Call for Proposals: Symposium on Climate Action in the Great Lakes Region - Buffalo Environmental Law Journal

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To commemorate its 30th anniversary, the Buffalo Environmental Law Journal (BELJ) will be hosting a symposium titled, “Climate Action in the Great Lakes Region,” on Friday, November 10, 2023, in Buffalo, New York, with a virtual participation option. Please visit our website for event information and updates.

One-page proposals are due by August 30, 2023, with extension grantable upon written request. Proposals can be submitted via email to (with subject heading “Symposium Proposal”) or through Scholastica. See our website for submission details:

In addition to one-page proposals, we are also happy to review completed, unpublished papers.  Based on these submissions, the BELJ Editorial Board will invite authors to present their articles at the symposium. All accepted articles will have the opportunity to be published in the Buffalo Environmental Law Journal, Volume 31, Issue 1, in January 2024. 

Proposal topics are not limited to but may include:

  • How mitigation, adaptation, and resiliency efforts at the municipal, state, federal and international levels can prepare our coastlines for climate change
  • Recent efforts to expand environmental rights and the rights of nature
  • Population migration: will the Great Lakes area become a climate refuge?
  • Climate justice actions: ensuring a more equitable future
  • Legal and policy approaches for combating invasive species in the Great Lakes region
  • Legal and policy approaches for addressing toxicity, harmful algal blooms, and dead zones in the Great Lakes. What actions are needed to address excess nutrients, mercury, PCBs, PFAS and other contaminants?
  • Climate actions in technology, industrial, and agricultural sectors (including transitions to cleaner renewable energy sources, building climate-resilient infrastructure, and emission-reduction efforts)
  • Environmental conflict resolution (ECR) processes and other collaborative efforts in the Great Lakes Basin

Questions may be directed to Daniel Pszonak, Editor-in-Chief of the Buffalo Environmental Law Journal, at