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Professor Ann Powers: Two Pace students, Ann Bermont (’14) and Anthony Papetti (’14), were among those responding to a request by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) for assistance  preparing briefing materials for IUCN’s oral presentation in a case before the International Tribunal on the Law of the Sea (ITLOS). Case #21 […]

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Professor Ann Powers: For those of you interested in the UN’s process for establishing Sustainable Development Goals as mandated by Rio+20, the Open Working Group approved its  “Outcome Document” on Saturday after a final week-long session.   It will be taken up by the General Assembly in the fall. http://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/focussdgs.html There are separate goals on water, […]

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Professor Ann Powers from the IUCN Academy of Environmental Law Colloquium in Tarragona: Although an extensive range of energy topics are being covered, the Colloquium has focused primarily on terrestrial activities and has provided only limited discussion opportunities for those whose primary interests are the health and protection of our oceans and coastal waters.  The […]

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After two days of workshops and side events focused on teaching and research, the 12th IUCNAEL Colloquium opened officially Wednesday with remarks and greetings from a number of IUCN officials, academic hosts, and local and international dignitaries.  Participants then moved on to the individual breakout sessions that will fill much of the rest of the […]

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Submitted by John R. Nolon, Professor of Law, Pace Law School, Counsel to the Land Use Law Center, and Adjunct Professor of Land Use Law and Policy at the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies. In February, I posted a blog on Pace Law School’s GreenLaw site defining a land use climate change bubble. […]

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By Daniel E. Estrin Adjunct Professor of Law, Pace Law School Supervising Attorney, Pace Environmental Litigation Clinic A very important public trust decision was issued yesterday by the New York State Court of Appeals in a case brought by the Pace Environmental Litigation Clinic’s good friends and allies at the Super Law Group. New York State’s highest court ruled in Capruso v. Village […]

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By: Christopher Halfnight, MEM Candidate, Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies Unconventional oil and gas development is fundamentally changing the U.S. energy landscape, bringing both new challenges and new opportunities.  Federal and state laws regulate some aspects of the shale oil and gas development life-cycle, but the pace and scale of shale plays in […]

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Chevron Step II with Teeth

This is a post for Ad-law geeks. The Pace Environmental Litigation Clinic just won its case challenging the EPA Water Transfer Rule on behalf of Trout Unlimited, Waterkeeper Alliance and Hudson Riverkeeper. The Clinic has been representing Trout Unlimited on this issue for well over a decade, since 2000 when the Clinic commenced litigation seeking […]

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Under the Public Trust doctrine, navigable waters are held in an inalienable trust by State government.  Members of the public have a right to transit by boat on  waters susceptible to navigation.  This is true even where both shorelines are under private ownership, and even where the lands under the water are held in private […]

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Agency Capture in the Carolinas

Newly released e-mails show that when Duke Energy received notice that several citizens groups (including Waterkeeper Alliance and several North Carolina Waterkeeper organizations) were planning to sue it for Clean Water Act violations at its coal ash “storage” ponds, it started active negotiations with the North Carolina Departmnent of Environmental and Natural Resources.  These negotiations […]

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