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Recentering Environmental Law: A Thought Experiment

Legal Planet

How would environmental law look different and how might we be thinking about it differently? We would also have understood the link between energy law and environmental law much earlier. Other parts of environmental law might also have looked different. I magine if history had been a little different.

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How the ICC is Using International Criminal Law to Prosecute Suspects of Eco Crimes

Legal Planet

One new set of tools that legal experts are proposing we consider are those available under international criminal law. I was part of the UCLA Law student group, along with Hannah Reynolds (J.D. ‘26) 26) and Selina Novak (Doctoral Program in Law Exchange Student Researcher).

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The Year in California Climate Laws

Legal Planet

These laws are an important step in the right direction. But 2023 found the new law subject to a referendum to overturn its terms, which will come before voters in November 2024. Newsom vetoed an end-of-session gut-and-amend by Sen.

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California Enacts Major Water Law Reform Legislation–But More Changes Are Needed

Legal Planet

The California Legislature has enacted and Governor Gavin Newsom recently signed into law SB 389 , an important water law reform measure authored by State Senator Ben Allen. SB 389 is part of a broader initiative by the Legislature–and public interest groups–to reform and update California’s water laws.

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Navigating Net Zero Via the Law  

Union of Concerned Scientists

Our study offers a lens on how four key nations are using the law to navigate net zero, highlighting their varied approaches and the potential for legal strategies to accelerate progress. Below is an overview of the legal mechanisms they are using to reach net zero. Brazil: Brazil’s approach to net zero is in a state of evolution.

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Can International Law Save the Planet from Climate Change?

Union of Concerned Scientists

When diplomacy needs backup, countries turn to resolve their disputes at the ICJ, the United Nations’ principal judicial organ, to set the tone for international law. As an advisory body, the court provides legal opinions on international law questions. What is an advisory opinion?

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Proposed Plastics Law Could Slash Wasteful Packaging

Scientific American

A law proposed in New York State seeks to reduce plastic packaging, ban certain plastic chemicals and mandate that producers of packaged consumer goods fund the recycling or disposal of what they sell

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