Yale Environmental Law Conference–February 25th, 2012

The Yale Law School and Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies are proudly hosting Yale’s second annual New Directions in Environmental Law conference on Saturday, February 25, 2012. This year’s conference, [Re]Claiming Accountability, will challenge the meanings and mechanisms behind environmental accountability—from the local to the global, from litigation to regulation to market-based opportunities and norm-shifting movements. We will explore environmental accountability in the modern area and amongst evolving legal strategies.

The year’s Conference will highlight a keynote speech by Mary Nichols, Chairman of the California Air Resources Board and former Assistant Administrator of the EPA Office of Air and Radiation. It will also feature a dynamic panel conversation titled Nature in Brief: Creative Legal Approaches to Accountability, which will explore innovative legal mechanisms for enforcing and achieving environmental accountability. Additionally, we’ll have a series of workshops led by experts in their fields and designed to be round-table discussions that bring participants into the discourse. Workshop topics include:

  • Environmental Enforcement: Using Civil & Criminal Laws to Address Environmental Misdeeds
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution in Lieu of Environmental Justice Litigation
  • Offshore Oil Drilling Accountability Post-Deepwater Horizon
  • Environmental Markets: Urban & Rural Responsibilities
  • The Case of Specialized Environmental Courts
  • Scientific Accountability in Law & Policy
  • Accountability to Future Generations
  • Food: Sustainability & Access
  • Smart Growth and Land Use
  • Ocean Acidification

If you are interested in attending the conference, speak to a BLS Environmental Law Society board member for more information.


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