Contemporary Issues in Climate Change Law and Policy: Essays Inspired by the IPCC

Robin Kundis Craig and Stephen R. Miller
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The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s most recent set of reports, generally referred to collectively as the Fifth Assessment Report, present significant data and findings about climate change. But what role does law play in addressing and responding to these findings? This book, the second by the Environmental Law Collaborative, an affiliation of environmental law professors, focuses on the relationship between law and the Fifth Assessment Report in hopes of bridging this gap. This book’s chapters are illustrative of the overwhelming number of legal issues that climate change creates. Some of the contributions remain directly tied to the text of the IPCC’s reports, while others focus on climate change more generally. Together, this volume contributes to a constructive and helpful discussion about how to address the climate change challenge.

About the Author

Robin Kundis Craig is the William H. Leary Professor of Law at the University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law. After earning a Ph.D. at U.C. Santa Barbara in English Literature and an independent master’s degree from the Johns Hopkins University’s Writing Seminars in Writing About Science, Professor Craig attended the Lewis & Clark School of Law in Portland, Oregon, from which she graduated summa cum laude and first in her class. At the University of Utah, Professor Craig is also affiliated with the College of Law’s Stegner Center for Land, Resources, and Environment and a faculty affiliate of the University of Utah’s Global Change & Sustainability Center. Professor Craig’s research focuses on “all things water,” especially the impact of climate change on freshwater resources and the oceans, the Clean Water Act, and the intersection of water and energy law. She also has written several articles and book chapters on constitutional environmental law, administrative law, and statutory interpretation. She is the author, co-author, or editor of 10 books and the author or co-author of over 100 law review articles and book chapters.

Stephen R. Miller is Associate Professor of Law at the University of Idaho College of Law. Professor Miller’s academic works have been published by or are forthcoming from Cambridge University Press, the Harvard Environmental Law Review, the Harvard Journal on Legislation, and a number of other law reviews and professional journals. His article, “Legal Neighborhoods,” was selected to be reprinted in the Land Use and Environmental Law Review, an annual, peer-selected compendium of the 10 best land use and environmental law articles of the year. He is also the director of the College of Law’s Economic Development Clinic, through which he is principal investigator on a three-year, $240,000 grant from the U.S. Forest Service and the Idaho Department of Lands to develop legal and code-based strategies to reduce the impact of wildfire on the built environment. Professor Miller received his undergraduate degree from Brown University, an M.A. in City and Regional Planning from the University of California, Berkeley, and his J.D. from the University of California, Hastings College of Law.

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The Environmental Law Collaborative has once again produced a volume of contributions on a theme of vital importance. Contemporary Issues in Climate Change Law and Policy uses the IPCC’s latest round of reports as the lens through which to assess the progress and trajectory of law for climate change mitigation and adaptation. The result is a collection of chapters that are remarkably diverse in coverage yet coherent and intent in focus. Topics span the waterfront from national security and water infrastructure to religious perspectives and local community action. Each chapter stands on its own as thorough, insightful, and engaging, as well as a bountiful resource of law and policy update and analysis. Unified in the book through its core theme, the authors provide much to be gained for everyone from a newcomer to the rough and tumble of climate policy to those already steeped in its discourse.

—J.B. Ruhl, David Daniels Allen Distinguished Chair of Law, Vanderbilt University Law School