Environmental and Natural Resources Law Center

For more than 50 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 most respected programs.


Study Offers New Approach for Willamette River Drought Fixes 

Efforts to provide for agricultural, urban and environmental needs along the river could be enhanced if they are implemented upstream in advance of projected water shortages, a six-member team from five institutions, including the University of Oregon, reported in the July 15 issue of the journal Nature Sustainability. For the study — led by Oregon State University economist William Jaeger — Adell Amos, the UO’s Clayton R. Hess Professor of Law and associate dean for academic affairs in the UO School of Law, focused on the integration of water law and policy for comprehensive modeling that pulls from both human and natural systems. Read the article here. 

When Honey Bees Hit The Road: The Role of Federal, State, and Local Laws in Regulating Honey Bee Transportation

The ENR Center recently completed a white paper titled "When Honey Bees Hit the Road: The Role of Federal, State, and Local Laws in Regulating Honey Bee Transportation" written by ENR Contract Researcher Deb Mailander and Zoe Grant, an ENR Fellow in the Food Resiliency Project. Each year, millions of honey bees travel thousands of miles- not on their wings but via the highway or a postal service. This report analyzes the regulatory framework governing bees that are purchased and shipped between states and communities. Read it here. 

From Wolves to the Warning to Humanity: Facing the Environmental Crisis Through Science 

Featuring OSU's Dr. Bill Ripple, Professor of Ecology, founder of the Alliance of World Scientists, and co-author of the World Scientists' Warning to Humanity: A Second Notice.Ripple will present his work on how the far-reaching impacts of wolves are affecting the ecosystem in Yellowstone National Park. He will illustrate how he transitioned from Yellowstone to other national parks in western North America and beyond to demonstrate both the benefits of wild large predators and the costs of their demise. Ripple will disclose how his conservation research and general concern about the global environment and climate change led to him publishing the letter “World Scientists’ Warning to Humanity: A Second Notice.” Featuring special guest, Congressman Peter DeFazio. Monday April 22, 2019 at 7:00 PM. 156 Straub Hall, University of Oregon. Watch Here

Innovative Oregon: Building A Climate for Success 

Oregon has long been admired for its natural resources and the state's economy has been dependent upon these resources since the start of statehood. As a result, Oregon is well-positioned to be a model for natural resource conservation, renewable energy expansion, and carbon reduction policy. Join us as we hear from state lawmakers, agencies, businesses, and attorneys to learn about how Oregon is paving the way in these fields. Topics will cover water conservation policy, business trusts, prospective growth in renewable energy, and a other sustainable legislation. Register here. 

ENR Center Moves Up in National Ranking 

The Environmental and Natural Resources Law Center of the University of Oregon School of Law is again a top-ranked academic program according to U.S. News and World Report. The program rose to #8 in the nation. The ENR Center has consistently ranked among the leading environmental law programs in the U.S. for 14 years. Read more. 

ENR Law Center receives National Jurist highest grade among nation’s best

The University of Oregon School of Law’s Environmental Natural Resources Law Center received a grade of ‘A+’ according to newly released rankings from preLaw magazine, a publication of The National Jurist. A+ is the highest score possible on its new list of best law school programs. The magazine graded law schools based on the breadth of curricular offerings. Oregon ENR program’s focus on public interest environmental law and commitment to innovation in legal education have made it one of the nation’s most respected programs for more than 50 years. Read more. 


60 Minutes Interviews UO Student 

"Juliana — who, like the other plaintiffs, was a teen when the suit originally was filed — has taken her message of climate recovery nationally and internationally. In response, young people from around the world have been inspired to take action. However, despite speaking about the lawsuit to so many audiences, she and the other plaintiffs are still waiting for the chance to testify before a federal court in Eugene." Watch on CBS. 



 2019 Public Interest Environmental Law Conference: Common Ground 

At the University of Oregon

February 28-March 3, 2019

Click here to see the full brochure.  



Tribal Tools & Legal Levers for Halting Fossil Fuel Transport & Exports Through the Pacific Northwest  

The Native Environmental Sovereignty Project under the guidance of Professor Mary Wood published "Tribal Tools and Legal Levers for Halting Fossil Fuel Transport & Exports Through the Pacific Northwest" in the American Indian Law Journal. This article highlights strategic legal avenues available to tribes in both on- and off-reservation contexts. Read their work here. 

ENR Welcomes New Research Associate, Michelle Smith 

Michelle Smith has accepted an appointment as the newest Environmental and Natural Resources Law Center (ENR) Research Associate for the University of Oregon School of Law. Michelle with assess how existing legal tools and policies can answer environmnetal problems, and how new policies, frameworks, and partnerships can be implemented to support conservation goals. Learn more here. 

Oregon's 2019 Legislative Session: Carbon Reductions on the Agenda 

Friday January 18, 2019 at UO Portland, the White Stag Block. To avoid the worst impacts of climate change, the planet has to substantially reduce its carbon pollution. In the 2019 Legislative Session, Oregon will consider doing its part. The state legislature will take up legislation to reduce the state's emissions of carbon pollution and join California and Quebec in the Western Climate Initiative. Please join us as we explore this issue with key policymakers and experts. Begins at 8:30 a.m. with coffee and ends with a networking lunch. Watch here. 

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