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Environmental Law and Policy Annual Review


Sharon Burke, Senior Fellow, New America Foundation Peter Robertson, The Pebble Partnership, and Bradley Campbell, Bradley M. Campbell LLC. Left to Right: John Dukes, Executive Director of Sales: Federal & Public Sector, Constellation Energy; Amanda Simpson, Executive Director, U.S. Army Office of Energy Initiatives; Michael Vandenbergh, David Daniels Allen Distinguished Chair of Law at Vanderbilt University; Kristen Rasnic, Vanderbilt University Law School student view of the audience at 2015 ELPAR conference

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. 

ELPAR Article Selections for 2015-2016:

  • Eric Biber & J.B. Ruhl, The Permit Power Revisited: The Theory and Practice of Regulatory Permits in the Administrative State, 64 Duke L. J. 133
  • Michael A. Livermore & Richard L. Revesz, Rethinking Health-Based Environmental Standards, 89 N.Y.U. L. Rev. 1184
  • Shelley Welton, Non-Transmission Alternatives, 39 Harv. Envtl. L. Rev. 457

Honorable Mentions:

  • Alejandro E. CamachoGoing the Way of the Dodo: De-Exctinction, Dualisms, and Reframing Conservation, 92 Wash. U. L. Rev. 849
  • Matthew WansleyCost-Benefit Analysis as a Commitment Device, 87 Temp. L. Rev. 447 

ELPAR will be hosting a Conference in Washington D.C., on April 1, 2016, from 9:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m., featuring a discussion with some of the above authors about their articles. Additionally, Vanderbilt University Law School will be hosting a conference on March 29, 2016, from 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. to discuss one of the above articles.


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


Click here to view the
2014 issue of ELPAR.


                ELPAR 2013

Click here to view the Trends in Environmental Law Scholarship 2008-2014 article published in ELPAR.