Sabin Colloquium on Innovative Environmental Law Scholarship, May 4-5, 2017

Posted on December 6th, 2016 by Justin Gundlach

Application deadline extended to March 15

Columbia Law School, New York, NY | May 4-5, 2017

The 5th Annual Sabin Colloquium will allow junior environmental law scholars to present early-stage work and receive constructive feedback from a panel of senior scholars and from each other.

Eligible applicants are pre-tenure professors, fellows, visiting assistant professors, and other junior scholars in similar academic positions. Papers on environmental law, energy law, natural resources law or water law are eligible. No junior scholar may participate in the Colloquium more than twice.

The panel will select the proposals for discussion based on the degree of innovation they exhibit, the extent to which they point toward practical solutions to environmental problems, and whether, based on the scholarly and analytical quality of the proposals, they are likely to lead to high-quality work products.

To enter, please submit a cover letter, an outline or concept paper of 5-15 double-spaced pages, and a C.V. to by March 15. If an article has already been drafted, please just submit a summary of no more than 15 pages. Footnotes are not expected. Articles that have already been accepted for publication are not eligible. This event is for early-stage work that can still be significantly shaped by the discussion at the Colloquium.

Authors of selected papers will be notified by March 30. All Colloquium participants will be expected to participate in the full program (the afternoon and evening of May 4 , and all day on May 5) and to read and comment on each others’ proposals. The domestic travel costs of all participants will be reimbursed.

The senior scholars who will be judging this year’s competition and participating in the workshop will be:

  • William Buzbee — Georgetown University Law Center
  • Daniel Esty — Yale Law School
  • Michael Gerrard — Columbia Law School
  • Katrina Wyman — New York University School of Law


  1. Good people, I am no attorney but merely an environmental activist in a coastal community dealing with sea level rise. We are working on a model of “managed retreat” from soon to be inundated shores and find that there are many laws making this all but impossible. People are still obtaining permits to build in sites which are predicted to be under water in less than a decade. They have a “reasonable use” right to build in these danger zones and there is no law which prevents them. I would like to see discussion of what laws need to change to make “managed retreat” a reality rather than merely an opinion.

  2. I don’t have any specific advice regarding changes to the relevant law in Washington State. I’m afraid that the situation you’ve encountered there is not unusual. We’ve published a handbook that discusses legal issues in contexts like yours (see link #1 below). It might prove helpful as you try to identify laws and policies on which to focus your advocacy. Another resources I can suggest is the video recording of a panel discussion we hosted on issues related to managed retreat (link #2 below).


  3. Superb post, I think law schools must be increased and some law courses must be added in colleges or university so that the students know little bit about their country or city law so that if they are in any trouble they can easily deal it or easily communicate with lawyer in future if anythings happens. I want to appreciate you for sharing as this article is very helpful for me, keep updating about new things as well 🙂

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