Climate Change and the Public Trust Doctrine in Oregon: A Law Professors' Amicus Brief

65 Pages Posted: 17 Jul 2019 Last revised: 31 Jul 2019

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Michael C. Blumm

Lewis & Clark Law School

Mary C. Wood

University of Oregon - School of Law

Date Written: July 16, 2019

Abstract

This brief to the Oregon Supreme Court supports youth plaintiffs' claims that the state's failure to develop and implement a scientifically based plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to avoid a climate catastrophe violates the state's public trust doctrine. The brief reviews the history and application of the state's public trust doctrine in some detail. One-hundred and seven law professors from all over the country and the world signed on to the brief.

Keywords: climate change, public trust doctrine, natural resources law

JEL Classification: K11, K23, K32, Q15, Q28, Q35, Q38, Q48

Suggested Citation

Blumm, Michael C. and Wood, Mary C., Climate Change and the Public Trust Doctrine in Oregon: A Law Professors' Amicus Brief (July 16, 2019). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3420549 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3420549

Michael C. Blumm (Contact Author)

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Mary C. Wood

University of Oregon - School of Law ( email )

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