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Learning from Disaster:

lessons for the future from the gulf of mexico

Water and sea-scape

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(The Symposium is free, pre-registration encouraged but not required)

Workers cleaning up a beach

An Environmental Affairs Law Review (EALR) symposium 

With generous sponsorship by John D. Hanify, ’74 

Co-sponsored by Boston College Environmental Studies Program, BC Law's Environmental Law Society, and the Boston College Energy and Environment Alumni Network (BCEEAN).


 The Environmental Affairs Law Review of Boston College Law School, a journal of law, science, and policy, is pleased to announce its Fall 2010 Symposium.

Twenty years ago Boston College Law School researched legal issues arising from the Exxon Valdez spill for the State of Alaska Oil Spill Commission. This year, the Boston College Environmental Affairs Law Review is drawing upon scholars from around the nation and the world to contribute similarly effective research and policy analysis in the wake of an even larger catastrophe, the BP Deepwater Blowout in the Gulf of Mexico. The symposium is prospective: we will focus on learning from the current crisis and developing ideas to prevent similar tragedies in the future. Presenters will offer critiques of the current regulatory structure and propose changes in regulation they believe necessary to avert another crisis. The keynote speech will focus on how the spill and the resulting cleanup efforts have affected the ecosystem in the Gulf and along the shore.

Date:  Nov 12, 2010

Time:  1:00PM - 6:00PM

Location:  Boston College Law School
East Wing, Room 120
885 Centre Street
Newton, MA 02459



1:00-1:30 pm Introduction and Welcome
1:45-3:15 pm Panel One--The Importance of Effective Regulation

Moderator: David Buente (BCEEAN/Sidley Austin)
David Dana - Northwestern University Law School
Holly Doremus - University of California Berkley Boalt Hall
Alyson Flournoy - University of Florida Law School
John Paterson - University of Aberdeen
Rena Steinzor - University of Maryland Law School

3:15-3:30 pm Coffee Break
3:45-4:30: Keynote Speaker - Dr. Riki Ott

Introduction: Zygmunt Plater - Boston College Law School

4:45-6:00 pm Panel Two--New Considerations in the Aftermath of a Spill

Moderator and Introduction: Cutler J. Cleveland (Boston University Center for Energy & Environmental Studies)
Noah Hall - Wayne State University Law School
Itzchak Kornfeld - Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Mark Latham - Vermont Law School
Zygmunt Plater - Boston College Law School



(The Symposium is free, pre-registration encouraged but not required)