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Alison Peck

Alison Peck

Robert M. Steptoe & James D. Steptoe Professor of Law
Director of the Immigration Law Clinic
Director of International Programs


  • 2020-21 WVU College of Law Significant Scholarship Award
  • 2018-19 WVU College of Law Significant Scholarship Award
  • 2013-2014 WVU College of Law Significant Scholarship Award


  • LL.M., University of Arkansas (Agricultural Law), 2008
  • J.D., Yale Law School, 1995
  • B.A., Butler University (Journalism, Spanish and French), 1992


Alison Peck teaches and writes in the area of global sustainable development, including trade, immigration, and environmental law. Professor Peck leads WVU students every summer in a study abroad experience in Uganda, mentoring high school students in school-wide entrepreneurship competitions and generating new ideas for sustainable development both at home and abroad. 

Professor Peck practiced international arbitration and commercial litigation with Boies, Schiller & Flexner LLP in Washington, D.C. She clerked for Judge Jon O. Newman of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit and Judge G. Federico Mancini of the Court of Justice for the European Communities. She received a J.D. from Yale Law School and an LL.M. in Agricultural Law from the University of Arkansas-Fayetteville.


  • The Accidental History of the U.S. Immigration Courts: War, Fear, and the Roots of Dysfunction (University of California Press, forthcoming May 2021)
  • Standard Oil, Consolidation Coal, and the Roots of the Resource Curse in West Virginia , 124 W. Va. L. Rev. __ (forthcoming 2021). 
  • Withdrawing from NAFTA, 107 Geo. L.J. 647 (2019)
  • Identity-Based Conflicts in Public Policy: The Case of Hydraulic Fracturing Policy in Pennsylvania, 79 U. Pitt L. Rev., Vol. 79, 2018
  • Re-Framing Biotechnology Regulation, 72 Food & Drug L. J. 314 (2017)
  • The Failure of Federal Biotechnology Regulation, 51 Valparaiso Univ. L. Rev. 483 (2017)
  • Editor, International Trade Law Profs Blog
  • Talking About Shale in Any Language, in Delivering Energy Law and Policy in the EU and the US: A Reader, Edinburgh University Press (July 2016)
  • The Aftermath of Alt v. EPA: Unresolved Tensions in Poultry Farm Pollution Control , 118 W. Va. L. Rev. 981 (2016)
  • The Cost of Cutting Agricultural Output: Interpreting the Capper Volstead Act, 80 Missouri L. Rev. 451 (2015)
  • Does Regulation Chill Democratic Deliberation? The Case of GMOs, 46 CREIGHTON L. REV.  (2013)
  • Revisiting the Tea Party: Obesity and Food Consumption Laws in America, in SOCIAL SCIENTISTS EXPLAIN THE TEA PARTY MOVEMENT: WITH A SELECTION OF PRIMARY DOCUMENTS (Roger Chapman ed., 2013)
  • Sustainable Development and the Reconciliation of Opposites, 57 ST. LOUIS U. L.J. 151 (2012)
  • Cows v. Capitalists: Visions of a Post-Carbon Economy (Review of SIMON FAIRLIE, MEAT: A BENIGN EXTRAVAGANCE), 8 J. FOOD L. & POL’Y 127 (2012)
  • Revisiting the Tea Party: The History of Regulating Food Consumption in America, 80 UMKC LAW REVIEW 1 (2011)
  • Leveling the Playing Field in GMO Risk Assessment: Importers, Exporters, and the Limits of Science, 28BOSTON UNIV. INT’L L.J. 241 (2010)
  • Toward an Advocacy Strategy for GMOAccountability, 21 GEO. INT’L ENVTL. L. REV. 371 (2008)
  • Standing for Protection of Collective Rights in the European Communities, 32 GEO. WASH. J. INT’L L. & ECON. 367 (2000)

Teaching Experience

  • Professor, West Virginia University College of Law, Fall 2014-present
  • Associate Professor, West Virginia University College of Law, Fall 2009-14
  • Adjunct Professor of Law, University of Arkansas School of Law, 2008-09

Professional Experience

  • Senior Attorney, Boies, Schiller & Flexner LLP, Washington, D.C. , 1999-2005
  • Law Clerk, Judge G. Federico Mancini, Court of Appeals for the European Communities, 1999
  • Associate, Baker & Daniels, LLP, Indianapolis, Ind., 1997-98
  • Assistant Director and Senior Research FellowGlobal Constitutionalism Project at Yale Law School, New Haven, Conn. 1996-97
  • Law Clerk, Judge Jon O. Newman, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, 1995-96
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