Category Archives: On The Environment

Paul Rink on Juliana v United States



Paul Rink, a joint degree student at Yale Law School and Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies and former summer law clerk at Our Children’s Trust, joins Liz Bourguet (FES ’20) and Alix Kashdan (FES ’20) to speak about Juliana v United States, the landmark youth climate lawsuit organized by Our Children’s Trust.


Bridget Burns and Emilia Reyes: The Intersection of Gender and International Climate Policy



Bridget Burns, Director of the Women’s Environment and Development Organization, and Emilia Reyes, Coordinator of Gender Policies and Budgets at Equidad de Género, speak about the intersection of gender and climate change, their roles in international climate change negotiations, and what they expect at this year’s U.N. Conference of Parties in Katowice, Poland. They were interviewed by Laura Brush (FES ’19) and Liz Bourguet (FES ’20).


Laurent Fabius: The President of France’s Constitutional Council on International Environmental Law



Laurent Fabius, President of the French Constitutional Council, visited Yale in September 2018. Alix Kashdan (FES ‘20) spoke with President Fabius about several issues facing global environmental law today, including his vision to strengthen the legal links between national climate pledges and climate action.


A Conversation with Diane Strauss from the Yale Initiative on Sustainable Finance



Diane Strauss, Program Director of the Yale Initiative on Sustainable Finance, joins Yale Center for Environmental Law and Policy Research Assistant Laura Brush to discuss the Initiative’s work to further research on collaborative approaches to innovation in sustainable finance. Diane describes the challenges companies face related to sustainability demands of investors, environment, social, and governance (ESG) considerations for businesses, and the concept of materiality.


20th Anniversary of the Environmental Performance Index



The 2018 Environmental Performance Index (EPI) ranks 180 countries on 24 performance indicators across ten issue categories covering environmental health and ecosystem vitality. These metrics provide a gauge at a national scale of how close countries are to established environmental policy goals. The EPI thus offers a scorecard that highlights leaders and laggards in environmental performance, gives insight on best practices, and provides guidance for countries that aspire to be leaders in sustainability.


Red Lights to Green Lights: From 20th Century Environmental Regulation to 21st Century Sustainability



Professor Daniel C. Esty sits down with YCELP Research Assistant Lucy Kessler to discuss his new law review article and his argument for a 21st century approach to environmental law that builds on the successes of the 20th century command-and-control approach but integrates advances in data and information and incorporates lessons learned from the private sector.