About NDEL

Environmental law addresses some of the most complex challenges of our time, from clean air and water, to endangered species conservation, to environmental justice and climate change. As a relatively new field, it is constantly expanding and evolving, reflecting our increased focus on the impact of human activities on the natural world.
 
In 2010, Yale’s New Directions in Environmental Law conference was inaugurated as a space to discuss novel approaches to the practice of environmental law and the creation of environmental policy. By combining academics and practitioners under one roof, NDEL brought together a new community to together discuss – and solve – environmental challenges.
 
New Directions in Environmental Law is an annual student-run conference organized jointly between the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies and the Yale Law School. It is an ongoing conversation between high-level practitioners, academics, and the next generation of environmental and policy leaders.

News and Notes

Author: 
Ama Francis

Hey NDEL-goers, 

We’re super excited for tomorrow’s conference! We have a great line-up planned. Check out our program here!

Author: 
Ama Francis

Hey NDEL-goers, 

We’re super excited for tomorrow’s conference! We have a great line-up planned. Check out our program here!

Author: 
Ama Francis

Hello NDEL-goers, 

We’re excited for the conference next Saturday! If you need NDEL housing, please sign up hereIf you are willing to host NDEL participants, please sign up here

Thanks so much! 

Mustafa Ali, Senior Vice President of Climate, Environmental Justice & Community Revitalization at the Hip Hop Caucus, will join NDEL as a keynote speaker. Ali resigned from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) last March, after working for 24 years to advance environmental justice in the agency.

“I knew I had to stand up,” Ali said, “because I didn’t see the values and priorities that I work for reflected in our new administration.”

Author: 
Ama Francis

Registration for NDEL 2018: Centering Justice is now live!

Register here to join environmental practitioners, scholars, and activists for a day of learning, networking, and coalition-building on Saturday, March 3! 

We would love to hear from you and read your proposals. We’re focusing on justice, and we want everyone here – particularly people who haven’t attended the conference before or haven’t been to Yale.
 
We are looking for proposals for a keynote panel and breakout sessions.
 
Please find the details at the following URL:

At Yale’s New Directions in Environmental Law conference, the ‘International Agreements and Domestic Implementation’ panel centered on actions taken at international levels in response to climate change. The main themes addressed within the entirety of this panel were state accountability, and the issue of transparent environmental information and its important role in shaping international agreements.

“Climate change is an ‘all hands on deck’ problem,” said Mark Nevitt. His marine reference was no surprise, as Nevitt is a Navy Commander. Nevitt is preparing for our war on climate change and making sure the navy, military, and the United States are prepared.

Moderator Michael Oristaglio, executive director of the Yale Climate and Energy Institute, framed the conversation around two major topics: the role that fossil fuels play in U.S. military operations and defense strategy, which in turn raises questions of environmental impacts and human rights; and the military’s ongoing plan to move away from fossil fuel use for strategic reasons.

In the “How to Incorporate Climate Uncertainty into Policy Frameworks” panel at Yale’s 2017 New Directions in Environmental Law conference, environmental policy analysts closely examined the strategic possibilities for climate modeling, particularly within coastal communities facing increased risks of natural disaster. Beginning with a high-level view of climate modeling throughout history and then drilling down into specific implications, the conversation ultimately turned to practical ways that local policymakers can incorporate climate modeling into their urban planning decisions.