Speaker Series

As part of the center’s strategic plan to promote innovative thinking and engagement about environmental and land use law, each year CLEANR convenes a series of lectures on a particular environmental law issue.

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Upcoming Speakers

The Arctic Council: Environmental Governance under the American Chairmanship
Spring 2016

A panel of legal experts and policymakers will discuss which priorities the United States has pursued in its rotating chairmanship of the Arctic Council. How have these priorities been received by various interest groups—including environmentalists, other members of the Arctic Council, industry, and the ever-growing number of stakeholders in the Arctic? What is the relationship between these emphases and newly allowed offshore drilling in the American Arctic?

Past Speakers

  • Chamyúuy~wóoyilash/Where We Bow Our Heads Out of Respect: Cultivating Consciousness in Acjachemen Homelands

    April 8, 2015

    A panel of Native community leaders and academics discussed the history of the lands now known as Irvine and the relationships between the place, the university and the Indigenous communities in whose territory the campus is located. Discussion topics included the history of development’s impacts upon Native Nations in Orange County, the legal issues raised by development, and Native cultural perspectives on good planning and development. List of panelists and more detail >

    Sponsored by UC Irvine School of Law, Center for Land, Environment, and Natural Resources, UC Irvine Sustainability Initiative, Sacred Places Institute for Indigenous Peoples, ADVANCE Program for Equity & Diversity and American Indian Resource Program

  • Genetically Modified: Food Security, Health & the Environment

    March 10, 2014

    CLEANR convened a panel of distinguished experts to explore some of the major issues raised by genetically modified food.  Panelists initially presented from their particular discipline on the health, security, environmental and intellectual property, and political issues of GM food.  Subsequently, the panelists engaged in a dialogue on the issues raised by their initial remarks, followed by an opportunity for questions from and discussions with the broader interdisciplinary audience of students, faculty, administrators, lawyers, government officials, and other members of the public. More about this event >

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    Daniel A. Farber

    Sho Sato Professor of Law, University of California, Berkeley, on “Beyond Imagination: Government Blind Spots Regarding Catastrophic Risks” (Sept. 27, 2012). Professor Farber specializes in constitutional and environmental law in the United States, and has written numerous books and articles on disaster law. Farber is also the Co-Director of the Center for Law, Energy, and the Environment.

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    Kenneth Feinberg

    Feinberg Rozen, LLP and Fund Administrator, BP Deepwater Horizon Disaster Victim Compensation Fund, on “Unconventional Responses to Unique Catastrophes: Tailoring the Law to Meet the Challenges” (Mar. 21, 2013). Mr. Feinberg has been key to resolving many of our nation’s most challenging disputes. He is best known for serving as the Special Master of the Federal September 11th Victim Compensation Fund of 2001. In addition, Mr. Feinberg administered victim compensation for the BP Deepwater Horizon, Virginia Tech, Aurora Theater, and Penn State-Sandusky tragedies, as well as TARP Executive Compensation.

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    Richard J. Lazarus

    Howard J. and Katherine W. Aibel Professor of Law, Harvard University, and former Executive Director, President’s Commission on “The 2010 Gulf Oil Spill: Investigating its Root Causes at the Request of the President” (Feb. 7, 2012). In this inaugural lecture, Professor Lazarus reflected on his experience as Executive Director of the President’s Commission to investigate the Gulf Oil Spill, focusing on the political challenges of running the Commission, the Commission’s findings, and subsequent events and lessons related to the disaster.

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    Lisa Grow Sun

    Associate Professor of Law, J. Reuben Clark Law School, Brigham Young University, on “Disaster Wars: War Metaphors and Disaster Response” (Mar. 28, 2013). Professor Sun has become a leader in the emerging field of Disaster Law, and her current work focuses on disaster mythology – misconceptions we have about the ways that people typically react in the aftermath of disasters.

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    Kent Syverud

    Dean, Washington University School of Law and Individual Trustee, BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill Trust, on “Lessons from the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill Trust” (Nov. 9, 2012). Dean Syverud is a leader in American and legal education who has written and taught extensively about complex litigation, insurance law, civil procedure, negotiation, and legal education.