Call for Papers

On Friday, November 9, 2018, the University of San Diego School of Law will host its Tenth Annual Lesley K. McAllister Symposium on Climate and Energy Law.  With this Call for Papers, you are invited to submit a title and abstract of an article that you can present at the Symposium and publish in the Tenth Volume of the San Diego Journal of Climate & Energy Law.  If we select your proposal, the University will pay for all travel expenses to and from the Symposium. Also, you must submit your completed article to the Journal’s editors by the date of the Symposium (October 31, 2018) for consideration in the Tenth Volume. 

The theme of our 2018 Climate & Energy Law Symposium is “Looking Beyond Fossil Fuels in The Trump Era.” The first year of the Trump presidency marked a significant change in climate and energy policy. The Trump Administration has worked to reverse many of the climate and energy policies put in place during the Obama years and has sought to expand fossil fuel production and development.  

At the University of San Diego’s Tenth Annual Climate & Energy Law Symposium (now named the Lesley K. McAllister Symposium of Climate and Energy Law in honor of the late San Diego Law professor Lesley K. McAllister), academic and policy experts will analyze and assess several aspects of this complex issue. 

  • Federal Policy on Fossil Fuels Under Trump -- During Trump’s first year in office, his Administration has advanced policies to expand fossil fuel production by seeking to expand offshore drilling, withdrawing land from National Monuments, and withdrawing or significantly amending existing or proposed regulations from the Clean Power Plan to methane, among others. These actions raise numerous legal and policy issues in the areas of coastal and marine protection, public lands, air quality and greenhouse gas emissions regulations, pipeline approval, and the possibility of conflicts between the states and the federal government over policy and Constitutional issues. 
  • Federal Fossil Fuel Policies and California Climate Goals -- How do policies to expand fossil affect California’s legal ability to pursue its state statutory greenhouse gas reduction targets by 2030? How could decisions on (1) whether current Corporate Average Fuel Economy standards for 2025 will remain in place and (2) the outcome of the California Air Resources Board’s pursuit of a waiver under the Clean Air Act affect California’s goal to reduce emissions from  transportation? How would expanded oil production, particularly from offshore drilling affect California’s ability to meet its greenhouse gas targets? How will the Department of Defense’s exclusion zones affect offshore wind development and how does this differ from offshore fossil fuel development leases? 
  • Pathways to Deep Decarbonization -- How do Trump Administration policies on fossil fuels affect pathways to long-term deep decarbonization, including leaving fossil fuels in the ground? Will market forces make fossil fuels less competitive regardless of policies to expand production? What role could nuclear energy play in reaching greenhouse gas reduction targets in 2050 and beyond?

 All article proposals related to these broad issues in climate and energy law are welcome. If you are interested in participating, please submit the following materials to Jessica Kirschner, Editor-in-Chief of the San Diego Journal of Climate & Energy Law, at 

  1. The proposed title of your article and a brief 300 word abstract; 
  2. Your CV; and
  3. Written acknowledgement that you will attend the Symposium on Friday, November 9, 2018, and submit a complete draft of your article to the San Diego Journal of Climate & Energy Law by October 31, 2018. 

The University of San Diego Climate & Energy Law Symposium is co-hosted by the Energy Policy Initiatives Center (EPIC) and the San Diego Journal of Climate & Energy Law.


Deadline for Submissions

Please submit your proposal by Monday, May 15, 2018.  We look forward to hearing from you!