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Re-Valuing the Ocean in Law: From Individual Goods to Complex System

Wednesday, March 27, 2019,

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  • Location: Vanderbilt Law School • 131 21st Ave South • Nashville, TN 37203
  • Room: Hyatt Room

poster imagePlease join the Energy, Environment and Land Use Program for an engaging lecture by Professor Robin Craig, James I. Farr Presidential Endowed Professor of Law at the University of Utah Law School. 

The United States controls more ocean territory than land territory, and it depends upon this marine resource for fuel, for transportation, for food, and for recreation, among other benefits. Yet U.S. law and policy address marine resources on a resource-by-resource and often species-by-species basis, creating a fragmented hodge-podge of federal, state, and local regulation with no overarching prioritized goals or regulatory hierarchy. Professor Craig argues that we need to re-value the ocean as a complex adaptive system in which all parts are interconnected. While relatively recent moves to ecosystem-based management and ecosystem protection are steps in the right direction, the failure to recognize the ties among various marine goods and services and their increasing vulnerability to a changing ocean leaves U.S. law and policy fundamentally unable to cope with those changes and their increasingly surprising impacts on human health and well-being.

Light refreshments will be served to those attending the event.

Visitors should park in the Terrace Place Garage, spaces 41-92, at the corner of 21st Ave. South and Terrace Place, or the Wesley Place Garage, spaces 52-170, at the corner of 21st Ave. South and Scarritt Place.  Parking costs range from $4.00 to $12.00 at these garages.  Both are within walking distance of the law school.