Conference & Prize Announcement: Third Annual Sustainability Conference of American Legal Educators, May 12 in Phoenix

Troy Rule, Faculty Director of the Program on Law and Sustainability at Arizona State University’s Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law asks me to pass on the following conference & prize announcement:

The Program on Law and Sustainability at the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law is pleased to announce the Third Annual Sustainability Conference of American Legal Educators, to be held on May 12, 2017 at the Beus Center for Law and Society, new home of the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law in Phoenix, Arizona.

This innovative annual conference is a national event for legal academics researching in environmental sustainability-related areas. The conference offers a unique forum for panels and presentations falling within one or more broad subject matter areas pertaining to environmental sustainability, including but not limited to:

  • Climate Change
  • Energy Law
  • Water Law and Policy
  • Environmental Law and Sustainability
  • Sustainability Policy and Natural Resources Law
  • Land Use and Zoning Law
  • Sustainable Development
  • Disaster Law

Carol Rose will be this year’s keynote speaker.

In connection with the conference, there’s also a $10,000 prize contest for recent sustainability-related law journal articles that are already written!  Entrants must merely send five offprints of their article and a cover letter to the address in the Call for Entries.  

See more info here:



Call for Papers: Journal of Energy & Natural Resources Law

Prof. Don Smith, Editor of the Journal of Energy & Natural Resources Law, asks me to pass on the following announcement:

Screen Shot 2015-07-02 at 1.13.26 PMThe Journal of Energy & Natural Resources Law, the journal of the Section on Energy, Environment, Natural Resources and Infrastructure Law, will publish a special issue early next year about the IBA’s seminal report “Achieving Justice and Human Rights in an age of Climate Disruption.”

In commenting about the report Professor John Knox has said, “On the basis of a comprehensive review of the relevant domestic and international law, this report suggests concrete steps towards achieving climate justice that are both far-reaching and eminently sensible. Its analysis and recommendations should be read by everyone involved in climate policy.”

Similarly Michael Gerrard, an expert in climate change law, has called the report “ground-breaking” adding that it “draws on the weaknesses inherent in current domestic and international law to identify opportunities for reform by governments, UN bodies, the WTO, human rights tribunals, courts, corporations and individuals to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and provide justice to those most affected by climate change.”

The report is an important addition to the existing recommendations and literature about climate change. The special issue will assess the report’s observations and recommendations.

Anyone interested in writing an article (in the range of 10,000 to 15,000 words) or a commentary (in the range of 2,500 to 5,000 words) about the report is encouraged to contact me at with questions or a proposal for submission.  Or if you know of people I should contact, please let me know that as well.

There is a great deal of interest around the world in the fact that an IBA task force wrote this report.  The significance of the world’s premier professional legal organisation taking this on is not lost on anyone to whom I speak.

Many thanks in advance for your ideas.  All the best,