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Professor Hymel Addresses International Environmental Tax Conference

As nations around the world grapple with environmental challenges within and across their borders, scholars are working to identify new policy vehicles to help governments meet their environmental objectives. Mona Hymel, the Arthur W. Andrews Professor of Law at the University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law, recently addressed the Tenth Annual Global Conference on Environmental Taxation to speak about U.S. climate change policies as well as the emerging viability of a federal water trading scheme. The conference was held in late September in Lisbon, Portugal.

Professor Hymel was selected by an internationally competitive process to make two presentations. The first, Climate Change Management in the United States Post Bush: Focusing on Fiscal and Economic Policy, explores the differences in environmental policy objectives between the Bush administration and Obama administration, and the extent to which Obama has acted on 2008 campaign promises related to environmental policy. The second dealt with national water trading schemes, contrasting U.S. and Australian experiences.

Considered one of the country’s top experts in environmental tax policy, Professor Hymel is a frequent presenter at both domestic and international conferences, and widely published in law and tax journals. At the James E. Rogers College of Law, she teaches courses on U.S. Federal Tax; Partnership Tax; Trusts and Estates; Corporate Tax; and Accounting and Finance for Lawyers.

The Annual Global Conference on Environmental Taxation focuses on issues involved in creating and implementing environmentally related taxes. They provide a forum for scholars from a variety of disciplines, including law, economics, international relations, and the natural sciences. Policymakers representing national governments, with non-profit and corporate leaders, also attend to exchange the latest research on environmentally related taxes and other market-based instruments designed to advance environmental policy objectives. Proceedings are later shared in a series of papers – Critical Issues in Environmental Taxation – published by Oxford University Press. The Conference does not endorse or advance a particular environmental agenda, but rather looks at the practices that will assist nations in promoting their own objectives.


Posted:10/07/2009