Washington Journal of Environmental Law & Policy


The Washington Journal of Environmental Law and Policy is an organization that advances interdisciplinary scholarship in the field of environmental law. Under the leadership of student editors, the Journal publishes scholarship by academics, legal practitioners, and law students, and provides timely journalism on the state of environmental law in in the Pacific Northwest and beyond. The Journal also publishes the University of Washington Arctic Law and Policy Institute’s yearly review of developments in Arctic law and policy.

Additionally, the Journal partners with the University of Washington Environmental Law Program to host the Annual University of Washington Environmental Law Symposium. The Symposium brings together influential scholars, attorneys, policy makers, and others to discuss and develop solutions to an important recent concern in environmental law. We advance the symposium’s impact by publishing a special issue on the same important subject each year. This year’s symposium will be on November 6, 2015 and will examine the existing legal framework available to address ocean acidification, current policy addressing its causes and effects, and viable paths forward towards healthier coasts and ocean systems.

The Journal has an excellent reputation for successfully gathering the relevant intellectuals and decision-makers around important environmental concerns facing our world. This past year, the Journal hosted the award-winning Arctic Encounter Symposium. Leaders from across the globe gathered to explore the delicate balance between resource development and conservation in the Arctic and debate the best paths forward as the United States assumes chairmanship of the Arctic Council this year. The ABA subsequently recognized this event, naming the Arctic Encounter Symposium the 2014-15 Law Student Program of the Year.

Mission Statement & Guiding Principles

The Washington Journal of Environmental Law and Policy is a student-run organization that advances legal and interdisciplinary scholarship in the field of environmental law. Through the production of our publications, student editors develop broadly applicable editing, writing, and leadership skills. The Journal provides a forum for students, scholars, and practitioners to examine interdisciplinary environmental issues facing the Pacific Northwest and beyond.

To advance our mission, we:

  • Publish legal scholarship with the greatest utility to legal practitioners working within the field of environmental, land use, and natural resources law.
  • Develop our editors’ legal writing and research skills through regular trainings and projects.
  • Conduct ourselves in a collaborative and professional manner.
  • Cultivate sustainability through all facets of journal operation and policy by focusing on long-term growth and stability.

All Journal Diversity Statement

The Washington Law Review, Washington International Law Journal, Washington Journal of Law, Technology & Arts and Washington Journal of Environmental Law & Policy each embrace diversity as part of our commitment to furthering an inclusive community and excellence in scholarship. We appreciate the varied perspectives diversity provides to our publications, leadership, and culture. We believe a diverse community encourages us to learn from one another, collaborate more effectively, and appreciate our differences. We are also committed to supporting, participating and partnering with others in efforts to make the legal profession diverse and inclusive.

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