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Symposium Tackles Great Lakes Natural Resource Governance

03/04/2013

Senior Advisor to the Administrator for the Great Lakes at the Environmental Protection Agency Cameron DavisInvasive species, hydraulic fracturing, and emerging challenges were among the topics covered at the 2013 Environmental and Natural Resources Law Program spring symposium titled “Great Lakes Natural Resource Governance.” The event was the work of the Indiana International & Comparative Law Review, the Environmental Law Society, the Environmental Law Forum, and IU McKinney’s environmental law alumni. The symposium was March 1, 2013, in the Wynne Courtroom.

The day’s keynote lecture, titled “Great Lakes Priorities and Policy Initiatives,” was given by Cameron Davis, senior advisor to the administrator for the Great Lakes at the Environmental Protection Agency in Washington, D.C. Davis talked about the different factors that go into good governance, including making forward-looking decisions that are based on good science.

Emerging challenges was the topic for panel one, made up of Jessica Dexter, staff attorney of the Environmental Law and Policy Center in Chicago; and Nick Schroeck, executive director of the Great Lakes Environmental Law Center in Detroit.

Panel two – made up of Scott McKenzie of Shields Mott Lund LLP in New Orleans; and Cole Atlin, master’s candidate at Western University in London, Ontario – discussed invasive species and the threat they bring to the Great Lakes.

Hydraulic fracturing was the subject of panel three, discussed by Christopher Henkel, associate professor at Mississippi College of Law in Jackson, Mississippi; and Joanna Glowacki, an environmental attorney in Chicago.

Panel four discussed ethical governance and the role of rights. This panel was made up of Saby Ghoshray, president of the Institute of Interdisciplinary Study in Houston; and Jacqueline P. Hand, professor at Detroit Mercy Law School in Detroit.

An update and perspective on changing legal regimes was offered by Joseph Dellapenna of Villanova University School of Law, and Davis.

The fifth and final panel of the day looked at comparative models. This topic was covered by Mark S. Davis, director of the Tulane Institute on Water Resources Law and Policy in New Orleans; Gina Warren, associate professor of law at Texas Wesleyan University in Fort Worth; Richard Paisley, director of the International Waters Governance Initiative in Vancouver, British Columbia; and Reed Benson, professor at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque.

The day’s final presentation, “Prospects for Future Governance,” was offered by Professor Eric Dannenmaier, director of the law school’s Environmental and Natural Resources Law Program.


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