Pollution, brain tumors, children . . . and national security

Ionizing radiation symbol“If Al Qaeda sent a team of sleeper cells to poison our groundwater and release toxic materials into the air, people would go nuts. It would be an act of war,” Dycus notes.

“But if we do it to ourselves in the name of national security, in preparation for war, that seems to be sort of OK.”  

– My Vermont Law School colleague Steve Dycus, quoted in The Nation’s detailed story about lawsuits accusing defense contractor Pratt & Whitney of causing a brain cancer cluster among children in Florida by contaminating the area’s soil and water:
The Brain Cancer Rate for Girls in This Town Shot Up 550%—Is a Defense Contractor to Blame?

Dycus is lead author of National Security Law (Wolters Kluwer) and Counterterrorism Law (Wolters Kluwer), and author of National Defense and the Environment (Univ. Press of New England).

Write On! McGill International Journal of Sustainable Development Law and Policy

The McGill International Journal of Sustainable Development Law and Policy (JSDLP) is soliciting submissions of case comments. The JSDLP is a student-run, peer-reviewed academic journal based at the Faculty of Law of McGill University in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. The journal provides a forum for the exchange of ideas on the intersection between law, the environment, development and society.

The journal is currently seeking case comments on recent jurisprudence relating to environmental or sustainable development law and policy. Cases may come from any jurisdiction. Comments are generally 5,000 words in length. Submissions from academics, policymakers, practitioners, NGO representatives and graduate-level students are welcome.

Past issues of the JSDLP are available at http://www.mcgill.ca/jsdlp/jsdlponline for your reference.

Deadline for submission of full papers: October 31, 2013

Please send questions and submissions to Audrey Mocle, Case Comment Editor, at audrey.mocle@mail.mcgill.ca.

Call for Papers: Second Contemporary Challenges of International Environmental Law Conference


The Faculty  of Law at the University of Ljubljana, Slovenia has issued a call for papers in connection with its Second Contemporary Challenges of International Environmental Law Conference, to be held on June 5-6, 2014.

Submission Details | Papers should address issues of environmental protection, including, but not limited to: Climate Change, Air Pollution, Protection of Oceans, Access to Water, Forests, Biodiversity, Sustainable Development, Human Rights and Environment, Protection of Environment in Armed Conflicts, Environment and Indigenous Peoples, Green Energy, Waste Management, and International Trade and Environmental Protection.  Abstracts for papers should be no longer that 350 words in length and must be submitted via email by Thursday, September 5, 2013. Each submission must include the name, title, and position of the author, the name and address of the author’s current institution of employment, and a short biography.  All papers presented at the Conference will be published in a conference book. More information about submitting papers may be found here.  Any inquiries should be directed to the Conference organizers.

About the Conference | The Contemporary Challenges of International Environmental Law Conference provides an opportunity for interdisciplinary academic debate among legal scholars and scientists from various fields concerned with issues of environmental protection.  More information about the Conference is available on the Conference web page.