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.


State and Tribal Action on Climate Change in a Time of Federal Uncertainty


On October 27, 2017 Oregon Law hosted an inaugural Works in Progress Conference on "State and Tribal Action on Climate Change in a Time of Federal Uncertainty" Faculty of Oregon's Environmental and Natural Resources Law Center welcomed the following legal scholars: David Adelman, University of Texas School of Law; Michael Blumm, Lewis and Clark Law School; Maxine Burkett, University of Hawai'i School of Law; Michael Burger, Columbia Law; Victor Flatt, University of Houston Law Center; Emily Hammond, George Washington University Law School; Kathryn Kovacs, Rutgers Law School; Douglas Kysar, Yale Law School; Kalyani Robbins, Florida International University; Rebecca Tsosie, University of Arizona School of Law; and Shelley Welton, University of South Carolina School of Law. 


Adell Amos Teams up with a Multi-Institutional Group Led by Oregon State University 

Uncertainty about global climate changes heightens the need to anticipate water shortages worldwide. Amos, University of Oregon Law faculty water expert, teamed up with a multi-disciplinary, multi-institutional group led by Oregon State University that published their findings in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. The Willamette Water 2100 project used an integrated approach to evaluate how climate change, population growth, economic growth, and reservoir operations will change the availability and the use of water in the Willamette River Basin over the 21st century. Read More. 


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. Watch here. 


11th Annual Rennard Strickland Lecture 

November 8, 2017 at 5:30 PM, Knight Law School, Room 110. Featuring Dean James Anaya. His talk is titled "The Power of Ideas: The United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples." 


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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