Environmental Law

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 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”