The Duke Environmental Law & Policy Forum is pleased to present papers from the Fourth Annual Cummings Colloquium on Environmental Law. The Cummings Colloquium was established in 1995 through a generous gift in honor of Jasper L. Cummings, Jr., a respected attorney from Raleigh, North Carolina. Each year, the Colloquium brings together scholars and practitioners of law, public policy, economics, and many other disciplines to discuss the most challenging contemporary environmental issues. The First Cummings Colloquium, held in April 1996, addressed the emerging non-equilibrium paradigm in ecology and its significance to environmental law and policy.(1) The Second Annual Cummings Colloquium, held in November 1996, examined the growing importance of comparative risk analysis as a tool for making environmental policy decisions.(2) The Third Colloquium, held in March 1998, investigated environmental politics to determine whether public choice theory adequately explains the emergence of environmental law and whether normatively desirable environmental law requires fundamental reform of the political system.(3) The Fourth Annual Cummings Colloquium, "Global Markets for Global Commons: Will Property Rights Protect the Planet?," is presented in this issue. The Fifth Annual Colloquium on Environmental Law & Institutions,(4) "Sustainable Governance: The Institutional Side of Sustainable Development," to be held on April 27-28, 2000, will explore the role that governments, in addition to business firms, play in environmental sustainability.
The Fourth Annual Cummings Colloquium was held on April 30 and May 1, 1999, at the Washington Duke Inn and Duke University School of Law.(5) The Colloquium was opened by Norm Christensen, Dean of Duke University's Nicholas School of the Environment (NSOE); Pamela Gann, Dean of Duke University School of Law; and Jonathan Baert Wiener, Professor at Duke Law …
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Publication information: Article title: Editor's Note(*). Contributors: Not available. Journal title: Duke Environmental Law & Policy Forum. Volume: 10. Issue: 1 Publication date: Fall 1999. Page number: Not available. © 2008 Duke University, School of Law. COPYRIGHT 1999 Gale Group.
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