Environmental Law and Policy Program

The Environmental Law and Policy Program sponsors a series of public lectures in environmental law. Visiting speakers are in residence at Boalt Hall for three to five days, and allocate significant office time during their stay to meet with students on an individual basis.  Working in cooperation with the Environmental Law Society, a Berkeley Law student group, the Institute seeks to enrich the opportunities for students and others in the UC Berkeley community in the field of environmental law and policy.

For other Institute activities concerning environmental law, see our Law of the Sea Institute website.


ILR Environmental Law Lectures

"Arctic Stewards: The Role Of Alaska Natives In Managing Arctic Marine Resources"
Dr. Kathryn Mengerink
Staff Attorney and Co-Director, Ocean Program
Environmental Law Institute

March 13, 2014 
240 Boalt Hall, 12:45-2:00 pm

lunch will be served


Co-sponsored with the Center for Law,  Energy, and the Environment, the Environmental Law Society, and the Ecology Law Quarterly

Dr. Mengerink will discuss the role and rights of Alaska Natives in managing marine resources with a special focus on marine subsistence resources. In particular, she will discuss the basic legal framework including the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act, the Marine Mammal Protection Act, and the Endangered Species Act as it relates to Alaska Native subsistence and will highlight innovative and successful approaches taken by Alaska Native communities to achieve stewardship objectives.

Dr. Mengerink is a JD graduate of Berkeley Law and holds a PhD in marine biology from Scripps Institution of Oceanography. She founded the Ocean Program at the Environmental Law Institute, which she continues to lead today, and is also a lecturer on ocean law and policy at Scripps. 


"Environmental Policy, Native Rights, and Resources Management in the Arctic"
Dr. Kathryn Mengerink, Staff Attorney and Director of the Ocean Program, Environmental Law Institute
March 6, 2013

"Problems of Enforcement in Marine Resources Regulatory Programs"
Dr. Kathryn Mengerink, Staff Attorney and Director of the Ocean Program, Environmental Law Institute
February 14, 2012

"The Climate Change Crisis and Its Impact on the Pacific Islands"
Professor Jon Van Dyke, University of Hawaii
September 9, 2010

"Climate Change and the Energy Crisis:  Lessons from History"
Professor Paul Sabin, Yale University
February 9, 2009 

"Nuclear and Military Activities in the Oceans"
Professor Jon M. Van Dyke, University of Hawaii 
March 11, 2008                    

"Moving Toward Stringency in Emissions Trading:  The Problem of Slack Caps"
Professor Lesley K. McAllister, University of San Diego
November 13, 2007

"Emerging Energy Technologies Policy in the Gulf of Mexico:  Offshore Wind and Ultra-Deepwater Drilling"
Professor Richard J. McLaughlin, Harte Research Institute for Gulf of Mexico Studies, Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi
February 8, 2007

"The Global Crisis in Ocean Fishery Resources"
Dr. Kathryn Mengerink, Environmental Law Institute
September 14, 2006

"Can the Common Law Protect the Global Commons?"
Professor Robert Percival, University of Maryland
March 22, 2006

"Conservation in Whole"
Professor Eric Freyfogle, University of Illinois
September 23, 2005

"Ocean Communities in Conflict: Heartbreaking Lessons from the Battle Over Marine Protected Areas in Hawaii"
Professor Denise E. Antolini, University of Hawaii
April 4, 2005

"The Making of Environmental Law"
Professor Richard J. Lazarus, Georgetown University
November 17, 2004

"The World Trade Organization's Anti-Discrimination Jurisprudence: Free Trade, National Sovereignty, and Environmental Health in the Balance"
Professor Sheila Foster, Fordham University
March 3, 2004

"New Challenges Facing the Ocean Environment"
Professor Jon Van Dyke, University of Hawaii
October 22, 2003

"The Political Economy of Sustainable Wildlife Management: The Vicuna of the High Andes"
Dr. Desmond McNeill, University of Oslo 
April 30, 2003