Cruden Examines Technological Transformation & the Law in 2018 Fedder Lecture

On November 16, John Cruden delivered the annual Fedder Lecture at the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law titled, “Transformation and Disruption in Environmental Law.”

Reviewing centuries of history, Cruden argued that we are now in what German professor Klaus Schwab has described as a “fourth industrial revolution” where technology is fundamentally changing the way we live and work. Cruden, who was the head of the Justice Department’s Environment and Natural Resources Division during the Obama administration, explored the profound implications of this transformation for law and the environment. Contrasting the role of technology in the accident that caused the Deepwater Horizon oil spill with its intentional misuse in the Volkwagen emissions cheating scandal, Cruden argued that environmental law must adapt to technological change through “bottom up” approaches that mobilize public concern.

A video of Cruden’s lecture may be viewed online:

The Fedder Lecture was followed by the Environmental Law Program's annual alumni winetasting. Photos of the lecture and the winetasting are available here