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Louisiana Law Professors submit brief explaining public trust doctrine for Southeast Louisiana Flood Protection Authority - East case against oil and gas companies

Fearing that the public trust doctrine was being misinterpreted, these professors felt the need to write a brief explanation of this key aspect of law. You can read it here

"IT'S A MAJOR AWARD!" Institute Receives 2014 Outstanding Citizen Diplomat award 

On Wednesday, November 12, 2014, the Tulane Institute on Water Resources Law & Policy was proud to accept the 2014 Outstanding Citizen Diplomat award from the New Orleans Citizen Diplomacy Council. The award is the result of our participation with groups of international visitors participating in the U.S. State Department's International Visitor Leadership Program, and other professional exchanges.  We're humbled and honored by the award and left wondering if we have an unfair advantage getting to talk about water, because who can't relate to water?  

Citizen Diplomat Award 



TULANE INSTITUTE ON WATER RESOURCES LAW & POLICY Releasing New Multidisciplinary White Paper Surveying Aspects of Moving People out of Harm's Way

We are pleased to announce the release of "Community Resettlement Prospects in Southeast Louisiana: A Multidisciplinary Exploration of Legal, Cultural, and Demographic Aspects of Moving Individuals and Communities," new white paper published by the Tulane Institute on Water Resources Law & Policy takes a multidisciplinary approach to surveying government programs to relocate people or resettle communities. The paper, coauthored with members of The Water Institute of the Gulf and the Tulane/Xavier Center for Bioenvironmental Research, recounts successes and failures of legal mechanisms exercised by the federal government to move citizens and communities, examines the cultural impacts of such programs in the past when exercised in Southeast Louisiana, and looks ahead through an exploratory demographic analysis of the communities in harm’s way and the effects on them by the Coastal Master Plan and the National Flood Insurance Program.

The paper does not advocate for resettlement or relocation, but finds that such programs, which may be necessary in the face of sea level rise and potential large-scale coastal restoration projects, are difficult to successfully pull off. Despite a variety of powers that could be potentially executed by the Federal government, relocation or resettlement projects need political and financial support from the government, and, also, the support from the communities and individuals being moved. Given the history of failed projects in Southeast Louisiana, engendering public support for and trust in the necessary government program could be difficult. Furthermore, the people most likely to need to be moved are disproportionately marginalized populations. If this stuff were easy, it would have been done by now. 

Confused by the Deepwater Horizon Findings of Fact? We've got a one-page summary online.

We hope you find it helpful.



Recent Publications and Presentations  

  • TUWaterWays: 
  • October 6, 2015 
  • September 29, 2015 
  • September 22, 2015 
  • September 15, 2015 
  • September 8, 2015     


    Christopher Dalbom, Scott Hemmerling, and Joshua Lewis. "Community Resettlement Prospects in Southeast Louisiana: A Multidisciplinary Exploration of Legal, Cultural, and Demographic Aspects of Moving Individuals and Communities." a white paper by the Tulane Institute on Water Resources Law & Policy. September 23, 2014. 

    New Finding of Facts and Conclusions of Law from Deepwater Horizon Trial Finds BP was Grossly Negligent & is Exposed to Clean Water Act Penalties at a Higher Rate. A summary sheet from the Tulane Institute on Water Resources Law & Policy, September 5, 2014. 

    "Turning Coastal Restoration and Protection into Realities: The Cost of Comprehensive Coastal Restoration and Protection," Financing the Future series of white papers, no. 1. August 18, 2014. 

    "At the Borders--The New Horizons of Water Management and Water Law," Mark S. Davis, Indiana International & Comparative Law Review, Vol. 24 No 1 2014. 

    "Funding Deepwater Horizon Restoration & Recovery: How Much, Going Where, For What?" a white paper by the Tulane Institute on Water Resources Law & Policy and the Environmental Law Institute. May 7, 2014. 

    Promise, Purpose, and Challenge:  Putting the RESTORE Act into Context for the Communities and Ecosystems of the Gulf of Mexico, a white paper by the Tulane Institute on Water Resources Law & Policy. April 8, 2013.    




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