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Environmental Law & Policy Annual Review

The Environmental Law and Policy Annual Review (ELPAR) is a joint publication between Vanderbilt Law School and the Environmental Law Institute (ELI) in Washington, D.C. Each year, Vanderbilt Law students work with an expert advisory board and senior staff from ELI to identify the year's best 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. The comments represent a broad range of perspectives.

The authors of the articles and comments present their work at an annual conference in Washington, D.C., that is co-sponsored by ELI and VLS. The attendees have an opportunity for dialogue with the panelists and with other audience members. Our audience includes representatives from businesses, state and federal government, think tanks, and non-profit organizations.

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The 2020 featured articles are:

  • Bethany Davis Noll & Burcin Unel, Markets, Externalities, and the Federal Power Act: The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s Authority to Price Carbon Dioxide Emissions*
  • Jill E. Fisch, Making Sustainability Disclosure Sustainable*
  • Jim Rossi & Christopher Serkin, Energy Exactions*
  • Shana Campbell Jones; Thomas Ruppert; Erin L. Deady; Heather Payne; J. Scott Pippin; Ling-Yee Huang & Jason M. Evans, Roads to Nowhere in Four States: State and Local Governments in the Atlantic Southeast Facing Sea-Level Rise**

* Presented at a conference at the Environmental Law Institute in Washington, D.C., on April 3, 2020. 

** Presented at a conference at Vanderbilt University Law School in Nashville, TN, on February 20, 2020.

Additionally, we selected three articles to receive honorable mentions, and will republish their abstracts:

  • Thomas O. McGarity & Wendy E. Wagner, Deregulation Using Stealth "Science" Strategies
  • Richard L. Revesz, Regulation and Distribution
  • George Wyeth; Lee C. Paddock; Alison Parker; Robert L. Glicksman & Jecoliah Williams, The Impact of Citizen Environmental Science in the United States
Further information on the articles and ELPAR events featuring the selected articles is available here.