Category Archives: ELP News & Events

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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Lecturer Emily Broad Leib awarded Climate Change Solutions Fund grant

On February 11, 2015, seven grant winners of the inaugural Climate Change Solutions Fund were announced. The $20 million fund is designed to help tackle the challenge of climate change using the levers of law, policy, and economics, as well as public health and science. Emily Broad Leib, a lecturer at Harvard Law School and […]

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Richard Lazarus Featured in NY Times Debate on Drilling in the Atlantic

On February 18, 2015, the New York Times Room for Debate column invited four experts to debate whether the Atlantic coast should be opened to off-shore oil and gas drilling. Arguing in favor of drilling in the Atlantic were Congressman Rob Wittman (R-VA) and Randall Luthi, president of the National Ocean Industries Association. Arguing against […]

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ELP Co-Hosts Forum on “The Use of Land” at 40

On October 16–17, 2014, the Harvard Law School Environmental Law Program and the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy co-hosted “The Use of Land at 40: A Forum on What We’ve Learned and What Needs to be Done to Build Healthy, Vibrant, Resilient Communities for the Future.” The event commemorated the 40th anniversary of The Use […]

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