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The California-Quebec Adventure: Linking Cap and Trade as a Path to Global Climate Action?

A symposium on the recent linkage of the California and Quebec cap-and-trade programs and its implication for broader international climate cooperation.

Senate Select Committee Hearing on Climate Change and AB 32 Implementation: California Climate Progress Update

​The next hearing of the Senate Select Committee on Climate Change and AB 32 Implementation will be held at UCLA Law School.

Symposium | Saving Public Transit
Symposium | Saving Public Transit
Friday, November 2, 2012

Public transit in California and the nation—including the shuttles, buses, and passenger rail that serve our communities—has been b​attered by recession and dwindling public sector budgets. At the same time, ridership in many areas has spiked. This conference will highlight the challenges facing transit and explore solutions to overcome them and develop a world-class transit system.

Symposium | California

California’s landmark cap-and-trade program for controlling greenhouse gases gets underway this year, with the state’s first public auction slated for November 2012. The state still faces crucial questions, however, about how to spend revenues derived from its cap-and-trade auctions. Our symposium will look at a set of key questions surrounding revenue allocation decisions.

Perspectives on Climate Change, Pollution, and the Clean Air Act

This symposium examines the relationship between Clean Air Act regulation and climate change from legal, principle and practical perspectives. Gina McCarthy, EPA Assistant Administrator for Air and Radiation, will be the lunch keynote speaker.

The symposium will be held at UCLA School of Law on Friday, April 15, 2011. Register now!

Local Agencies on the Cutting Edge: Emerging Challenges to Local Land Use Authority
Leading Developments in Chinese Law, including Environmental Law Plenary

Conference on leading developments in Chinese law and their implications for U.S.-China relations, including speakers on civil society, environmental law, commercial arbitration, and legal reform generally in China. ​

States in the Lead: Climate and Transportation Policy

This day of workshops will bring together state leaders and others from around the country to explore lessons learned from the state models, to share their strategies with policymakers on Capitol Hill, and to discuss ways that they can continue to lead. ​

Working Conference on Nanotech Regulatory Policy

On April 17, 2009, the Initiative on Sustainable Technology, a newly established joint project of the School of Law and the School of Public Health, co-sponsored a conference to address the explosive growth in the development and commercialization of nanomaterials-engineered particles having a size of 100 nanometers or less.​


On Friday, March 6, 2009, the day-long symposium at UCLA focused on the response of government, industry and communities in the L.A. region to the new AB 32 scoping plan and coming climate change regulations. 

Changing Climates: Adapting Law and Policy to a Transforming World

This public symposium brought together policymakers, legal scholars and environmental experts to address the impact of climate change on law and policy.  Articles from the symposium are published in Volume 56 of the UCLA Law Review.​

Coping with Global Warming
Coping with Global Warming
Friday, March 2, 2007

The conference  focused on how we will adapt to the inevitable impacts of climate change, even as we all work to prevent those impacts.  Articles from the symposium will be featured in a special issue of the UCLA Journal of Environmental Law and Policy.​

Preventing and Responding to Catastrophe: The Role of Environmental Law and Policy

Leading scholars, advocates and government officials discussed disaster planning and response, with particular attention to global climate change and to the vulnerability of California's levee system.  Bruce Babbitt gave the keynote address, stressing the importance of land-use planning in ensuring that more housing isn't built in vulnerable areas. ​