Environmental Law 4.0: Adaptive and Resilient

Journal of Environmental and Sustainability Law Symposium

February 14, 2014
Hulston Hall



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Environmental law in the United States has been continually evolving since the “first generation” of commandand- control regulatory statutes in the 1970s to the emerging fourth generation. This new generation of environmental law is under pressure to develop a framework that is more adaptive and resilient. Yet the institutional arrangements to protect the environment and manage natural resources generally have been unimodal (“one-sizefits- all”) and fragmented, resulting in a current framework that is ill-suited for today’s pressing environmental issues.

This symposium explores the prospects for the fourth generation of environmental law. How can a better understanding of resilience science and our relationship to environmental and natural resource challenges serve as a catalyst to transform environmental law to become more adaptive? Will environmental law develop a framework that is more integrated and multimodal? What are the theoretical and practical hurdles that must be overcome as we enter into the next generation of environmental law? These and other critical questions will be examined through a variety of perspectives, including ecological science, law and economics, environmental justice, indigenous peoples, international law and administrative law.

Journal of Environmental and Sustainability Law

University of Missouri School of Law students lead many successful organizations and law journals, including the Journal of Environmental and Sustainability Law . Established in 1993 as the Missouri Environmental Law & Policy Review, this student-run journal is published twice a year in cooperation with The Missouri Bar.

The articles featured in this year’s symposium will appear in volume 21, issue 1, in summer 2014. Subscriptions are available for $21. To view recent issues or request a subscription, please see law.missouri.edu/jesl.