Call for Papers

On Friday, November 6, 2020, the University of San Diego (USD) School of Law will host its Twelfth 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 Twelfth 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. This event is typically held at the USD campus but depending on the status COVID-19 may be held remotely via webinar format. Also, you must submit your completed article to the Journal’s editors by October 5, 2020, for consideration in the Twelfth Volume.

The theme of our 2020 Symposium on Climate and Energy Law is “Climate Risk and Resilience: Lessons from COVID-19.” While more can be done to reduce and remove greenhouse gas emissions, governments and businesses increasingly recognize that climate impacts are inevitable and have begun to consider ways to prepare for, adapt to, and recover from the risks of a changing climate. Episodic climate-related disasters, including wildfires, flooding, and heatwaves, have provided localized, punctuated examples of how a changing climate could affect us. But not until the COVID-19 pandemic did we get a glimpse of the potential impacts of a crisis that is global in scale. It has exposed vulnerabilities in modern institutions: from public health to economic systems and governing structures to global supply chains. 

At the University of San Diego School of Law’s Twelfth Annual Lesley K. McAllister Symposium on Climate and Energy Law, academic and policy experts will discuss what lessons from the COVID-19 pandemic can be applied to climate risk and resilience. We invite proposals on this theme, including but not limited to the following broad topics. 

  • Role of Government – What is the proper role of government and the private sector to prepare for climate risk? What legal impediments frustrate action? Does federalism help or hurt our ability to prepare for and respond to disasters?  What can we learn from examples of how local, state and national governments, and global institutions have responded to COVID-19?
  • Investment and Insurance  – How will climate change affect investment and insurance decisions? In particular, how will we address the built environment in the face of climate impacts? What are the legal issues around managed retreat? Is there an upside to investing in infrastructure, devices, and methods that enhance resilience? How is risk factored into today’s decisions?
  • Equity - How will climate impacts affect vulnerable communities? Are there useful parallels between how COVID-19 has affected these populations and how they will be affected by climate impacts?  How will climate impacts affect communities differently and does this warrant different adaptation and resilience strategies?

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 Victoire Marqué, 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 acknowledgment that you will attend the Symposium on Friday, November 6, 2020, and submit a complete draft of your article to the SAN DIEGO JOURNAL OF CLIMATE & ENERGY LAW by October 5, 2020.

The Leslie K. McAllister Symposium on Climate & Energy Law is co-hosted by the Energy Policy Initiatives Center (EPIC) and the SAN DIEGO JOURNAL OF CLIMATE & ENERGY LAW. For more information, see the Symposium Website.

Deadline for Submissions

Please submit your proposal by May 31, 2020.  We look forward to hearing from you!