Professor Robert Glicksman Speaks on Climate Change Adaptation
Web Editor - Published: March 17, 2011
On Wednesday, March 16th, Robert L. Glicksman, the J. B. and Maurice C. Shapiro Professor of Environmental Law at the George Washington University Law School, spoke to a group of faculty, staff, and students on the Delaware campus about “Federalism Implications of Climate Change Adaptation.” The event was also broadcast to the Harrisburg campus. Professor Glicksman’s remarks came as part of the Environmental Law Center’s Distinguished Speaker Series.

“We’re talking about long-term, inevitable consequences,” said Professor Glicksman of climate change following a welcome from Vice Dean J. Patrick Kelly and an introduction from James R. May, the H. Albert Young Constitutional Law Fellow and the Associate Director of Widener Law’s Environmental Law Center.

Professor Glicksman discussed the role of climate change adaptation policy and how adaptation differs from mitigation as well as the design of adaptation federalism, the relevance of collective application policy to any federal adaptation plan, and his future research.

“Adaptation is meant to protect society from nature,” stressed Professor Glicksman in contrasting it with mitigation, which is about limiting damage to the environment caused by society. “Adaptation deals with a larger and more diffuse array of problems,” he added.

Following his remarks, Professor Glicksman took questions and comments from the audiences in both Delaware and Harrisburg. The discussion touched on a wide range of topics including disaster planning in the wake of the recent earthquake and tsunami in Japan and efforts in Congress to eliminate the Environmental Protection Agency’s ability to regulate emissions.

A graduate of Union College, Professor Glicksman earned an M.A. from Harvard University and his J.D. from Cornell Law School. He practiced at a law firm in Washington, D.C. that focused on environmental, energy, and administrative law issues before joining the faculty at the University of Kansas School of Law in 1982. An expert on environmental, natural resources, and administrative law matters, Professor Glicksman has produced an extensive body of scholarship including casebooks on environmental and administrative law, monographs on risk regulation and environmental enforcement, and a treatise on public natural resources law.

Previous speakers in the series included Edith Brown-Weiss, the Francis Cabell Brown Professor of International Law at Georgetown University Law Center, and Robert V. Percival, Robert F. Stanton Professor of Law and Director of the Environmental Law Program at the University of Maryland School of Law, during the fall semester. American University Professor Heather Hughes will speak on Wednesday, March 23rd as the final speaker in the series for the 2010-11 academic year.