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Professor Lazarus Shares Lessons from U.S. Environmental Law in Japan

At the University of Tokyo on July 9, Professor Richard Lazarus spoke before an audience of Japanese Supreme Court Justices, University of Tokyo law faculty and students, and the Chief Justice of the United States. Professor Lazarus described the present state of U.S. environmental law, highlighting both its successes and its current challenges. “Just as […]

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Professor Lazarus Responds to BP Oil Spill Settlement Announcement

Professor Richard Lazarus, who served as the Executive Director of National Commission on the BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill, responded to the settlement between the United States and BP announced on July 2. “The United States and BP announced “in principle” today a $18.7 billion settlement of BP’s remaining liability to the United States and the […]

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ELP Convenes Meeting on Natural Gas Leakage in Boston

On May 7, EPI Director Kate Konschnik and Clinical Instructor Aladdine Joroff, who co-chairs the Boston Bar Association’s air committee, convened a meeting at the Boston Bar Association on methane leakage from natural gas distribution. Kathryn McKain, a Harvard graduate student who participates in the EPI Oil and Gas Discussion Group, led by Kate Konschnik, […]

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On CNN, Professor Lazarus Speaks Out Five Years After Gulf Oil Spill

On April 14, Professor Lazarus appeared on a CNN Special Report, Blowout: The Gulf Oil Disaster, marking five years since the Gulf Oil Spill. Lazarus, who served as Executive Director of the National Commission on the BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill and Offshore Drilling, described the “systemic failure” of BP, Halliburton, and Transocean that led […]

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Clinic Submits Comments on Proposed Regulations for Offshore Drilling in the Arctic

The Emmett Environmental Law & Policy Clinic submitted comments today on the Department of the Interior’s (“DOI”) proposed regulations for offshore exploratory oil drilling in the Arctic.  The Emmett Clinic supported the agency’s proposals to require that operators maintain a secondary drill rig in the Arctic to respond to potential losses of well control and that […]

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Dr. Dudek Discusses Long March to Reducing Carbon Emissions in China

On April 6, the Harvard Environmental Law Program was honored to welcome Dr. Dan Dudek, Vice President of the Environmental Defense Fund China Office, to campus. Dr. Dudek is one of the world’s leading experts in developing cap-and-trade programs to reduce pollution at the lowest possible cost. He is widely credited with developing the cap-and-trade model […]

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In Politico, Freeman & Lazarus Say Tribe’s Attacks on EPA are “Completely Wrong”

Over the past week, Harvard Law School Professors Jody Freeman, Richard Lazarus, and Larry Tribe have been sparring over the constitutionality of EPA’s Clean Power Plan. The debate began when Professor Tribe testified before Congress on March 17, 2015, arguing that EPA’s actions are akin to “burning the Constitution.” Professors Freeman and Lazarus quickly replied, […]

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NRDC President Frances Beinecke Honored with 4th Annual Horizon Award

On March 3, 2015, the Harvard Law School Environmental Law Society presented Frances Beinecke with the fourth annual Horizon Award for her outstanding contributions to environmental, natural resources, and energy law. Ms. Beinecke is the outgoing President of the Natural Resources Defense Council, where she fought tirelessly to find solutions to climate change, protect our […]

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Harvard Environmental Law Review Hosts Symposium on Climate Regulation

On February 27, 2015, the Harvard Law School Environmental Law Review (ELR) hosted a symposium on climate regulation under the Clean Air Act. The event focused on the Supreme Court’s June 2014 decision in Utility Air Regulatory Group v. EPA and its implications for future climate regulation, including EPA’s Clean Power Plan. The symposium was […]

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Clinic Files Amicus Brief in the U.S. Supreme Court in State of Michigan v. Environmental Protection Agency

On March 4, 2015, the Clinic filed an amicus brief in the U.S. Supreme Court on behalf of the Union of Concerned Scientists in State of Michigan, et al. v. Environmental Protection Agency, et al. (U.S. 14-46 and consolidated cases).  This case involves challenges to the Environmental Protection Agency’s regulations limiting emissions of mercury and […]

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