Exceptional Faculty Keep ENR Ahead of the Field

ADELL AMOS, associate dean for academic affairs and dean’s distinguished faculty fellow, is currently coauthoring a book for West Academic Publishing with Sandra Zellmer from the University of Nebraska School of Law. This past summer, Amos published two articles. Kansas University Law Review published “Developing the Law of the River: The Integration of Law and Policy into Hydrologic and Socio-Economic Modeling Efforts in the Willamette River Basin,” and the University of Oregon Journal of Environmental Law and Litigation published “Dam Removal and Hydropower Production in the US: Ushering in a New Era.” Amos also serves as a water law expert for Willamette Water 2100, a project funded by the National Science Foundation that brings together faculty members from Oregon State University, the University of Oregon, and Portland State University to create a transferable method of evaluating and predicting how climate change, population growth, and economic growth will change the availability and use of water in the Willamette River Basin on a decadal to centennial timescale. In addition to teaching and serving as associate dean for academic affairs, Amos also serves as a faculty coleader for the University of Oregon Environmental and Natural Resources Law Center’s interdisciplinary research project, the Oceans, Coasts, and Watersheds Project. She will be on sabbatical during the fall 2014 semester.

JOHN BONINE, Bernard B. Kliks Professor of Law, will continue to work with master of laws (LLM) students as seminar leader, but has decided to no longer serve as director of the Master of Laws in Environmental and Natural Resources Law Program. He welcomes new director Kristie Gibson. In October 2013, Bonine was selected as the first visitor to the Burleson Institute in Connecticut, participating in New York in a conference of the American Branch of the International Law Association. In December 2013, Bonine traveled to Ukraine to work with his public interest law firm, Environment-People-Law (EPL), of which he serves as president. He worked with EPL’s environmental lawyers who were helping bring about Ukraine’s democratic revolution. In April 2014, Bonine gave the closing keynote at a conference on environmental constitutionalism at Widener Law School. In Belgium, he served as a delegate to a strategy meeting of citizen organizations, the European Eco-Forum. In May 2014, Bonine spoke at a meeting of Ukrainian environmental, human rights, and social justice lawyers. In June 2014, Bonine lectured at a law school in Arusha, Tanzania, where one of his former LLM students is a teacher. The two flew to Uganda, where environmental lawyers from three countries met to strategize and network at a meeting organized by another University of Oregon LLM alumna, Samantha Atakunda, along with Environmental Law Alliance Worldwide (ELAW) of Eugene, Oregon. He then went to Kenya with ELAW lawyers to a meeting of Kenyan environmental lawyers, followed by the World Conference for the Environmental Rule of Law at the United Nations Environmental Programme near Nairobi. In Maastricht, Netherlands, Bonine served as a citizen delegate to the Fifth Meeting of the Parties to the Aarhus Convention. In September 2014, Professor Bonine participated in an academic conference in Ukraine held in honor of his late wife, Svitlana Kravchenko, who created and ran the UO LLM program until her untimely death in 2012.

NANCY SHURTZ, B. A. Kliks Professor of Law, presented “US Environmental Taxes: Laboratories for Innovative Climate Change Policy” at the Third Annual Climate Change Research Symposium Initiative on April 16, 2014, in Eugene, Oregon. This paper explored how cities can pass tax statutes in the transportation, building, and waste areas to curb destructive environmental behaviors. Shurtz worked with Kyler M. Danielson on a white paper last year, titled “Eco-Friendly Building from the Ground Up: Environmental Initiatives and the Case of Portland, Oregon,” which was condensed from Shurtz’s 125-page article published in the Journal of Environmental Law and Litigation. In the spring of 2014, Shurtz taught her class on marketplace economics and the environment and is currently writing a book that examines market mechanisms that can be used to solve our consumption, energy, population, pollution, and other environmental problems.

MARY CHRISTINA WOOD, Philip H. Knight Professor of Law, is the faculty director for the Environmental and Natural Resources Law Center at the University of Oregon. In March 2014, Tufts University published her article, “Atmospheric Trust Litigation: Defining Sovereign Obligations In Climate Recovery,” in the Fletcher Forum of World Affairs. In April 2014 the Seattle University American Indian Law Journal published a piece by Wood, titled “Tribal Trustees in Climate Crisis.” Her article “The Planet on the Docket: Atmospheric Trust Litigation to Protect Earth’s Climate System and Habitability” was published in the Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University Law Review this past summer. Wood has also  spent considerable time over the past year in speaking engagements on her new book, Nature’s Trust: Environmental Law for a New Ecological Age, published in October 2013. On April 3, 2014, Wood was the featured speaker for the Yale Center for Environmental Law and Policy’s series on climate and energy policy. She keynoted several other events recently, including the Tribal Leaders’ Summit with the US Environmental Protection Agency Region 1 on April 1, 2014; the University of Oregon 32nd Annual Public Interest Environmental Law Conference on March 1, 2014; and the Center for Earth’s Justice Conference, “Future Generations, Public Lands, Public Water, Public Trust,” at Barry University School of Law in Orlando, Florida, on February 7, 2014 (by video conference). She was the Boehl Distinguished Lecturer in Land-Use Policy at University of Louisville on April 10, 2014. Wood also guest lectured via Skype in numerous classes across the country last year, including at Vermont Law School in January 2014 and at Stetson Law School in February 2014. Finally, Wood was recently featured, along with climate scientist James Hanson, in a short documentary about atmospheric trust litigation (a legal strategy originated by Wood), available at ourchildrenstrust.org.

A new book by MICHAEL FAKHRI, assistant professor of law, Sugar and the Making of International Trade Law, is due to be published by Cambridge University Press in November 2014. Last year, Fakhri coauthored the article “The Intersection between Food Sovereignty and Law” with ENR Bowerman fellow Nathan Bellinger, published in the fall 2013 American Bar Association publication Natural Resources and Environment, a special issue on food. In May 2014, Fakhri discussed the notion of ecological and institutional resiliency on a panel devoted to new theoretical approaches to international economic law at the British Institute of International and Comparative Law 14th Annual World Trade Organization Conference. Fakhri serves as faculty coleader of the ENR Interdisciplinary Research Project, the Food Resiliency Project, and will be teaching a new course to Oregon law students during the 2014–15 academic year, Food, Farming, and Sustainability.

RICHARD HILDRETH, Frank E. Nash Professor of Law, is the principal investigator on a project recently selected for funding by the Oregon Sea Grant, titled “Implementing Ecosystem-Based Management: Connecting Caretakers of the Oregon Coast with Transformative and Practical Legal Tools.” The two-year project commenced July 1, 2015, and will be conducted by Hildreth, two funded ENR law student fellows, ENR staff members, and Holly V. Campbell of the Oregon State University College of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences. In addition to his research, Hildreth will teach three courses during the 2014–15 academic year: Ocean and Coastal Law, International Environmental Law, and Water Law. Later this fall the fourth edition of his Coastal and Ocean Management Law in a Nutshell book, coauthored with Donna Christie of Florida State University College of Law, will be published by West Publishing.

ROBERTA MANN, Mr. and Mrs. L. L. Stewart Business Law Professor, had her article, “Lightning in a Bottle: Using Tax Policy to Solve Renewable Energy’s Storage Challenges,” published in the winter 2014 issue of the University of Missouri School of Law’s Journal of Environmental and Sustainability Law. The paper reviews the current state of energy storage technology development, assessing the progress of the United States, and considering strategies for the future. Mann served as roundtable leader on the same topic at the Oregon Energy Workshop in March 2014. She presented her new work-in-progress, “International Tax Reform and the Global Environment”, at the University of San Diego School of Law Tax Law Speaker Series, also in March 2014. This paper explores how viewing international tax reform through an environmental lens could lead the world in a sustainable direction.