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Seminar Topical Research Guides: Biodiversity Law

LAW REVIEWS AND JOURNALS

HeinOnline offers several additional scholarly journals dedicated to conservation and animal law (available on campus or remotely with ASURITE).

Animal Law
Published by Northwestern School of Law, this title features scholarly materials on general animal law topics such as managing infrastructure to protect endangered species.

Arizona Journal of Environmental Law and Policy
This journal from the University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law explores the impacts of environmental degradation on biodiversity and social wellbeing.

Columbia Journal of Environmental Law
Recent topics in this journal from Columbia Law School include the effectiveness of the Endangered Species Act and improving programs that enable developers to offset their harm to biodiversity by making other improvements.

Ecology Law Quarterly
This publication from the University of Berkeley School of Law includes critiques of legal efforts to protect biodiversity.

Harvard Environmental Law Review
This highly respected publication examines the impact of efforts to preserve public lands and to manage threatened wildlife populations.

Journal of Animal and Natural Resource Law
This journal from Michigan State University College of Law examines the impact of natural resources law on animal populations such as migratory birds, and efforts to reintroduce animals to ecosystems.

Journal of International Wildlife Law & Policy
Dedicated to international and foreign legal regimes governing wildlife and their habitat.

Pace Environmental Law Review
This journal from a top-ranked environmental law school includes critiques of legal regimes' impact on biodiversity and efforts to preserve endangered species and habitat.

Virginia Environmental Law Journal 
This publication from the University of Virginia includes discussions of extinction and efforts to preserve individual species.

Washington Journal of Environmental Law and Policy
This journal from the University of Washington School of Law includes recent articles on endangered fish and promotion of biodiversity in national forests.

ASK A LAW LIBRARIAN

The reference librarians at the Ross-Blakley Law Library are happy to help you find or navigate research resources. 

Librarians are available 9am-4pm Monday-Thursday and 9am-2pm on Friday by phone or by email.

Reference: (480) 965-7161
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TEXTS AND TREATISES

Lyster's Inernational Wildlife Law (Michael Bowman et. al, 2010)
Examines the development of international regimes governing wildlife and individual species, as well as the development of regulation of wildlife through the paradigm of promoting biodiversity.

Modern Public Land Law in a Nutshell (Robert L. Glicksman, 2019)
Discusses the authority different levels of government, from the state legislatures to the federal judiciary, exercise over public land. Analyzes the legal regimes governing water, minerals, grazing land, timberland, and wildlife. Also available on West Academic (login required).

Sustainability and the Rights of Nature: An Introduction (Cameron La Follette & Chris Maser, 2017)
Discussing the emerging concept of the natural world’s legal rights to prevent overdevelopment and addressing challenges for incorporating such rights into present legal systems.

Wildlife Law and the Empowerment of the Poor
Examining the social implications of wildlife management policy, including the rights to use wildlife for sustenance and economic benefit.

Wildlife Law: A Primer (Eric T. Freyfogle & Dale Goble, 2020)
Summarizing issues such as animals’ state ownership, the law governing wildlife on private and federal lands, state game laws, the Endangered Species Act, and biodiversity.

INTERDISCIPLINARY DATABASES

CAB Abstracts Archive (available on campus or remotely through ASURITE)
Historical materials concerning topics such as forestry and natural resource conservation. 

Environment Complete (available on campus or remotely through ASURITE)
Scholarly commentary on topics including natural resource management and life sciences.

Oxford Bibliographies: Ecology (available on campus or remotely through ASURITE)
International expert materials on the role of life in nature and the economy.

WEB RESOURCES AND BLOGS

Bloomberg Law News: Fish and Wildlife
Updates on legal issues related to wildlife and habitat development.

International Institute for Environment and Development
Commentary on international aspects of topics related to wildlife and other aspects of natural resource law from an organization committed to fostering a “more sustainable world.”

Scientific American: Extinction Countdown
Tracking the science and policy of endangered and threatened animals and plants.

Teaching Wildlife Law
This blog from University of Illinois College of Law professor Eric T. Freyfogle tracks developments in environmental law and other provisions governing wildlife in the United States.

Top 25 Wildlife Conservation Blogs and Websites
Includes mostly resources from groups dedicated to wildlife preservation.

World Wildlife Fund
The organization dedicated to preservation of nature and wildlife presents commentary on issues such as forestry, sustainable commodities, and food sources.

ARIZONA REGULATION

Arizona Administrative Code: Title 12
Regulates wildlife as well as water and energy natural resources, as well as some subsurface resources.

Arizona Department of Environmental Quality
Includes information on the environmental aspects on natural resource extraction and protection.

Arizona Department of Forestry and Fire Management
Provides news, as well as information on state forest management and wildfire suppression. 

Arizona Game and Fish Department
Manages hunting and fishing rights as well as wildlife preservation and outdoor recreation programs.

Arizona Oil and Gas Conservation Commission
Provides rules and regulations for energy-resource exploration as well as permits, forms, and information on meetings and existing oil wells.

Arizona Revised Statutes: Title 37 – Public Lands
These statutes govern use of public lands and urban development in Arizona.

Arizona State Land Department
More than 40 percent of Arizona’s land is government owned. The Arizona State Land Department oversees a portion of that in state trust to be distributed for purposes the state constitution indicates. Includes information on permits and pricing plans for various land uses and development activities. Also includes a Natural Resources Division to monitor and coordinate grazing, protect wildlife and cultural resources, mitigating development projects, managing trespassing, and contributing to water management.

FEDERAL REGULATION

Code of Federal Regulations
Title 50
 of these executive provisions regulates wildlife and fisheries.

Fed Center: Natural Resources
Provides information on conservation of natural resources and compliance with rules and regulations for federal facilities in managing resources including animal habitats.

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
Regulating ocean use, including fisheries regulations and permitting. Also assesses the damage to natural resources from events such as oil spills.

U.S. Bureau of Land Management: Arizona
Arizona contains more than 12 million acres of public land that the bureau manages. Its website includes information on recreation permits and prohibited activities.

U.S. Department of Agriculture: Natural Resource Conservation Service
Programs such as landscape planning and financial assistance for farmers’ sustainability efforts help protect plants, wildlife, soil, air, and other natural resources.

United States Code
Title 16 of the United States Code concerns conservation of wildlife and their habitats, as well as provisions to protect natural resources that they need. It includes the Endangered Species Act.