Areas of Interest
Environmental Law and Policy
Combining forces to accelerate climate action here, there, now
February 15, 2023
The recipients of the first grants awarded by Harvard’s Salata Institute for Climate and Sustainability will tackle a range of climate change challenges, seeking to reduce future warming and assist those whose lives already have been affected by the crisis.
Andrew Mergen will lead the Emmett Environmental Law and Policy Clinic at Harvard Law
January 3, 2023
Former Department of Justice chief and appellate lawyer Andrew Mergen will join Harvard Law School as director of the Emmett Environmental Law and Policy Clinic.
How inflation act may help rescue greenhouse-gas goals of repealed Clean Power Plan
November 16, 2022
Harvard Law School professors Richard Lazarus and Jody Freeman discuss the importance of the Inflation Reduction Act in light of the Supreme Court’s decision to block the Obama-era Clean Power Plan.
The Ames Game
November 14, 2022
At the 2022 Ames Moot Court Competition, two teams battled over Article III judicial power and climate change.
‘An unparalleled opportunity as a law student to get hands-on experience doing appellate litigation’
November 9, 2022
The Final Round of the 2022 Ames Moot Court Competition kicks off on Thursday, November 10, 2022, at 7:30 p.m., in the historic Ames Courtroom at Harvard Law School.
A global beacon on climate change
October 28, 2022
This article was originally published in the Harvard Gazette. Jean Salata is a climate optimist, enough to often elicit a gentle eyeroll from his…
What happens after ‘the world’s worst industrial disaster’?
October 11, 2022
Harvard Law School student Apoorva Dixit gives voice to survivors of the Bhopal gas tragedy in a seven-part podcast series and TEDx Talk.
In this installment of “Cases in Brief,” Harvard Law Professor Richard Lazarus ’79 discusses the landmark citizen-suit case, Lujan v. Defenders of Wildlife (1992), which hindered the ability to bring environmental citizen suits for much of the 1990s.
April 22, 2022
On Earth Day, we highlight some of the work being done by Harvard Law students, scholars, clinics, and programs to address some our most pressing environmental issues.
Figueres receives 2022 Great Negotiator award at HLS
April 21, 2022
As the former executive secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, Christiana Figueres was in charge of the 2015 climate talks in Paris. In a conscious departure from earlier conferences, she declared that any agreement should be unanimous, rather than merely a consensus.
Current electric vehicles subsidies fail to reduce overall emissions, says Harvard Law study
April 7, 2022
Subsidies offered by the federal government for the purchase of new electric vehicles (EVs) may actually increase total greenhouse gas emissions without similar aid for secondhand buyers, concludes a new study led by Ashley Nunes, Ph.D., a fellow at Harvard Law School’s Labor and Worklife Program.
Since 2018, Harvard Law students have been tracking environmental laws and regulations across administrations.
Supreme Court preview: West Virginia v. EPA
February 28, 2022
Harvard Law expert Shaun Goho explains how a complicated Supreme Court case could have major implications for government agencies and the environment.
Harvard Law Professor Christine Desan says the Biden administration is harnessing fiscal and monetary policy to bolster the economy, but should move faster to address climate change, crypto markets, public banking.
Weighing President Biden’s first year
January 18, 2022
In this series, Harvard Law experts turn a critical eye to the Biden administration’s efforts on health care, the economy, criminal justice reform, and other areas important to Americans — and share their thoughts on its agenda for the future.
Weighing President Biden’s first year: The environment
January 13, 2022
Harvard Law Professor Richard Lazarus says Biden has ‘quickly and effectively’ reversed many of former President Trump’s executive orders on the environment, but Congress ‘presents a major obstacle’ to the new administration.
Waiving COVID vaccine patent rights? It’s complicated
December 27, 2021
Harvard Law Today recently spoke to Professors Terry Fisher and Ruth Okediji about COVID-19 vaccine challenges in the global south, waiving drug-maker patents, and what they propose to reform the system in time for the next pandemic.
September 21, 2021
Helping key players across Massachusetts — including the City of Boston and environmental nonprofits — reduce greenhouse gas emissions to net zero by 2050 is a focus for the Emmett Environmental Law & Policy Clinic at Harvard Law School.