Annual Law Review Symposium Discusses Environmental and Disaster Law
The Annual Law Review Symposium was held on February 3-4, 2011 at the J. Reuben Clark Law School. The event gave scholars an opportunity to come together to discuss the synergies, tensions and overlap between environmental and disaster law. Among these scholars were BYU law professors Brigham Daniels and Lisa Grow Sun, both of whom discussed challenges in getting environmental law and disaster right.
“Part of the purpose of the symposium was to consider what disaster law and environmental law can learn from each other,” Sun said.
“In our modern world, disasters are often caused by environmental problems and made worse by environmental destruction,” Daniels said. “Sometimes, as was the case in 9/11, Katrina, and now Fukushima, disasters cause environmental problems. Unfortunately, disasters and environmental challenges are likely to come in pairs in the future too.”
Professors from schools around the country spoke and participated in the conference. Participants came from the University of Utah, Stetson University, Brooklyn Law School, Florida State University, University of California-Irvine and University of California-Berkeley.
“The conference brought some of the nation’s more respected scholars in the fields of environmental and disaster law,” Daniels said.
The keynote address at the symposium was presented by Professor Daniel Farber of Berkeley Law. Farber is a leading scholar in environmental law and disaster law and co-authored the leading casebook in disaster law: Disaster Law and Policy.
Along with keynote addresses, panels discussed tensions in environmental law and disaster law, climate change adaption and oil spills.
Posted:February 25, 2011