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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. 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 2018 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.

ELPAR VULS Class 2018-2019

Vanderbilt University Law Students ELPAR 2018-2019 with ELI Senior Attorney Linda Breggin (front row left) and Professor Michael Vandenbergh (front row right)


2018 featured articles include:

  • Preventing Industrial Disasters in a Time of Climate Change: A Call for Financial Assurance Mandates, presented by author Zachary C.M. Arnold 
  • Visual Rulemaking, presented by co-author Kathryn A. Watts (University of Washington School of Law)
  • Impact Transaction: Lawyering for the Public Good Through Collective Impact Agreements, presented by author Patience Crowder (University of Denver Sturm College of Law)
  • Managing the Future of the Electricity Grid: Distributed Generation and Net Metering, presented by co-author Burcin Unel (New York University School of Law - Institute for Policy Integrity) *
  • Relative Administrability, Conservatives, and Environmental Regulatory Reform, presented by author Blake Hudson (University of Houston Law Center) **


2018 Conference in Washington, DC:

The 2018 ELPAR DC conference took place on Friday, April 6, from 10:00 am to 2:30 pm, at ELI. It featured discussions about several of the articles selected for publication this year. The event was free and open to the public. A recording is available below. 



* Presented via webinar only on Monday, April 9, at 1:00 pm Eastern Time.

** Presented at a separate conference at Vanderbilt University Law School in Nashville, TN, on Monday, March 12, at 12:00 pm Central Time.



Click here to view the
2017 issue of ELPAR.

ELPAR 2017

Click here to view the Analysis of Environmental Law Scholarship 2016-2017 article published in ELPAR.