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Victor Flatt Presents ELI Seminar on Federal Climate Change Adaptation

On December 1, 2011, CLEAR Director Victor Flatt presented a seminar on Federal Climate Change Adaptation: Current Efforts, Political Debates, and Future Potential. The seminar was held at the Environmental Law Institute and examined the current state of federal climate change adaptation efforts, existing legal authority for further adaptation policy, and the current political debate surrounding the issue which could affect federal policy making.

Victor Flatt Serves as Visiting Scholar at the Environmental Law Institute

CLEAR Director Victor Flatt will serve as a Visiting Scholar at the Environmental Law Institute (ELI) this Fall. Flatt is the Tom & Elizabeth Taft Distinguished Professor in Environmental Law. He is a leading scholar in environmental enforcement and has focused on legal approaches to adaptation in the face of climate change. Widely published, six of his articles have been finalists or have been selected among the top 10 environmental law articles of the year. His recent article on state spending on environmental enforcement was singled out as one of the top environmental articles in academia by the 2011 Environmental Law and Policy Annual Review, which is published by ELI.

"I am very excited to collaborate with ELI at this important time in understanding how we are going to move forward in planning climate change adaptation, both domestically and internationally. I have been a fan of ELI's real-world work for a long time and have enjoyed collaborating with them on ideas and articles in the past. I look forward to what can result from close work over a longer period of time." - Prof. Victor B. Flatt.

ELI is an internationally recognized, non-partisan research and education center working to strengthen environmental protection by improving law and governance worldwide. It has played a pivotal role in shaping the fields of environmental law, policy, and management, domestically and abroad. ELI's work conducts impartial analysis of important environmental issues for opinion makers, including government officials, environmental and business leaders, academics, members of the environmental bar, and journalists. ELI's Environmental Law Reporter is the leading site for academics, government officials and private sector attorneys to discuss the important environmental issues of the day.

CLEAR Director Victor Flatt Presents at Workshop on "Disasters and Sociolegal Studies" in Onati, Spain

CLEAR Director Victor Flatt participated in an international workshop on Disasters and Sociolegal Studies on July 21 and 22, 2011, where he presented on the role of non-profit organizations in long term disaster recovery.

The multidisciplinary workshop was held in Onati, Spain, and was hosted by the International Institute for the Sociology of Law. Flatt was among 20 scholars from Australia, Portugal, Spain, Germany and the United States who attended.

The workshop addressed the relationship between sociolegal studies and disaster studies, as well as the legal frameworks and governance structures that apply to disasters, climate change and humanitarian aid. Attending scholars examined these topics in the context of recent disasters such as Hurricane Katrina, the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, and the earthquakes in Haiti and the Sichuan province in China.

Flatt's presentation on "the role of non-profits in long term disaster recovery and the need for recognition of that role in official long term recovery planning documents" is closely tied to his work at UNC School of Law. As Director of the Center for Law, Environment, Adaptation and Resources (CLEAR), Flatt's work examines the legal frameworks affecting the ability of communities to adapt to climate change. As a part of his scholarship, Flatt examines disaster preparedness and response planning.

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