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Sharon Burke, Senior Fellow, New America Foundation Peter Robertson, The Pebble Partnership, and Bradley Campbell, Bradley M. Campbell LLC. Left to Right: John Dukes, Executive Director of Sales: Federal & Public Sector, Constellation Energy; Amanda Simpson, Executive Director, U.S. Army Office of Energy Initiatives; Michael Vandenbergh, David Daniels Allen Distinguished Chair of Law at Vanderbilt University; Kristen Rasnic, Vanderbilt University Law School student view of the audience at 2015 ELPAR conference


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. 

On April 10, 2015 on Capitol Hill, Washington, DC, we discussed the following articles:

  • David A. Dana & Hannah J. Wiseman, A Market Approach to Regulating the Energy Revolution: Assurance Bonds, Insurance, and the Certain and Uncertain Risks of Hydraulic Fracturing, 99 Iowa L. Rev. 1523
  • Sarah E. Light, The Military- Environmental Complex, 55 B.C. L. Rev. 879
  • Thomas W. Merrill & David M. Schizer, The Shale Oil and Gas Revolution, Hydraulic Fracturing, and Water Contamination: A Regulatory Strategy, 98 Minn. L. Rev. 145
  • Nina Mendelson, Private Control Over Access to the Law: The Perplexing Federal Regulatory Use of Private Standards, 112 Mich. L. Rev. 737

A full conference agenda can be found here. Photos of the event and audio recordings of each session will be available shortly. 


The following article was discussed on March 9, 2015 at Vanderbilt University Law School:

  • William Boyd, Public Utility and the Low-Carbon Future, 61 UCLA L. Rev. 1614. 

A video of the conference can be viewed here.


In addition to the articles that have been selected to be discussed at the 2015 conferences, the following articles have received an honorable mention and will be featured in the upcoming issue of ELPAR:

  • Dave Owen, Mapping, Modeling, and the Fragmentation of Environmental Law, Utah L. Rev. 219
  • David M. Uhlmann, Prosecutorial Discretion and Environmental Crime, 38 Harv. Envtl. L. Rev. 159.


A full conference agenda and audio recording from last year can be found here. Pictures from the conference can be viewed here


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2014 issue of ELPAR.


                ELPAR 2013

Click here to view the Trends in Environmental Law Scholarship 2008-2013 article published in ELPAR.