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Environmental Law and Policy Annual Review

Environmental Law and Policy Annual Review

The Environmental Law and Policy Annual Review (ELPAR) is a special issue of the Environmental Law Reporter (ELR), published in collaboration with the Vanderbilt University Law School (VULS) and the Environmental Law Institute (ELI) in Washington, DC. Each year, Vanderbilt Law students work with an expert advisory committee and senior staff from ELI to identify the year’s best academic articles that present legal and policy solutions to pressing environmental problems. The result is a one issue, student-edited volume that includes condensed versions of the selected articles, along with commentaries from leading experts from the academy, law firms, business, government and non-governmental organizations.

In conjunction with the publication, ELI and Vanderbilt co-sponsor an annual conference at which the authors of the articles and comments present their ideas and views to an audience that includes business, government (federal, state, and local), think tank, and non-profit representatives. 

We discussed the following articles on April 4, 2014 on Capitol Hill, Washington, DC:

  • Cary Coglianese, Enhancing Public Access to Online Rulemaking Information, 2 Mich. J. Envtl. & Admin. L. 1
  • Cynthia R. Farina et al., Rulemaking vs. Democracy: Judging and Nudging Public Participation That Counts, 2 Mich. J. Envtl.& Admin. L. 123
  • Jedediah Purdy, Our Place in the World: A New Relationship for Environmental Ethics and Law, 62 Duke L.J. 857

A full conference agenda and audio recording can be found here. Pictures from the conference can be viewed here

In addition to the articles that were selected to be discussed at the 2014 conference, the following articles received an honorable mention and will be featured in the upcoming issue of ELPAR:

  • John Bronsteen et al., Well-Being Analysis vs. Cost-Benefit Analysis, 62 Duke L.J. 1603 
  • Alexandria B. Klass & Elizabeth J. Wilson, Interstate Transmission Challenges for Renewable Energy: A Federalism Mismatch, 65 Vand. L. Rev. 1801


ELPAR also hosted several environmental law and policy experts at Vanderbilty University Law School during the 2013-2014 academic year. Click here for a list of the speakers.


Click here to view the 2013 issue of ELPAR.

ELPAR 2013

 Click here to view the Trends in Environmental Law Scholarship 2008-2012 article published in ELPAR.

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