affairs.

Selected Works
  • THE REGULATION OF TOXIC SUBSTANCES AND HAZARDOUS WASTES, 2d ed. (& Jan G. Laitos, Jeffrey M. Gaba, Noah M. Sachs) and Teachers Manual (Foundation Press 2011) (third edition under contract for 2018).
  • ENVIRONMENTAL LAW: RCRA, CERCLA, AND THE MANAGEMENT OF HAZARDOUS WASTE (Foundation: Turning Point Series) (& Jan G. Laitos) (2005).
  • THE INTERNATIONAL LIBRARY OF ESSAYS IN ENVIRONMENTAL LAW: ENVIRONMENTAL RISK (2 volumes; Ashgate 2004) (editor), and Introduction: Environmental Risk: Defining the Problem and Disciplining the Response (pp. xiii-xxiv).
  • Synthesizing TSCA and REACH: Practical Principles for Chemical Regulation Reform, 35 ECOLOGY L.Q. 721 (2008), reprinted in 41 LAND USE AND ENVIRONMENT L. REV. 515 (2010), as one of the peer-selected six best environmental law articles published in 2009.
  • Bridging the Data Gap: Balancing the Supply and Demand for Chemical Information, 86 Tex. L. Rev. 1365 (2008).
  • The Story of Reserve Mining: Managing Scientific Uncertainty in Environmental Regulation in ENVIRONMENTAL LAW STORIES (Richard Lazarus & Oliver Houck, eds.) (Foundation Press 2005). 
  • The Taming of the Precautionary Principle, 27 WM & M. ENVTL. L. & POLICY REV. 13 (2002).           
  • Institutional Controls or Emperor’s Clothes?  Long-Term Stewardship of the Nuclear Weapons Complex, 28 ENVTL. L. REP. (Envtl. L. Inst.) 10631 (1998) (& Stephen Dycus). 
  • Beyond the Usual Suspects:  The Use of Citizens Advisory Boards in Environmental Decisionmaking, 73 IND. L.J. 903 (1998). 
  • A Beginning and Not an End in Itself:  The Proper Role of Risk in Environmental Decisionmaking, 63 U. CIN. L. REV. 1643 (1995).
  • Environmental law
  • Regulation of toxic substances and hazardous waste
  • Radioactive waste management
  • Administrative law