Professor Bill Andreen

Honorary Professor
BA College of Wooster (USA) and JD Columbia University School of Law

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In 1983, Professor Andreen joined the University of Alabama law faculty where he presently serves as the Edgar L Clarkson Professor of Law at The Australian National University he is Director of the Joint Summer School Project with ANU College of Law.


Professor Andreen is currently the Edgar L Clarkson Professor of Law at the University of Alabama and Director of the Joint Summer School Project with The Australian National University.

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 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.

Professor Andreen has served, or is serving, in a number of other capacities: Legal Advisor, National Environment Management Council of Tanzania (1994–96); past Chair, Environmental Law Section, American Association of Law Schools; Member 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 Committee, Alabama Environmental Management Commission (2005–06); Of Counsel, GASP (2009-present); and Board Member, Black Warrior Riverkeeper (2013–)

Recent news

Professor Bill Andreen
The ANU-Alabama Joint Summer Program started as the brainchild of two mates and has grown to become one of the most sought after law student exchanges.

Please note, only a small selection of recent publications and activities are listed below.

Research biography

Books & edited collections

  • ‘Alabama Water Law’ in Volume 4 of Waters and Water Rights (Kelley ed., LexisNexis, 2013).
  • ‘‘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 University 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).
  • 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).

Refereed journal articles

  • ‘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).
  • ‘Delegated Federalism Versus Devolution: Some Insights from the History of Water Pollution Control,’ inPreemption Choice: The Theory, Law, and Reality of Federalism’s Core Question 257–276 (Buzbee ed., Cambridge University Press, 2009).
  • ‘US Climate Legislation and Preemption,’ 3 Environmental & Energy Law & Policy Journal 261–302 (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).
  • ‘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 Review559–615 (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).

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