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.


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. Tied at #11, ENR shares company with Columbia, Georgetown, and Stanford Universities. The ENR Center has consistently ranked among the leading environmental law programs in the U.S. for 13 years.

Charging Forward: The Future of Energy in Oregon: April 13, 2018 at the University of Oregon - Portland  

On Friday, April 13th the Green Business Initiative Student Association (GBI) and the Environmental and Natural Resources (ENR) Law Center will be holding a symposium entitled “Charging Forward: the Future of Energy in Oregon.” This one-day symposium will be held at the University of Oregon White Stag Building in Portland, OR. The focus of the event will be on the future of energy in Oregon. The three main areas of discussion will be emerging technologies and businesses, state carbon policy, and the Public Utility Commission process. Learn more here.

Watch a Live Stream of the Symposium Here

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 hosted 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  

Dean James Anaya spoke in Eugene on November 8, 2017 for the 11th Annual Rennard Strickland Lecture. His talk was titled "The Power of Ideas: The United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples." Dean Anaya is the Dean and the Charles Inglis Thomson Professor at the University of Colorado School of Law in Boulder. The ENR Center established the Rennard Strickland Lecture in 2006 to honor the legacy of the law school's former dean and Distinguished Professor Emeritus Rennard Strickland by examining native leadership and vision for environmental stewardship in the 21st Century.

 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  


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