Oregon Law receives Oregon Sea Grant

School's Environmental and Natural Resources and Ocean and Coastal Law Centers receive $88K

The University of Oregon School of Law’s Environmental and Natural Resources Law Center (ENR) and Ocean and Coastal Law Center received an $88,000 award from the Oregon Sea Grant’s 2014-2016 Social Science and Human-Dimension Research Special Call. The award was received on behalf of Oregon Law Professor Dr. Richard Hildreth’s proposal “Implementing Ecosystem Based Management: Connecting Caretakers of the Oregon Coast with Transformative and Practical Legal Tools.”

The Oregon Sea Grant will support a two-year research project on Ecosystem based management of coastal resources in Oregon by providing funding for Professor Hildreth and two law student fellows to conduct environmental legal research.

Proposals for the grant were reviewed for scientific excellence and societal relevance through a rigorous process of external peer review plus a combined technical and relevance review panel. The panel included subject matter experts from outside of Oregon, representatives from Oregon Sea Grant’s citizen Advisory Council, members of the Oregon Sea Grant leadership team, and National Sea Grant Office personnel. Final decisions were made by Oregon Sea Grant and were approved by the National Sea Grant Office.

Competition for Sea Grant funding this year was extremely fierce. Oregon Law received the grant due to the panel’s confidence in Hildreth and the reputation of Oregon Law’s Ocean and Coastal Law Center.

The project has an official start date of July 1, 2014.