Real-world legal analysis for today’s environmental and energy challenges

The Harvard Law School Environmental & Energy Law Program (EELP) provides real-world legal analysis for today’s environmental and energy challenges. We promote creative problem solving and productive engagement through rigorous legal research, and outreach to decision-makers, stakeholders, media, and the public. EELP’s work covers the following issue areas:

Across these issue areas, decision-makers are faced with challenges posed by technological advances, restructured markets, and climate change. These dynamic situations require innovative, nimble responses that at the same time are grounded in a thoughtful policy framework.

We work with policymakers, advocacy organizations, industry groups, and other stakeholders, to contribute legal scholarship that has real world impacts.

The EELP Approach

Real World Legal Analysis

Our research begins with practical governance considerations. Law is just words on paper if it doesn’t achieve stated goals or change with the times. We consider how the law operates in the “real world” – accounting for budgetary constraints, political trends, competing interests, and institutional inertia. Analysis that understands this context will prompt realistic solutions and enhance the success of an environmental program.

Problem Solving and Productive Engagement

Environmental issues arise from the complex relationship between humans and the natural world. To find innovative, long-lasting solutions, we need a multidisciplinary approach. While we begin our analysis from a legal perspective, we partner with natural science, economics, public health, and technical experts to complement that analysis.

We also partner with regulators and regulated entities to inform how we can reach diverse audiences and find common ground in solutions to the challenges we face. Understanding stakeholders face competing demands and time constraints, we translate our research into practical products such as checklists, white papers, workshops, podcasts, and tailored consultations.

Prior EELP Projects have included


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