About Us

The NYU Environmental Law Journal (ELJ) was founded in 1991 by students and alumni interested in furthering scholarship in the evolving field of environmental law. Since its inception, ELJ has become one of the leading environmental law journals in the nation. Environmental law exists at the intersection of society, nature and science, and the field has served as a catalyst for policy innovation and experimentation. ELJ publishes pieces that reveal and analyze the expanding links between environmental and land use policy as well as administrative, corporate, constitutional, criminal, energy, insurance, international, property, tax, and tort law. The Journal offers the historical, sociological, ethical, institutional, and scientific insights necessary for scholars and practitioners to better understand the foundations of environmental law. ELJ prides itself on its innovative structure and democratic mission. ELJ is committed to developing its staff members as both environmental thinkers and strong student editors, and the Journal works with its members to prepare student notes for publication.


The Journal’s events bring cutting edge topics to light, drawing top environmental law thinkers to NYU as speakers and audience members through its annual symposium. In addition to its annual symposium, ELJ members are encouraged to participate in community events pertaining to environmental law. Our members also have the opportunity to form long-lasting relationships with other members, ELJ’s second-to-none faculty advisory committee (Vicki Been, Richard Revesz, Richard Stewart, and Katrina Wyman), and alumni.

ELJ’s Structure and the Role of Staff Editors

ELJ’s board is composed of senior editors elected each spring by the 2L Staff Editors and the 3L Editorial Board. Staff Editors are involved in all aspects of the production of the journal. In addition to editing, proofreading, and article evaluation, Staff Editors serve on one of several planning committees. These committees review submissions and student notes, plan the symposium, and manage the production process. Staff Editors also maintain two office hours per week, during which they usually work on discrete assignments not directly related to their primary editorial assignments.

ELJ has a rich tradition and a serious ongoing commitment to publishing student writing. ELJ has an extensive process to assist students in writing works of publishable quality. The Journal’s Notes Editors work closely with each Staff Editor throughout the process to frame an original and relevant note topic and develop it into a polished piece. Works that complete the process enjoy a presumption of publishability.


If you have any questions, please contact Brittany Shaar (Editor-in-Chief, bes326@nyu.edu), William Rose (Managing Editor, wcr241@nyu.edu), or Tanya Shahjanian (Managing Editor, tns244@law.nyu.edu).