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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 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 and senior staff from ELI to identify the year’s best academic articles that present legal and policy solutions to pressing environmental problems (see 2020-2021 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 2021 ELPAR conference is available here. 

To listen to ELPAR podcasts please visit: https://www.eli.org/podcasts/elpar-podcasts


Vanderbilt University Law Students ELPAR 2020-2021 with ELI Senior Attorney Linda Breggin (third row, fourth from left) and Professor Michael Vandenbergh (fifth row, second from left).

The 2021 ELPAR Conference took place on April 9. 

Featured articles included: 

  • 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

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   

 Click here to download the top 20 articles from the 2019-2020 academic calendar year.
The top four and two honorable mentions articles were selected from these 20 articles. 


Click here to view the
2020 issue of ELPAR.

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

The 2021 issue of ELPAR will be published in August in the Environmental Law Reporter. Additionally, the individual condensed articles and written comments will be posted here in August. If you would like to see the full issue of ELPAR, please subscribe to ELR here