Environmental Law Colloquium

Earth's changing climate promises to be the defining issue of the 21st century, and how humanity responds may well determine the fate of many nations. In this colloquium, we examine the scientific basis for climate projections and explore the basis for mitigation measures such as carbon taxes and cap-and-trade schemes.

Recognizing that some amount of climate change will occur regardless of what humanity does now, we also study the emerging science and policy of climate change adaptation--how to enact policy measures to adapt to the sea level changes, drought/flood cycles, species migrations, and other climate-related effects that threaten a significant percentage of the world's population. Finally, we examine public perceptions of climate change and the relationship between mitigation and adaptation in shaping those perceptions.

Spring 2018

Organized by Professors Michael Barsa and David Dana

Except when otherwise noted, all sessions take place on Thursdays from 1:30pm - 3:20pm in McCormick 375.

January 18
Daniel Horton, Assistant Professor, Northwestern University

January 25
Patrick Parenteau, Senior Counsel, Institute for Energy and the Environment Professor of Law, Vermont Law School

February 1
J.B. Ruhl, David Daniels Allen Distinguished Chair of Law; Director, Program on Law and Innovation; Co-director, Energy, Environment and Land Use Program, Vanderbilt Law School

February 8
Felix Mormann, Faculty Fellow, Stanford Law School

February 15
Anne Carlson, Shirley Shapiro Professor of Environmental Law, UCLA School of Law

February 22
Holly Doremus, James H. House and Hiram H. Hurd Professor of Environmental Regulation, Berkeley Law

March 1
Kimberly Suiseeya, Assistant Professor, Northwestern University

March 15
David Uhlmann, Jeffrey F. Liss Professor from Practice; Director, Environmental Law and Policy Program, University of Michigan

April 5
Keith Woodhouse, Assistant Professor, Northwestern University

Spring 2016

Organized by Professors Michael Barsa and David Dana

Except when otherwise noted, all sessions take place on Thursdays from 1:30pm - 3:20pm in Rubloff 180.

January 21
Vanessa Perez, Lecturer in Law and Teaching Fellow for Environmental Law & Policy Program, Stanford Law

January 28
Kimberly Gray, Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Northwestern University

February 4
Hannah Wiseman, Attorneys’ Title Professor, Florida State University
“Disaggregating Preemption in Energy Law”

February 18
Arden Rowell, Professor University Scholar, University of Illinois College of Law, and Lesley Wexler, Professor, University of Illinois College of Law
“Valuing Foreign Lives”

February 25
Hari Osofsky, Professor of Law, University of Minnesota Law School

March 3
Victor Flatt, Thomas F. and Elizabeth Taft Distinguished Professor in Environmental Law, UNC School of Law

March 10
David Spence, Professor, Law, Politics & Regulation, McCombs School of Business

March 17
Robin Craig, William H. Leary Professor of Law, University of Utah College of Law
“Dealing with Ocean Acidification: The Problem, The Clean Water Act, and State and Regional Approaches”