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Professor Keith Hirokawa’s thought-provoking book examining nature as a “self-perpetuating and self-reinforcing social creation” is now available in paperback from Cambridge University Press.
Environmental Law and Contrasting Ideas of Nature: A Constructivist Approach, was first published in 2014. Albany Law School will celebrate the paperback edition with a special discussion and book signing on Wednesday, April 13, 2016, featuring Professor Hirokawa and contributing author Professor Rik Scarce of Skidmore College. A reception will follow.
The book, edited by Professor Hirokawa, drew praise ahead of its initial release.
“Every chapter in this volume reminds us that nature is not the world without humans, it is a part of the world humans construct through law and other social institutions,” said J.B. Ruhl, co-director of Vanderbilt University Law School’s Energy, Environment and Land Use Program. “[T]he authors zero in on one central question in that respect: Do we have the best blueprint for our construction of nature? … This collection of essays offers a bounty of fresh, innovative, and insightful expositions on that immensely important question. It will change the way you think law should think about nature.”
The paperback edition can be purchased
from Cambridge University Press’ website,
Amazon.com, and other retailers.
Prof. Hirokawa joined Albany Law School in 2009, bringing a philosophy of teaching “from the dirt” with his students out in the community and learning on site. His students have examined files for a 60-acre development seeking approval, conducted simulated third-party negotiations at a local town hall, and collected data on indicator species — bugs — while examining a New York state program reliant on citizen monitoring. Last semester, his environmental law students
visited at a job site of local developer Mark Van Vleck.
Prof. Hirokawa teaches courses involving environmental and natural resources law, land use planning, property law, and jurisprudence. His scholarship has explored convergences in ecology, ethics, economics, and law, with particular attention given to local environmental law, ecosystem services policy, watershed management, and environmental impact analysis.
He has written dozens of professional and scholarly articles, and co-edited the books
Greening Local Government: Legal Strategies for Promoting Sustainability, Efficiency, and Fiscal Savings (American Bar Association, 2013) and
Rethinking Sustainability to Meet the Climate Change Challenge (Environmental Law Institute, 2015).
Prof. Hirokawa earned his J.D. and master's degrees from the University of Connecticut, and his LL.M. from Lewis and Clark Law School.