Call for Submissions - Symposium on Climate and Environmental Justice

Posted by Riley Breakell, community karma 281

Deadline: September 1, 2022

The Connecticut Law Review is now soliciting proposals to contribute to our symposium, “Climate and Environmental Justice in the 21st Century: A Just Transition.” The symposium event will be held in person (with a virtual/hybrid participation option) on October 21, 2022. The accompanying symposium print issue is set for publication in May 2023 (full manuscript drafts for the print issue will be due February 1, 2023).

The symposium program centers on three issues at the intersection of environmental justice, labor, and the law. Our first panel will address the law’s ability (or inability) to address climate change and climate emergencies. Our second panel will explore labor transitions in energy communities, focusing on possible corporate obligations to support a just transition. The final panel will consider Connecticut-based actions to address these issues, with a focus on the 2021 Climate & Community Investment Act. We would ask each panelist to present for fifteen to twenty minutes, followed by a general Q&A discussion.

If you are interested in contributing, please submit a proposal via the Connecticut Law Review Scholastica or email. Your proposal should include: a working title and abstract for a prospective written contribution; the intended length of the contribution (e.g., article or essay length); and a short biographical note. We welcome submissions from interdisciplinary perspectives, including law, philosophy, sociology, bioethics, public health, economics, and social sciences.

 Contributions may address, but are not limited to, the below topics:

  • Do legal structures have the capacity to keep pace with the onslaught of climate and environmental emergencies? What tools may the law rely on to support and facilitate the objectives of a just transition?
  • What obligations do corporations have in supporting the objectives of a just transition?
  • How can the just transition support transitions in rural energy communities as we move away from extractive industries to a “greener” energy economy?

For symposium-related questions not addressed in this call, please email and