The Environmental Law and Policy Annual Review (ELPAR) is published annually in the August issue of the Environmental Law Reporter (ELR) 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, senior staff from ELI, and Vanderbilt law professors to identify the year’s best academic articles that present legal and policy solutions to pressing environmental problems.
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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.
ELPAR is designed to bring ideas from the academy to policymakers and practitioners, as well as recognize and incentivize scholars to write articles that include creative and feasible law and policy proposals. This is made possible through the support of an expert advisory committee.
- Top Picks
- Curtis, Do ESG Mutual Funds Deliver on Their Promises?
- Ruhl & Craig, 4oC
- Ziaja, How Algorithm- Assisted Decision Making Is Influencing Environmental Law and Climate Adaptation
- Sunstein, Arbitrariness Review and Climate Change
- Zevin, Building a New Grid without New Legislation: A Path to Revitalizing Federal Transmission Authorities
- Honorable Mentions
2023 ELPAR Conference
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Environmental Law Institute and Virtual
Friday, March 31, 2023
9:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. ET
Sponsored by: ELI and Vanderbilt Law School
Co-sponsored by: D.C. Bar Environment, Energy and Natural Resources Community and Women's Council on Energy and the Environment
Building a New Grid without New Legislation Webinar
Monday, February 27, 2023
1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. ET
Webinar recording will be available shortly.
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Long-distance, high-voltage transmission is central to integrating renewable generation at a sufficient scale to enable the US to decarbonize its electric system. Please join us for a discussion with Justin Gundlach and Isabel Carey on their proposals for how the U.S. Department of Energy and the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission can use existing authorities to advance transmission development—even in the absence of Congressional action.
Co-authored with Ari Zevin and Sam Walsh, Gundlach and Carey’s article Building a New Grid without New Legislation: A Path to Revitalizing Federal Transmission Authorities (originally published in Ecology Law Quarterly) was selected for inclusion in the 2023 Environmental Law and Policy Annual Review (ELPAR), an annual joint publication of the Environmental Law Institute’s Environmental Law Reporter and Vanderbilt University Law School. The objective of ELPAR is to make some of the year’s best environmental law or policy ideas more accessible to policymakers and practitioners. To view the list of the ELPAR top 20 articles, please see our Article Overview Chart.
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