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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 2019 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.

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)


2020 featured articles include:

  • Bethany Davis Noll & Burcin Unel, Markets, Externalities, and the Federal Power Act: The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s Authority to Price Carbon Dioxide Emissions*
  • Jill E. Fisch, Making Sustainability Disclosure Sustainable*
  • Jim Rossi & Christopher Serkin, Energy Exactions*
  • Shana Campbell Jones; Ruppert, Thomas; Deady, Erin L.; Payne, Heather; Pippin, J. Scott; Huang, Ling-Yee; Evans, Jason M., Roads to Nowhere in Four States: State and Local Governments in the Atlantic Southeast Facing Sea-Level Rise**

* Presented at a conference at the Environmental Law Institute in Washington, D.C., on April 3, 2020. 

** Presented at a conference at Vanderbilt University Law School in Nashville, TN, on Feburary 20, 2020. 


Additionally, we selected three articles to receive honorable mentions, and will republish their abstracts:
  • Thomas O. McGarity & Wendy E. Wagner, Deregulation Using Stealth "Science" Strategies
  • Richard L. Revesz, Regulation and Distribution
  • George Wyeth; Paddock, Lee C.; Parker, Alison; Glicksman, Robert L.; Williams, Jecoliah, The Impact of Citizen Environmental Science in the United States


ELPAR 2020 Top 20 article list is available here.


2019 Conference in Washington, DC

The 2019 ELPAR DC conference took place on Friday, March 29, from 9:30 am to 2:30 pm, at ELI. Below is a recording of the conference:

Topics of the conference included

  • Federal energy leasing
  • State preemption of local environmental intitatives
  • Free trade and selective enforcement of environmental laws


Webinar: Managing the Future of the Electricity Grid: Energy Storage and Greenhouse Gas Emissions

The Environmental Law Institute hosted a public webinar on Monday, April 8, from 1:00pm to 2:30 pm EST. 

The webinar discussed Richard Revesz and Burcin Unel's article which was selected for inclusion in this year’s Environmental Law and Policy Annual Review.

The webinar was free and open to the public. Please find more information about the webinar and materials here



Click here to view the
2018 issue of ELPAR.

ELPAR 2018

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