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Ecology Law Currents is the online-only publication of Ecology Law Quarterly, one of the nation’s most respected and widely read environmental law journals. Currents features short-form commentary and analysis on timely environmental law and policy issues.

Judging a Book by its Cover: The Tension between Evidentiary Gatekeeping and Compensatory Theories of Tort

 Julie Amadeo Julie Amadeo is 2016 J.D. graduate of New York University School of Law. This article has been adapted from a larger work for the purposes of the Environmental Law Review Syndicate (ELRS).              I.              Introduction Human minds are primed to jump to conclusions. Call them intuitions, or things

Nov 19, 2016

Constitutions and the Environment: Comparative Approaches to Environmental Protection and the Struggle to Translate Rights into Enforcement

Kyle Burns* Kyle Burns is a 3L at the University of Virginia School of Law. This post is part of the Environmental Law Review Syndicate (ELRS).   Introduction Every nation around the world faces ecological hardships. Almost every nation has responded with a legal regime that attempts to ensure environmental protection. These environmental law schemes come

Nov 13, 2016

With Energy Law Federalism Under Construction, State Policymaking May Be Delayed

John Bullock* John Bullock is a J.D. Candidate at Harvard Law School. This post is part of the Environmental Law Review Syndicate (ELRS).   Introduction As the public has become more aware of the intense connection between the practices of electric utilities and greenhouse gas emissions, interested groups have shone a brighter spotlight on the

Nov 13, 2016

 Pipelines, Protests and General Permits

 Samantha L. Varsalona Samantha Varsalona is a 2L at Georgetown University Law Center and Staff Member of Georgetown Environmental Law Review. This post is part of the Environmental Law Review Syndicate (ELRS).  Abstract The Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) has become a contentious topic in recent months. The controversy centers around Dakota Access, LLC[1], a subsidiary