Second Environmental Colloquium Draws Global Scholars
September 29, 2011
Some of the world's most prominent environmental law and policy researchers met Oct. 23 for Vermont Law School's second annual Colloquium for Environmental Scholarship to gather feedback on their works in progress.
"The colloquium fosters informal discussion and debate at every turn, and our attendees say it's already become the must-attend event for environmental law professors wanting to get input on their research," said Professor Jason Czarnezki, who organized the colloquium for the Environmental Law Center. "The addition of paper discussants this year was a great success, and we hope to add some last-minute 'hot topic' sessions for next year."
The colloquium was attended by 65 professors and academics doing research in environmental and natural resources law at the University of California-Berkeley, the U.S. Military Academy, UCLA, New York University, Vermont Law School and elsewhere. All 44 papers presented were at a revisable stage.
Highlights included a panel where Georgetown Law Professor Hope Babcock and VLS energy professors Michael Dworkin and Don Kreis debated the proposed closure of the Vermont Yankee nuclear plant, whose fate is being determined in federal court; panels featuring presenters and audience members from China, Hong Kong, Sweden, Australia and the United States discussing Chinese environmental law implementation, tensions between Swedish and European Union water law and other international issues; and Florida State Law Professor Robin Kundis Craig's paper titled "Public Health, Private Land, and Public Necessity."
Czarnezki developed the colloquium because he saw a lack of opportunities for scholars to discuss their works in progress with colleagues at other schools, especially in environmental law.
"Other academic fields have conferences and colloquia focused on current and recent scholarship, and I wanted to bring that model to legal scholars who research environmental and natural resources law and policy," said Czarnezki, who is faculty director of VLS's U.S.-China Partnership for Environmental Law.