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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 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 

April 1, 2016 Conference:

ELPAR hosted a conference in Washington, D.C., on April 1, 2016, featuring a discussion about several of the articles. An agenda can be found here


Click here to view the
2015 issue of ELPAR.

ELPAR 2015

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