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William Andreen
Edgar L. Clarkson Professor of Law
205-348-7091
wandreen@law.ua.edu
William Andreen's CV

Areas of Expertise:
Administrative Law
Climate Change
Environmental Law
International Environmental Law
Water Management
Water Pollution Law

William Andreen

Professor Andreen received his B.A. degree in 1975 from the College of Wooster, where he was a member of Phi Beta Kappa and was awarded the college’s prize in history. He holds a J.D. degree from Columbia University School of Law (1977). At Columbia, Professor Andreen was the Special Projects Editor of the Columbia Journal of Transnational Law and a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar. After two years of litigation practice with the Atlanta law firm of Haas, Holland, Levison & Gibert, he was appointed Assistant Regional Counsel of the U. S. Environmental Protection Agency, Region 4. In 1983, Professor Andreen joined the University of Alabama law faculty where he presently serves as the Edgar L. Clarkson Professor of Law and Director of the Joint Summer School Project with the Australian National University (ANU). During the Summers of 2008 and 2012, Professor Andreen was a Visiting Professor at Lewis & Clark Law School; during the Fall of 2005, he was a Fulbright Senior Scholar and a Visiting Fellow at the ANU’s National Europe Centre; during the Spring of 2005, he was a Visiting Professor at Washington and Lee University School of Law; and during the Spring of 1991, he was a Visiting Fellow in the Law Faculty at the ANU. He has also served or is serving in a number of other capacities: Legal Advisor, National Environment Management Council of Tanzania (1994-1996); Research Associate, Law Faculty, Mekelle University, Ethiopia (2001; 2003; 2004); past Chair, Environmental Law Section, American Association of Law Schools; Scholar, Center for Progressive Regulation (2004-present); Environmental Law Commission, World Conservation Union (IUCN) (2003-present); past President and currently Of Counsel, Alabama Rivers Alliance; Co-Chair, Enforcement and Administrative Penalties Stakeholder Committee, Alabama Environmental Management Commission (2005-2006); Of Counsel, GASP (2009-present); and Board Member, Black Warrior Riverkeeper (2013-____). Professor Andreen teaches Environmental Law, International Environmental Law, and Administrative Law and publishes widely on water pollution law and water management, as well as on other environmental and administrative law topics.

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Selected Publications

“Success and Backlash: The Remarkable (Continuing) Story of the Clean Water Act,” 4 George Washington Journal of Energy & Environmental Law 25-37 (2013).

“Of Fables and Federalism: A Re-Examination of the Historical Rationale for Federal Environmental Regulation,” 42 Environmental Law 627-679 (2012).

“Is There a Silver Lining to Midnight Mischief?” in TRANSITIONS: LEGAL CHANGE, LEGAL MEANING 84-97 (Sarat ed., University of Alabama Press, 2012).

“Water Law and the Search for Sustainability: A Comparative Analysis,” in WATER RESOURCES PLANNING AND MANAGEMENT 155-174 (Grafton & Hussey eds., Cambridge Univ. Press, 2011).

CLIMATE CHANGE AND THE PUGET SOUND: BUILDING THE LEGAL FRAMEWORK FOR ADAPTATION (co-authored) (Center for Progressive Reform, 2011).

MAKING GOOD USE OF ADAPTIVE MANAGEMENT (co-authored) (Center for Progressive Reform, 2011).

MISSING THE MARK IN THE CHESAPEAKE BAY: A REPORT CARD FOR THE PHASE I WATERSHED IMPLEMENTATION PLANS (co-authored) (Center for Progressive Reform, 2011).

THE BP CATASTROPHE: WHEN HOBBLED LAW AND HOLLOW REGULATION LEAVE AMERICANS UNPROTECTED (co-authored) (Center for Progressive Reform, 2011).

REGULATORY BLOWOUT: HOW REGULATORY FAILURES MADE THE BP DISASTER POSSIBLE AND HOW THE SYSTEM CAN BE FIXED TO AVOID A RECURRENCE (co-authored) (Center for Progressive Reform, 2010).

“Delegated Federalism Versus Devolution: Some Insights from the History of Water Pollution Control,” in PREEMPTION CHOICE: THE THEORY, LAW, AND REALITY OF FEDERALISM’S CORE QUESTION 257-276 (Buzbee ed., Cambridge Univ. Press, 2009).

“US Climate Legislation and Preemption,” 3 Environmental & Energy Law & Policy Journal 261-302 (2008).

COOPERATIVE FEDERALISM AND CLIMATE CHANGE (co-authored) (Center for Progressive Reform, 2008).

THE CLEAN WATER ACT: A BLUEPRINT FOR REFORM (co-authored) (Center for Progressive Reform, 2008).

ALABAMA WATER LAWS (two volumes) (Alabama Law Institute, 2008).

"Motivating Enforcement: Institutional Culture and the Clean Water Act," 24 Pace Environmental Law Review 67-98 (2007).

"Developing a More Holistic Approach to Water Management in the United States," 36 Environmental Law Reporter 10,277-10,289 (2006).

“The Evolving Contours of Water Law in the United States: Bridging the Gap Between Land, Water Use and Environmental Protection,” 23 Environmental and Planning Law Journal 5-21 (2006).

"Water Quality Today: Has the Clean Water Act Been a Success?," 55 Alabama Law Review 537-593 (2004) [reprinted in 36 Land Use & Environment Law Review 543-614 (2005)].

"The Evolution of Water Pollution Control in the United States: State, Local and Federal Efforts, 1789 “ 1972: Part I," 21 Stanford Environmental Law Journal 145-200 (2003).

"The Evolution of Water Pollution Control in the United States: State, Local and Federal Efforts, 1789" 1972: Part II, 21 Stanford Environmental Law Journal 215-294 (2003).

"Environmental Law and International Assistance: The Challenge of Strengthening Environmental Law in the Developing World," 25 Columbia Journal of Environmental Law 17-69 (2000).

"Alabama Water Law" in Volume 4 of WATERS AND WATER RIGHTS (Kelley ed., LexisNexis, 2012,) and Volume 6 of WATERS AND WATER RIGHTS (1994 and 2005) (Beck, ed., Lexis Nexis), and Annual Supplements 1996-2004;2007-2009.

"The Evolving Law of Environmental Protection in the United States: 1970-1991," 9 Environmental and Planning Law Journal 96-110 (1992).

"Administrative Rulemaking in the United States: An Examination of the Values that Have Shaped the Process," 66 Canberra Bulletin of Public Administration 112-118 (October 1991).

"In Pursuit of NEPA's Promise: The Role of Executive Oversight in the Implementation of Environmental Policy," 64 Indiana Law Journal 205-261 (1989) [reprinted in 21 Land Use and Environmental Law Review 559-615 (1990)].

"Beyond Words of Exhortation: The Congressional Prescription for Vigorous Federal Enforcement of the Clean Water Act, 55 George Washington Law Review 202-261 (1987).

"Defusing the 'Not in My Back Yard' Syndrome: An Approach to Federal Preemption of State and Local Impediments to the Siting of PCB Disposal Facilities," 63 North Carolina Law Review 811-847 (1985).