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William L. Andreen

William L. Andreen is the Edgar L. Clarkson Professor of Law at the University of Alabama School of Law.

During the Spring of 1991, he served as a Visiting Fellow in the Law Faculty at the Australian National University. In 2005, he served as a Visiting Professor at Washington and Lee University School of Law (spring), and as a Fulbright Senior Scholar in Law at the Australian National University (fall). He also has an appointment as an Adjunct Professor of Law at the AustralianNationalUniversity (2006-2009). 

Professor Andreen has taught courses in Administrative Law, Environmental Law, Torts, International Environmental Law, and Public International Law.

While in academia, Professor Andreen has consulted on matters of international environmental law and policy for various governmental and non-governmental organizations, including the National Environment Management Council of Tanzania, the Swedish International Development Authority, the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia, the governments of Moldova and Trinidad and Tobago, and the ABA's Central and East European Law Initiative. He has been a faculty member in a Joint Legal Education Development Project at the Law Faculty, Mekelle University in Ethiopia. He has also taught Comparative Environmental Law at the University of Fribourg in Switzerland and at the Australian National University, where he has also taught graduate courses in U.S. Administrative Law and U.S. Environmental Law. He served for two years as the co-chair of the Alabama Environmental Management Commission, Enforcement and Administrative Penalties Advisory Committee, and has been invited to participate in a range of colloquia, symposia, advisory committees, and study commissions on various environmental issues. He served as President of the Alabama Rivers Alliance from 1998 to 2001 and is currently Of Counsel, and served as Vice President of the Tuscaloosa Audubon Society from 1993 to 1995.

Professor Andreen served as Assistant Regional Counsel for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Region IV, from 1979 to 1983, where he was the attorney with primary responsibility for defending litigation brought against the Agency in the region. Before joining the EPA staff, he was an Associate at Haas, Holland, Lipshutz, Levison & Gibert, in Atlanta, Georgia, where he dealt with a variety of state and federal litigation in the areas of employment, constitutional law, environmental law, commercial law, corporate law, torts, and property.

Professor Andreen has published numerous chapters and articles on topics including water pollution control, environmental law in the developing world, water law, environmental impact assessment, hazardous waste liability, environmental enforcement, federalism in environmental law, administrative rulemaking, and ocean incineration of hazardous waste. He has published in Australia, Tanzania, as well as in the United States, where his articles have appeared in such reviews as the Stanford Environmental Law Journal, the Columbia Journal of Environmental Law, the Indiana Law Journal, the George Washington Law Review, the Alabama Law Review, the North Carolina Law Review, the Pace Environmental Law Review, and the Environmental Law Reporter. On four occasions, his articles have either been reprinted or selected as a finalist for publication in the Land Use and Environment Law Review (which reprints the articles selected as the best land use and environmental law articles of the preceding year). He  contributed a chapter entitled “Delegated Federalism versus Devolution: Some Insights from the History of Water Pollution Control” which appears in the Cambridge University Press book, Preemptive Choice: The Theory, Law and Reality of Federalism’s Core Question. He was editor of the 1990 edition of Environmental Law and Regulation In Alabama, published by Bradley Arant Rose & White and is the editor of the forthcoming Alabama Water Law Handbook (Alabama Law Institute).

Professor Andreen is the former Chair of the Environmental Law Section of the Association of American Law Schools; a member of the Commission on Environmental Law of the World Conservation Union (IUCN); and is the founder and Director of the University of Alabama School of Law/Australian National University Law Faculty's Reciprocal Summer School Program.

He is a graduate of the College of Wooster and Columbia University School of Law.

William Andreen
The University of Alabama School of Law
Tuscaloosa, AL


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