April 6, 2018

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-sponsored 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.

The topics discussed at this year's DC conference were:

  • Using financial assurance mandates to reduce industrial disaster risks associated with climate change
  • Incorporating visual content, such as charts and infographics, into administrative rulemaking in order to promote transparency, accountability, and public participation
  • Developing new legal tools for "impact transactions" that facilitate collective impact agreements, in which multisectoral stakeholders collaborate to solve environmental and other social challenges

You may view the agenda for the event HERE.

Materials:
View a video of the event