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About This Journal

First published in 1971, Boston College Environmental Affairs Law Review (EA) is one of the nation's two oldest law reviews dedicated to environmental law. Having developed and maintained a national reputation as one of the country's leading environmental and land use journals, EA has the highest subscription rate among the law reviews at Boston College Law School.

EA defines "environmental" very broadly, indeed:

Environmental Affairs is designed as a multidisciplinary scholarly journal which seeks to develop further an intelligent interchange on the recognition and solution of environmental problems. . . Far too frequently, much imagination remains inert and much initiative is lost because of the intellectual isolation of lawyers, scientists and other professionals. Environmental Affairs seeks to remedy the inadequacies of separate disciplinary structures and keep all its readers advised of significant related developments in other areas of learning. . . Environmental Affairs is intended to be a forum: A forum for the interchange of research opinion and commentary of scientists of various disciplines, administrators, planners, educators and lawyers. The list is not intended to be inclusive. We invite your response.  Editor's Note, 1 B.C. Envtl. Aff. L. Rev. vi (1971).

In recent years, articles have addressed such diverse topics as toxic pollution, global warming, public and private property rights, affordable housing, kosher food laws, economic analysis of environmental regulation, and animal rights. In recent years, EA also has cultivated a reputation for hosting novel legal symposia on current environmental and land use issues. For example:

The Law and Planning of Public Open Spaces: Boston's Big Dig and Beyond, October 7, 2004. 32 B.C. Envtl. Aff. L. Rev. (2004).

Coastal Wind Power Energy Generation: Capacities and Conflicts, September 25, 2003. 31 B.C. Envtl. Aff. L. Rev. 177 (2003).

Twists in the Path from Mount Laurel, January 16, 2003. 30 B.C. Envtl. Aff. L. Rev. 433 (2002).

Palazzolo v. Rhode Island: The Future of Land Use Regulations, March 26, 2002. 30 B.C. Envtl. Aff. L. Rev. 1 (2002).

Jane Jacobs and the New Urban Ecology, November 18, 2000. 28 B.C. Envtl. Aff. L. Rev. 537 (2001).

Please direct inquiries to ealr@bc.edu.