April 2012

As Faculty Director of the U.S.-China Partnership for Environmental Law at Vermont Law School, I am very pleased to share the following links:

From Burlington Free Press: Leahy preserves funding for law school program

Senator Leahy Press Release: Leahy Rescues $3.9 M. For Vermont Law School And Vermont-Based Institute For Sustainable Communities To Continue Program That Is Helping To Foster Environmental Advocacy In China


My book Everyday Environmentalism was reviewed by MIT Press. You can read the full review here (with subscription).

I would describe the review as weakly positive, mostly because the author thinks are significant limits to the impacts of greening choices in everyday life. Due to this strong baseline view, I think the review could perhaps look at it from the other side, i.e., that government regulation and infrastructure influence everyday behavior. The reviewer writes about my book:

"The book is at its best when it acknowledges the limits of green consumption and highlights the promise of regulation that re-engineers, in small ways and large, the fabric of daily choice. Where Czarnezki really shines, though, is when he considers the interplay between individual consumer choice and broad policy change."

The Colloquium on Environmental Scholarship at Vermont Law School will be held on October 12, 2012. Abstract submissions are due this Monday, April 30. Upload your submission at

UCLA School of Law’s Emmett/Frankel Fellowship in Environmental Law and Policy

UCLA School of Law’s Emmett Center on Climate Change and the Environment and Environmental Law Center are now accepting
applications for the UCLA Emmett/Frankel Fellowship in Environmental Law and Policy for the academic years 2012-2014. This fellowship is a full-time, two-year faculty position (approximately August 2012 through July 2014). The position involves policy and legal research and writing, assisting with organizing projects such as conferences and workshops, and teaching.

The Emmett Center on Climate Change and the Environment and the Evan Frankel Environmental Law and Policy Program are dedicated to creating and advancing law and policy solutions to the climate change crisis and other environmental challenges, and to training the next generation of leaders to address these issues. The programs foster informed debate and analysis to educate the public, policymakers, business leaders, and others on critical environmental issues.

The Fellow will further the work of the Programs by pursuing research on issues relating to environmental law and policy, including climate change law and policy, and by generating policy-oriented written work to be published through the Frankel Program, the Emmett Center, and other venues such as law journals. The Fellow will also assist the Centers’ Executive Directors with projects relating to the Programs’ work, including organizing conferences and other events, and public education and outreach efforts. In addition to these
responsibilities, which will continue year-round, the Fellow will take on teaching responsibilities in environmental law topics.

Candidates should possess a J.D. (or equivalent law degree), earned within the past several years or expected at the end of spring 2012; a strong academic record; excellent analytical and writing skills; and demonstrated interest and background in environmental law or policy. Previous experience in law practice or clinical instruction is preferred but not a necessary qualification. The salary is
anticipated to be approximately $58,000 per year plus a competitive benefits package.

Applicants should apply BY EMAIL ONLY to Jeanne Fontenot at
envirolaw@law.ucla.edu. Please submit a letter discussing
qualifications and interests, a resume, a law school transcript, and contact information for three references. The subject line of your email should read “Environmental Fellow Application.”

Application deadline is May 9, 2012.

Visit our website at
http://law.ucla.edu/centers-programs/environmental-law/Pages/default.aspx for more information about our programs.

UCLA School of Law is an equal opportunity employer and has a special interest in enriching its intellectual environment through further diversifying the range of perspectives represented within the faculty.

Colloquium on Environmental Scholarship Logo


OCTOBER 12, 2012


Vermont Law School will host the Third Annual Colloquium on Environmental Scholarship on October 12, 2012. The Colloquium offers the opportunity for environmental law scholars to present their works-in-progress and recent scholarship, to get feedback from their colleagues, and to meet and interact with those who are also teaching and researching in the environmental and natural resources law area.

If you are interested in presenting a paper at the Colloquium, please submit your contact information, a working title and short abstract using our online form by April 30. For an abstract to be eligible for submission, the author must anticipate that the paper will still be at a revisable stage (neither published nor so close to publication that significant changes are not feasible) by the date of the Colloquium. We will do our best to include all interested presenters, and will notify authors about acceptances no later than May 2012.

All selected participants will be required to submit a paper draft no later than October 1, 2012, and all participants will be asked to provide commentary on another participant’s paper draft at the Colloquium. Final papers will also be eligible for publication in the Vermont Journal of Environmental Law.

The Colloquium will take place on Friday, October 12, and Vermont Law School’s Environmental Law Center and its faculty will host a cocktail reception on Thursday evening, and dinner on Friday evening. Further Colloquium details regarding schedule, events, lodging, and transportation will be forthcoming and available at www.vermontlaw.edu/ces2012.

Submit your abstract here.

Never did I imagine that I’d be so busy on my sabbatical. I only find time to write this since it is Spring Break for my kids and so we’re backpacking Europe via overnight train, making a triangle from Southern Sweden/Copenhagen to Amsterdam to Prague and back. (Though we only made the train in time because our daughter’s principal drove us to pick up our older daughter from a field trip we didn’t know she had and then to the train station.) I hope it turns out to be a good train trip, and I’m especially excited about going to the Czech Republic and Eastern Europe for the first time.

Why have I been so busy? Well, I’ve started to learn Swedish through municipally run free courses for non-native speakers, and my morning class contains people from all over the world with different levels of education. In addition to Swedish, I’m re-learning Chinese as well with two native Chinese speakers in the class. But my Spanish skills have really come back since one of my fellow students only speaks Spanish, so anything she doesn’t understand in Swedish of English, I have to translate for her. If anything, I wish I had the time to really become fluent in the three non-native languages in which I dabble—Chinese, Spanish and Swedish. My class is a fascinating mix of people, who are all kind and friendly. Though many have significant amounts of education, I am clearly (and unfairly) in a better position since I have a job, I (unlike them) can return to the U.S. anytime, my American degree holds more clout, and I am assumed to be more competent due to my whiteness and English-speaking skills. Yet, it’s comforting to know that only after three days, folks from the U.S., England, Somalia, Iran, Iraq, Afghanistan, Bosnia, Russia, and China can all get along though well. Though, in all honestly, it’s hard and saddening to meet people who had to leave their war torn homes as a result of American military action. And, after now living in China and Sweden, its remarkable how my worldview has changed over the past three years.

More about why I’m so busy…I’ve been finishing up my second book (about food policy and the environment) and starting my third (about the future of environmentalism in a globalized world), working on two China articles and developing my Sweden academic ties, including doing two comparative environmental law projects with Swedish academics. The last item is especially easy to do, since I love trains and unlike the U.S., here it’s just so easy to hope on the train and go see a colleague 2-3 hours away. There’s a real interest in Sweden in building institutional relationships and doing comparative
environmental law work between the EU, the U.S. and China. Thus, I’m building very going relationships with Uppsala University, Linnaeus University, Kristianstad University, and a few others.

Finally, my new electric guitar begs to be played more often, and my partner and I had our first date since mid-December (the movie “Hunger Games” was better than expected, and, in what we’ve come to expect in Sweden, dinner was overpriced and too salty but the wine, bread and butter were excellent).