Harvard Environmental Law Review

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Harvard Environmental Law Review  
Abbreviated title (ISO 4)
Harv. Envtl. L. Rev.
Discipline Environmental law
Language English
Edited by Samantha Caravello and Genevieve Parshalle
Publication details
Publication history
Frequency Biannually
ISSN 0147-8257
LCCN 77641876
OCLC no. 03231039

The Harvard Environmental Law Review (Bluebook abbreviation: Harv. Envtl. L. Rev.) is a student-run law review published at Harvard Law School. The journal publishes articles, notes, and comments on subjects relating to environmental law, land-use law, and the regulation of natural resources.[1]

History and overview[edit]

The Harvard Environmental Law Review was founded in 1976 by Harvard Law School students Deborah Williams, James McDaniel, and Alan Gabbay;[2] at the time, it was the school's fifth law journal.[3] In a preface to the inaugural issue, former Harvard Law School dean Albert Sacks wrote that one of the journal's goals was to "raise questions" about whether environmental progress "conforms to an intelligent and coherent set of goals."[4] The founding editors explained that the goal of the inaugural issue was to cover recent developments in environmental law and policy.[5] However, in its early years, the journal shifted its focus toward a wider range of topics because "it was too ambitious to ask students to research and write a comprehensive overview of recent developments every year."[6]


In 2016, Washington and Lee University's Law Journal Rankings placed the journal as the top-ranked environmental, natural resources, and land use law journal according to combined score, impact factor, and journal citations.[7] In his 1998 assessment of environmental law journals, Gregory Scott Crespi described the Harvard Environmental Law Review as a "leading journal" in its field.[8] The journal has been cited legal treatises, including American Jurisprudence,[9] American Law Reports,[10] and the Restatement (Third) of Property.[11]

Abstracting and indexing[edit]

The journal is abstracted or indexed in EBSCO databases, HeinOnline, LexisNexis, Westlaw,[12] and the University of Washington's Current Index to Legal Periodicals.[13] Tables of contents are also available through Infotrieve and Ingenta,[12] and the journal posts past issues on its website.[14]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ HeinOnline Law Journal Library, Additional Information for Harvard Environmental Law Journal (Accessed November 7, 2016); see also Harvard Law School, Journals and Publications (Accessed November 7, 2016).
  2. ^ Bonnie Docherty, 25 Years or HELR: The Invention and Reinvention of Environmental Law, 25 Harv. Envt'l L. Rev. 323, 328 (2001).
  3. ^ Albert M. Sacks, Preface, 1 Harv. Envtl. L. Rev. xv, xv (1976).
  4. ^ Albert M. Sacks, Preface, 1 Harv. Envtl. L. Rev. xv, xvi (1976).
  5. ^ Introduction, 1 Harv. Envtl. L. Rev. xvii, xx (1976).
  6. ^ Bonnie Docherty, 25 Years or HELR: The Invention and Reinvention of Environmental Law, 25 Harv. Envtl. L. Rev. 323, 328 (2001) (internal citation omitted).
  7. ^ "Law Journals: Submission and Ranking, 2008–2015," Washington & Lee University (Accessed November 7, 2016).
  8. ^ Gregory Scott Crespi, Ranking the Environmental Law, Natural Resources Law, and Land Use Planning Journals: A Survey of Expert Opinion, 23 Wm. & Mary Envtl. L. & Pol'y Rev. 273, 298 (1998)
  9. ^ See, e.g., Eric C. Surette, 61 Am. Jur. 2d, Plant and Job Safety § 40.
  10. ^ See, e.g., Lora A. Lucero, Construction and Application of the Cooperation with States Requirement under Sec. 6 of the Endangered Species Act of 1973, 16 U.S.C.A. § 1535, 8 A.L.R. Fed. 3d Art. 3.
  11. ^ Restatement (Third) of Property (Servitudes), Modification and Termination of a Conservation Servitude Because of Changed Conditions, § 7.11 (2000).
  12. ^ a b Washington and Lee University Law Library, Journal Finder: Harvard Environmental Law Review (Accessed November 7, 2016).
  13. ^ University of Washington Gallagher Law Library, Periodicals Indexed in CLIP (Accessed November 7, 2016).
  14. ^ Harvard Environmental Law Review, Print Archives (Accessed November 7, 2016).

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