Skip Navigation

Website Sections


Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill IRP Reading Group

Throughout the fall 2010 semester, Professor Betsy Baker is hosting a Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill Independent Research Project (IRP) Reading Group where students, faculty, and staff come together and discuss current oil spill legal scholarship and explore opportunities for students’ independent research projects.


Wednesday, September 6, 2010
Eaton House, 5:15 - 6:45 p.m.

Betsy Baker
Discuss two CRS reports:
C. L. Hagerty, J. L. Ramseur, Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill: Selected Issues for Congress, May 27, 2010, Congressional Research Service, 7-5700 R41262
Robert Meltz, "Federal Civil and Criminal Penalties Possibly Applicable to Parties Responsible for the Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill," August 16, 2010, Congressional Research Service, 7-5700 R41370.

Thursday, September 16, 2010
Eaton House, 5:15 - 6:45 p.m.

Betsy Baker
Selected oil and gas legislation: existing and proposed, focusing on prescriptive vs. adaptive or goal-oriented regulation. Readings posted on TWEN.

Wednesday, September 29, 2010
Eaton House, 5:15 - 6:45 p.m.

Bill Pederson and Perkins Cole
Jody Freeman, NYT, The Good Driller Award; Bill Pedersen’s unpublished response. For these and other readings see TWEN site, accessible to all.

Thursday, October 14, 2010
Eaton House, 5:15 - 6:45 p.m.

Richard Brooks
Draft article for Albany Law Review re: the spill and technology, including the Technology Assessment Act. Participants are asked to provide comments and feedback on the article at the group meeting. If you plan to attend, please contact Prof. Betsy Baker for a copy of Professor Brooks’ draft article.

Thursday, October 28, 2010
Eaton House, 5:15 - 6:45 p.m.

Pat Parenteau
“Kicking the Habit” – readings TBA, covering peakoil, the climate crisis, and fast tracking alternatives.

Friday, November 12, 2010
Hoff Lounge, 4 - 5:15 p.m.

Betsy Baker, Kinvin Wroth, and marine law faculty from Maine, Massachusetts and Rhode Island
“Teaching the Spill” –Professors Baker and Wroth are hosting a day-long meeting of New England and Maritime Provinces colleagues who teach marine law and policy. Reading Group members and the VLS Community are invited to attend the “spill” session at 4:00-5:15 p.m.

Wednesday, December 1 or Thursday December 2, 2010
Eaton House, 5:15-6:45 p.m.

IRP Authors
IRP authors will present their papers as works in progress.

PDF IconDownload the schedule