Alex W. Smith Professor of Law
B.A., J.D.,Yale University
Natural Resources Law
Peter A. Appel joined the University of Georgia School of Law faculty in 1997 and teaches in the areas of property, natural resources law and environmental law. In 2011, he was named the Alex W. Smith Professor of Law.
Appel’s research spans three primary areas: the use of law to promote sustainable commerce, wilderness preservation and the courts, and more traditional doctrinal scholarship in environmental and natural resources law. His work has appeared in the Stanford Environmental Law Journal (forthcoming 2010), the Boston College Environmental Affairs Review, the Minnesota Law Review, the Washington University Law Quarterly and the Encyclopedia of the Supreme Court of the United States (Macmillan Reference, 2008). In addition to these articles focusing on the environmental and natural resources areas, Appel has addressed more traditional topics in property law such as the rule against perpetuities (Journal of Legal Education, 2004), Roman law and its relation to American civil procedure (Georgia Journal of International and Comparative Law, 2002) and the role of the entailment in Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice (Law and Literature Association of Australia Conference, November 2002).
In addition to his teaching at UGA, Appel has also served as an instructor to senior members of federal agencies. He has been invited to train federal wilderness managers at the Arthur Carhart National Wilderness Training Center, a facility in Missoula, Mont., run jointly by all federal agencies responsible for wilderness management. He also taught environmental laws and regulations to employees of the United States Army Corps of Engineers.
Appel developed a practical understanding of environmental issues through his six years of service as an attorney with the Environment and Natural Resources Division of the U.S. Department of Justice. Prior to holding that position, he clerked for Chief Judge Gilbert S. Merritt of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit.
From 1999 to 2001, Appel served as a Lilly Teaching Fellow at the University of Georgia. The campus-wide program offers support and discussion to a select few UGA professors who show strong promise in both teaching and scholarship. Lilly Fellows also receive funds to develop new instructional programs over their two-year fellowship.
Appel earned his bachelor's and law degrees from Yale University, where he served on the notes editing committee of the Yale Law Journal and was a member of the Yale Law and Policy Review.
Sustainable Commerce: Private Ordering Systems Enable Multi-National Businesses to Craft CSR Programs Which Enhance Corporate Profitability, Minimize Environmental Impacts, and Control Corporate Risk, 21 Ind. Int'l & Comp. L. Rev. ___ (forthcoming) (with T.R. Irvin).
Sustainable Commerce, Corporate Governance, and the International Market, 39 Denv. J. Int'l L. & Pol'y ___ (forthcoming) (with T.R. Irvin).
Wilderness, the Courts, and the Effect of Politics on Judicial Decionmaking, 35 Harv. Envtl. L. Rev. 275 (2011).
Wilderness and the Courts, 29 Stan. Envtl. L.J. 62 (2010).
Sustainable Commerce: Public Health Law and Environmental Law Provide Tools for Industry and Government to Construct Globally-Competitive Green Economies, 33 S. Ill. U. L.J. 367 (2009) (with T.R. Irvin).
Kyoto Comes to Georgia: How International Environmental Initiatives Foster Sustainable Commerce in Small Town America, 36 Ga. J. Int'l & Comp. L. 559 (2008) (with T.R. Irvin, J. McEntire and J.C. Rabon).
Changing Intellectual Property and Corporate Legal Structures to Promote the U.S. Environmental Management and Technology Systems Industry, 35 B.C. Envtl. Aff. L. Rev. 397 (2008).
The Embarrassing Rule Against Perpetuities, 54 J. Legal Educ. 264 (2004).
The Power of Congress "Without Limitation" in the Twenty-First Century, 24 Pub. Land & Resources L. Rev. 25 (2004).
The Diligent Prosecution Bar to Citizen Suits: The Search for Adequate Representation, 10 Wid. L. Symp. J. 91 (2003).
Intervention in Roman Law: A Case Study in the Hazards of Legal Scholarship, 31 Ga. J. Int'l & Comp. L. 33 (2002).
Federalism in Environmental Protection, 23 Just. Sys. J. 25 (2002).
The Power of Congress "Without Limitation:" The Property Clause and Federal Regulation of Private Property, 86 Minn. L. Rev. 1 (2001).
Intervention in Public Law Litigation: The Environmental Paradigm, 78 Wash. U. L.Q. 215 (2000).
A Reply to Professor Tobias. 78 Wash. U. L.Q. 319 (2000).
The Ongoing Role of Alternative Dispute Resolution in Federal Government Litigation, 27 U. Tol. L. Rev. 805 (1996) (with Peter R. Steenland Jr.).
Note, Administrative Procedure and the IRS: Delimiting the Substantial Understatement Penalty, 98 Yale L.J. 1435 (1989).
“Public Regulatory Encouragement to the Adoption of PrivateOrdering Systems to Achieve Environmental Protection Through Sustainable Commerce” in Corporate Governance After the Financial Crisis (Edward Elgar Publishing, Forthcoming 2012) (with Dr. T. Rick Irvin (J.D.’08)).
"The Louisiana Purchase and the Lewis and Clark Expedition: A Constitutional Moment?" in Lewis and Clark: Legacies, Memories, and New Perspectives.(Kris Fresonke & Mark Spence eds., University of California Press, 2004).
Hawaii Housing Authority v. Midkiff, 2 Encyclopedia of the Supreme Court of the United States 399 (2008).
Public Lands, 4 Encyclopedia of the Supreme Court of the United States 152 (2008).
"Program Needed for Sustainable Commerce in State", Atlanta Journal-Constitution, April 30, 2009, page A15 (with T.R. Irvin).
"Water Wars—Will Georgia, Alabama and Florida Ever Agree?", Advocate, Vol. 42, No. 2 (Spring/Summer 2007), pp. 10-14.
"Are They Swaying Judges?", Legal Times, August 1, 2005.
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