Environmental and Natural Resources Law Center

For more than 40 years, the University of Oregon School of Law's Environmental and Natural Resources Law (ENR) Center's focus on public interest environmental law and commitment to innovations in environmental legal education have made it one of the nation's oldest and most respected programs.


West Coast Cooperation on Climate Change

On Thursday, October 26, 2017, the ENR Center and Wayne Morse Center will host a symposium in Portland on law, politics, and intergovernmental cooperation featuring experts from the governments of California, Washington, and Oregon, as well as scholarly experts in environmental law. Click here to register


2017 Year in Review: Read the full Year in Review Here!



The ENR Center Receives $1 Million Grant from the Oregon Community Foundation 

A pair of Oregon Community Foundation grants totaling $1.8 million will expand opportunities for University of Oregon students and faculty members to develop environmental policy and work with nonprofits in the region.The first award, $1 million from the Evergreen Hill Fund of the Oregon Community Foundation, supports a five-year expansion of the interdisciplinary research conducted by the UO School of Law’s acclaimed Environmental and Natural Resources Center. Studies conducted through this program inform and reshape current policy and legal issues in Oregon and throughout the nation. Read More

The ENR Center Welcomes Dean-Designate Marcilynn Burke to Oregon Law  

The ENR Center is thrilled to welcome Marcilynn Burke as Dean of Oregon Law. Marcilynn Burke is an environmental scholar, having served as the acting Assistant Secretary for Land and Minerals Management during the Obama Administration. Burke's teaching and research are in Property Law, Land Use Law, and Federal Natural Resources Law. She has been published in journals such as the Notre Dame Law Review and the Duke Environmental Law & Policy Forum. We look forward to her leadership as Dean. Read More

 New: ENR Fellows Blog

 Featuring insights and stories from the ENR Program Fellows. Check it out!

JELL Symposium 2017: American Fire Trends in Wildfire Law, Science, and Policy on Public and Private Lands (September 29, 2017) 

From raging wildfires near urban developments in the wildland-urban interface, to financial and health costs of containment, natural disasters result in the loss of life, property, and severe damage to the environment. The JELL 2017 Fall Symposium and accompanying 2018 Issue seeks to further the dialogue between communities facing high natural wildfire risk and the local, state, and federal agencies responsible for mitigation and management. In this Symposium, we will explore developments in wildfire policy, and the law after the third consecutive warmest year (2016 global averages), and the emerging area of "disaster law."  Learn more

 Mark your Calendar: 11th Annual Rennard Strickland Lecture 

On November 8, 2017, Dean James Anaya of the University of Colorado School of Law will be the speaker for the 11th Annual Rennard Strickland Lecture at the Knight Law School in Eugene. 

Professor Dotson Lays out the nearly 50 year history supporting the EPA's work on climate change 

The Trump administration intends to roll back two pillars of the Obama administration's climate policy- regulations to limit carbon emissions from vehicles and power plants.  Read more

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