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Environmental Law and Policy Annual Review


Sally Katzen Ethan Shenkman Aditi Prabhu Vanderbilt Student

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 (see methodology here). 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 article commenters present their ideas and views to an audience that includes business, government (federal, state, and local), think tank, and non-profit representatives. More information about the 2020 ELPAR conference is available here.

ELPAR is published annually in the August issue of ELR’s News & Analysis. For subscription information, visit: https://elr.info/subscription-information.

In 2019, ELPAR began publishing podcasts where ELI staff and VULS students interview some of the country’s leading law professors about their creative legal and policy proposals for addressing a range of cutting edge environmental issues. To listen to ELPAR podcasts please visit: https://www.eli.org/podcasts/elpar-podcasts

Vanderbilt University Law Students ELPAR 2019-2020 with ELI Senior Attorney Linda Breggin (front row second from right) and Professor Michael Vandenbergh (front row left)

The 2021 ELPAR Conference will take place on April 9 from 9:30 am – 3:30 pm EST in a virtual format. To register for the conference, click here.

Topics will include: 

  • Climate change litigation
  • Corporate environmental, social and governance (ESG) 
  • Environmental justice
  • Energy regulation 

The articles that will be featured at the conference include: 

  • Michael Burger, Jessica Wentz, and Radley Horton, The Law and Science of Climate Change Attribution

  • Madison Condon, Externalities and the Common Owner

  • Charles Lee, A Game Changer in the Making? Lessons from States Advancing Environmental Justice through Mapping and Cumulative Impact Strategies

  • Joshua C. Macey, Zombie Energy Laws

Please join leading professors, policymakers, and practitioners to discuss the proposals selected this year. The agenda can be found here, and speaker bios can be found here

Additionally, two articles received honorable mention recognition. The abstracts of these articles will also be included in the August 2021 issue of the Environmental Law Reporter:
  • Alexandra B. Klass, Eminent Domain Law as Climate Policy

  • Rory Van Loo, The New Gatekeepers: Private Firms as Public Enforcers 


Last year, ELPAR co-sponsored an event with Urban Green Lab, EELU & Climate Change Research Network at Vanderbilt Law on Febuary 19, 2020 from 12:00pm - 1:00pm at the Law School. The event featured a talk by Tatiana Schlossberg on her recent book, Inconspicuous Consumption. The event was free and open to the public, please find more information here.




Click here to view the
2020 issue of ELPAR.

ELPAR 2019

Click here to view the Analysis of Environmental Law Scholarship 2018-2019 article published in ELPAR.


 The 2020 issue of ELPAR was published in August in the Environmental Law Reporter. It will be posted here and will be accessible for free starting in March 2021. If you would like to see it before it is posted, please subscribe to ELR here