CUNY Law Review Call for Submissions: Environmental Justice & Critical Race Theory

Posted by Ian Sinclair, community karma 27

CUNY Law Review (CUNYLR) invites submissions on a variety of topics at the intersection of environmental justice (EJ) and critical race theory (CRT) for Volume 25, Issue 2. Recent attention on critical race theory offers an opportunity to explore its theoretical foundations and examine its current application to environmental law and justice. Scholarship within the field of geography, for example, draws directly on critical race theory to problematize the role of the racialized state in producing environmental injustice. Other environmental justice scholarship has looked at the relationship between environmental racism and racial capitalism, and conceptualized environmental injustice as a form of state-sanctioned violence.

We seek articles, essays, and other submissions that address unresolved problems and emerging issues related to critical race theory as applied to environmental law and justice, including, but not limited to:

  • An analysis of anti-Black racism and White supremacy in property law, the built environment, urban planning, disaster response, and development
  • The consequences of neoliberal “colorblind” and reformist policies to address environmental injustice
  • Reparations for environmental racism  
  • The intersection of EJ & CRT in the context of U.S. settler-colonialism and indigenous sovereignty
  • International models of association that respond to the historical causes and current impacts of environmental racism on a global scale
  • Analysis of anti-CRT legislation and its impact on addressing the climate crisis
  • Uses and limitations of litigation, legislation or regulatory enforcement concerning the public health consequences of environmental racism

We are seeking pieces that analyze injustice through a CRT lens, as well as those that present possibilities to think critically about changing the law.

For consideration in Volume 25.2 of the CUNY Law Review, contributors are strongly encouraged to submit a manuscript or an abstract by October 8, 2021 through Scholastica or to