CLEANR hosts public conferences that bring together a variety of perspectives and disciplines for a range of audiences. UCI Law has hosted or co-hosted a number of interdisciplinary conferences on a range of environmental topics, including environmental health and law (Fall 2009), water conservation in Mexico (Spring 2010), the Arctic (Fall 2010), California coastal conservation (Spring 2011), climate justice (Spring 2011), ice melt (Fall 2011), offshore oil drilling (Fall 2012), and ocean acidification (Spring 2013). In addition, CLEANR hosts an annual conference series focused on environmental law issues and problems of particular interest to practitioners and policymakers.
October 3, 2013, 8 a.m.—4:30 p.m.
Co-Sponsored with Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP
Rapidly changing around the world, energy development poses new economic and
environmental challenges on a daily basis. Many companies are making long-term
investment and supply chain decisions based upon climate change models. “Zero” emission vehicles have changed the point of emissions from the tailpipe to the power plant, but those emissions are only as “clean” as the source that generates the power. Laws and regulations are adapting to the changing world of energy development, and this year’s symposium discusses the law, politics and policies influencing these changes.
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De-Extinction: Ethics, Law & Politics
May 31 – June 1, 2013
Co-Sponsored with the Stanford Center for Law and the Biosciences
What if extinction is not forever? Recent work by biologists, conservationists, geneticists, bioengineers, and other pioneers has made it increasingly likely that some once extinct species– like the pictured thylacine, or "Tasmanian tiger," could, in the near future, be "revived." While popular attention has focused on the mechanics of bring back once extinct species, ethical, legal, and even, in a broad sense, political issues will become pressing as de-extinction moves closer to reality. Join the Center for Law and the Biosciences on May 31, 2013, as we host scientists, lawyers, philosophers, ethicists, and others from across the world to discuss the implications about this fascinating development in humanity's ability to control life.
Ocean Acidification Conference
May 3, 2013
Co-Sponsored with The Newkirk Center
This conference is the 12th in the Toward a Sustainable 21st Century Series. It focused on the science of ocean acidification and its biological effects, as well as the legal and governance issues raised by these present and projected physical and biological changes.
- The Future of Offshore Oil Drilling: Science, Law and Governance
November 9, 2012
The conference explored the scientific, legal and policy challenges and questions raised by offshore drilling. The conference brought together scholars and government officials from a range of disciplines to consider the lessons from past experience with offshore drilling and the risks of future use. The conference helped advance the understanding of how the application of national and international law and governance, informed by translational science, can best prevent and/or manage the risks of offshore drilling. One panel at this conference focused on the lessons of the BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill.
The conference sought to spark reassessment of the existing model of agriculture, to consider alternative paradigms, and to catalyze scientific, legal and other partnerships that might integrate consideration of human and enable ecological health into the design of chemicals and processes to sustainable agriculture. One day of the conference included a plenary session in the main auditorium of the Beckman Center of the National Academies of Sciences and Engineering, with the second day focused on intensive dialogue by a smaller group (30 or 40) exploring the next paradigm and how to get there.
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Glacier Melt, Early Snowmelt and Sea Level Rise
October 21, 2011
This conference examined issues of defining science, law, governance, the role of civil society, and presented case studies on all three interrelated topics: glacier melt, early snowmelt and sea level rise. A concluding panel discussed challenges posed by both scientific certainty and scientific uncertainty. It was the ninth conference in the "Toward a Sustainable 21st Century" series, an initiative of a foundation of global reach and a research university to do together more than they can do separately on significant unsolved problems of global society.
a3, A Conference on Climate Justice - April 1, 2011
The first student-run conference at UCI School of Law, a3 examined the social injustices faced by vulnerable populations who are disproportionately affected by climate change. The one-day event explored and strategized ways to address climate justice through the power of law, policy, and coalition building.
Enhancing the Future of the California Coast - March 4, 2011
This conference focused on different perspectives on preserving the rich California marine environment, including an understanding of the underlying science behind conservation initiatives, approaches to laws aimed at protecting and enhancing the environment, and policy interventions that have been attempted in the past and should be considered in the future.
Preserving the Environment of the Arctic Region - November 12, 2010
This conference focused on the Arctic region and its challenges. It included experts from a range of disciplines from academia, government, and civil society considering the role of science and traditional indigenous knowledge, as well as the adequacy of existing national, regional, and international law and governance, in preserving and managing the Arctic environment. Conference brochure and agenda.
Marine & Freshwater Conservation Law and Governance - May 14, 2010This symposium addressed how society does and should govern its waters, with a focus on marine and freshwater conservation, including a number of case studies. The program involved experts from practice and a variety of academic disciplines. The morning panel provided an overview of relevant law and then concentrated on governance of the Colorado River Delta, including a discussion of current and historical problems and possible solutions. The afternoon sessions focused on Mexico’s Northwest Coast.
This symposium, which included a number of articles published in the inaugural volume of the UC Irvine Law Review, focused on the evolution of environmental law in developing strategies for promoting environmental health; leveraging knowledge to catalyze action on behalf of environmental protection; and in-depth case studies on such environmental health issues in China.