Center for Law, Economics, and Public Policy co-hosts “Inequality and the Economic Analysis of Climate Change"
The conference included papers and presentations by economists, philosophers, policy scholars, and lawyers on many aspects of the topic, such as: the effect of intra- and intergenerational inequality on the social cost of carbon or optimal mitigation pathways; the distributional effects of mitigation policies such as carbon taxes and cap-and-trade; the choice between utilitarian and equity-regarding social welfare functions as the normative basis for evaluating climate policies; and the relation between equity and corrective justice (compensatory) considerations with respect to climate policy.
Powell and co-authors make case for reasoned debate over EPA's Clean Power Plan
In response to Harvard law professor Laurence Tribe’s claim that the “EPA’s proposed actions would violate constitutional principles of separation of powers and federalism,” Professor H. Jefferson Powell, along with three other co-authors, suggest debating the Clean Power Plan without “using language that is more emotive than exact.”
Monast authors policy brief suggesting less formal multi-state carbon-trading to meet EPA goals
Dubbed the “cap-and-trade from the bottom up,” Professor Jonas Monast suggests a plan for states to reduce carbon emissions under the EPA’s Clean Power Plan without needing to join formal multi-state groups.
Longest analyzes Supreme Court's role in disputes over interstate waters
"Two sharply differing views on the Court’s role in handling disputes over interstate waters emerged last week. Justice Elena Kagan’s approach endorsed the power of Court-appointed special masters to fashion equitable remedies in disputes that states cannot resolve on their own. Justice Clarence Thomas’s approach warned the Court and its appointed special masters of the dangers posed by allowing equitable reformation over politically charged technical disputes between sovereign states."
Salzman analyzes strengths and predicts pitfalls on the 40th anniversary of the Safe Drinking Water Act
The Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA) was signed into law on Dec. 16, 1974. On the 40th anniversary of that signing, Professor James Salzman reflects on the law in an essay for Slate, concluding that the SDWA was groundbreaking in ways that may be taken for granted today, but also that it faces significant challenges going forward.
Wiener, Adler join Duke faculty members in urging U.S. to regularly measure social cost of carbon
"In light of challenges in constructing the social cost of carbon (SCC), its newness in government regulation, and the importance of updating, we propose an institutional process for regular SCC review and revision when used in government policy-making and suggest how scientists might contribute to improved SCC estimates.” – Using and improving the social cost of carbon, 346 Science 1189-1190 (2014).
In the classroom: Food, Agriculture, and the Environment
Students in Senior Lecturing Fellow Michelle Nowlin’s class on food law and policy are spending the fall semester digging into a few culinary staples of the Tar Heel state: barbecue, corn-and-the-cob, and watermelon.
Featured FacultyClinical Professor of Law, Director, Environmental Law and Policy Clinic, Clinical Professor of Environmental Sciences and Policy
Longest is the founding Director of the Environmental Law and Policy Clinic, a joint project of Duke Law School and the Nicholas School of the Environment. He supervises students practicing in the clinic and teaches the seminar portion of the clinic.
Richard A. Horvitz Professor of Law and Professor of Economics, Philosophy and Public Policy
Senior Lecturing Fellow
Senior Lecturing Fellow, Supervising Attorney, Environmental Law and Policy Clinic
Robinson O. Everett Professor of Law
Senior Lecturing Fellow
Charles S. Murphy Professor of Law and Public Policy Studies, Co-Director of the Program in Public Law
William R. and Thomas L. Perkins Professor of Law, Professor of Environmental Policy, Professor of Public Policy
- The Clean Air Act & Existing Power Plants: What Will Compliance Mean This Summer?
A panel discussion and talk about the EPA's proposed rule under the Clean Air Act 111(d). This rule will regulate the greenhouse gas emissions of existing power plants. The anticipation of the new compliance standards has created a whirlwind of legal inquiries of interest to regulators and companies alike. Insights of Professor Jonas Monast (Duke Law School), Professor William Pizer (Sanford School of Public Policy), and Professor Jonathan Wiener (Duke Law School) will cover both economic and international perspectives on the issue.
Sponsored by Duke Bar Association and the Environmental Law Society.
- DELPF Symposium 2015: Carrots & Sticks | Welcoming Remarks; U.S. Food & Law Policy Panel
Welcoming remarks and a panel discussion from Duke Environmental Law & Policy Forum's 25th Anniversary Symposium, "Carrots and Sticks: Moving the US National Food System Toward a Sustainable Future."
Duke Law School Dean David F. Levi delivers the initial remarks. (0:20-9:30)
The panel's topic, "US Food Law and Policy," is addressed by the following panelists:
Margaret Lemos, Professor of Law, Duke University School of Law
Susan Schneider, Director, LL.M. Program in Agricultural & Food Law, University of Arkansas School of Law
Michael Roberts, Executive Director, Resnick Program for Food Law & Policy, UCLA School of Law
Neal Fortin, Director, Institute for Food Laws & Regulations, Michigan State University College of Agriculture and Natural Resources
Sarah Morath, Associate Professor, University of Akron School of Law