Columbia Journal of Environmental Law

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Columbia Journal of Environmental Law  
DisciplineEnvironmental law
Edited byAshley Gregor
Publication details
Standard abbreviations
BluebookColum. J. Envtl. L.
ISO 4Columbia J. Environ. Law
OCLC no.57832456

The Columbia Journal of Environmental Law is a student-run law review published at Columbia University's School of Law. The journal primarily publishes articles, notes, and book reviews discussing environmental law and policy and related subjects.[1]


The journal was established in 1974 as an "outgrowth of the activities of the student Environmental Law Council" at Columbia Law School.[2] In the introduction to the first edition of the journal, Columbia Law School Dean Michael I. Sovern stated that he hoped the journal would serve as "training grounds" to help environmental lawyers "learn their craft."[3] Sovern also remarked that environmental scholarship had "passed the long, dark years when those concerned with the environment were considered kooks" and he assured readers that the journal would not be "recycled" like another "long-gone New York newspaper."[3] In opening remarks for the twenty-fifth anniversary edition of the journal, a member of the journal's board of directors suggested that future authors would need to confront "second-generation environmental problems" that would be "more complex" than problems in the past.[4]


The journal publishes scholarship relating to "a range of topics from civil rights to the Securities and Exchange Commission, all concerning some aspect of environmental law and policy."[1] In addition to its usual selection of articles, notes, and book reviews, the journal has also published articles relating to symposia hosted by the journal and Columbia Law School.[5] However, in 2014, the journal began publishing an online issue dedicated to the journal's annual Climate Change Symposium.[6]


In 2016, Washington and Lee University's Law Journal Rankings placed the journal among the top five environmental, natural resources, and land use law journals with the highest impact factor.[7] Articles published in the journal have been cited by the Supreme Court of the United States[8] as well as the Second,[9] Third,[10] Fourth,[11] Sixth,[12] Seventh,[13] Eighth,[14] Ninth,[15] and Tenth Circuit Courts of Appeals.[16] Many state supreme courts have also cited articles from the journal.[17] Articles also appear in many legal treatises, including American Jurisprudence,[18] American Law Reports,[19] and the Restatement of Torts (Third).[20]

Abstracting and indexing[edit]

The journal is abstracted or indexed in HeinOnline, LexisNexis, Westlaw,[21] and the University of Washington's Current Index to Legal Periodicals.[22] Tables of contents are also available through Infotrieve and Ingenta,[21] and the journal posts some past issues on its website.[23]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b Columbia Journal of Environmental Law, Columbia Journal of Environmental Law: About (Accessed August 20, 2015).
  2. ^ Frank P. Grad, Opening Note, 1 Colum. J. Envtl. L. 3 (1974).
  3. ^ a b Michael I. Sovern, A Welcome, 1 Colum. J. Envtl. L. 1 (1974).
  4. ^ Frank P. Grad, Opening Note, 25 Colum. J. Envtl. L. 217 (2000).
  5. ^ See, e.g., Symposium: The Role of State Attorneys General in National Environmental Policy, 30 Colum. J. Envtl. L. v (2005).
  6. ^ Columbia Journal of Environmental Law, Columbia Journal of Environmental Law: Submission Policy of the Columbia Journal of Environmental Law (Accessed August 20, 2015).
  7. ^ "Law Journals: Submission and Ranking, 2008-2015," Washington & Lee University (Accessed: September 25, 2016).
  8. ^ FERC v. Miss., 456 U.S. 742 (1982).
  9. ^ Price Trucking Corp. v. Norampac Indus., 748 F.3d 75 (2014).
  10. ^ Am. Farm Bureau Fedn v. United States EPA, 984 F. Supp. 2d 289 (2013).
  11. ^ United States v. Waste Industries, Inc., 734 F.2d 159 (1984).
  12. ^ United States v. Rapanos, 376 F.3d 629 (2004).
  13. ^ Frey v. EPA, 751 F.3d 461 (2014).
  14. ^ United States v. Aceto Agric. Chems. Corp., 872 F.2d 1373 (1989).
  15. ^ Carson Harbor Vill., Ltd. v. Unocal Corp., 270 F.3d 863 (2001).
  16. ^ New Mexico v. GE, 467 F.3d 1223 (2006).
  17. ^ See, e.g., Henry v. Dow Chem. Co., 473 Mich. 63 (2005); S.D. Warren Co. v. Bd. of Envtl. Prot., 2005 ME 27 (2005); Gore v. People's Sav. Bank, 235 Conn. 360 (1995).
  18. ^ See, e.g., American Jurisprudence, Pollution Control, 61B Am. Jur. 2d Pollution Control § 256.
  19. ^ Jay M. Zitter, Liability of Corporations for Climate Change and Weather Conditions, 46 A.L.R.6th 345 (2009).
  20. ^ Restatement Third of Torts: Liability for Physical and Emotional Harm, § 28.
  21. ^ a b Washington and Lee University Law Library, Journal Finder: Columbia Journal of Environmental Law.
  22. ^ University of Washington Gallagher Law Library, Periodicals Indexed in CLIP.
  23. ^ Columbia Journal of Environmental Law, Archived Issues.

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