UC Berkeley’s Center for Law, Energy & Environment seeks a water policy
fellow to start August 15, 2021. See here for more information:
Applications due by July 2, 2021
Passed by Lake Shasta over the weekend and saw this dramatic evidence of the severe drought conditions in California. Several San Francisco Bay area water districts have already announced measures to reduce water usage.
This interesting opportunity was shared with me.
A link to a posting on Linkedin.com for this position. Here is also a copy of the actual position description and related info.
If you are a 2020 Santa Clara Law School grad and interested in environmental justice issues (and also haven’t found a full-time job yet), come work with me as a part-time graduate fellow. For additional details and how to apply, see below. (We would love help as soon as possible.)
While there is a wealth of climate cases pending in courts across the world, success for climate activists has been very limited. Last year, in the Urgenda case, the Dutch Supreme Court affirmed an earlier lower court decision finding that the government had not done enough to cut greenhouse gas emissions. This French decision is apparently the first in France finding the government liable for climate harms.
The Emmett Institute at UCLA Law has fellowship openings – two-year academic appointments intended to help early stage lawyers launch careers in environmental law. This is designed for 3Ls and recent graduates. Due date is January 26.
Of course, the best news today was the inauguration of President Biden. But as an added bonus, he has brought the US back into the Paris Climate Agreement with this simple acceptance of the Treaty. Since the Paris Agreement is largely binding, at least with respect to the substantive emission reduction commitments, and given that the US was only out for a little more than 2 months, it’s as if the US never left!
Now, for students of international environmental law, the next question to ask would be this: how can this simple “acceptance” of the Agreement make the US a party? Why is Senate advice and consent not necessary?
This climate change-related virtual fellowship opportunity, sponsored by the UNFCCC, was forwarded to me recently. It looks quite interesting; targets young professionals (under age 30).
By coincidence, we just discussed protection of the stratospheric ozone layers in my environmental law course this week when I saw the obituary for Dr. Mario Molina yesterday, a Mexican-American scientist. His research on damage to the ozone layer by CFCs and other ozone depleting chemicals was awarded a Nobel Prize and eventually prompted the negotiation of the Ozone Treaties (Vienna Convention and Montreal Protocol). These agreements have become among the most successful international environmental treaties to date and continue to serve as models for modern environmental treaty-making. In his later days, he used his role to speak out on these broader environmental policy issues, including in the context of climate change. What a loss.
See the last piece (“Complainant Rights and Civil Rights Act Title VI”) in this collection of opinion pieces in the Environmental Forum’s (Nov./Dec. 2020) Debate “Advancing Racial Justice Means Advancing Environmental Justice” for my contribution.