Conferences

Throughout the year, the Environmental Law Program hosts (or co-hosts) various conferences related to environmental law. Below are pictures (or links to pictures) from those events. For more information about the events themselves, visit our Events page or contact us.

Corporate Liability for Human Rights Violations Outside the U.S.: A Day-After Assessment of the Kiobel v. Royal Dutch Petroleum Reargument

On October 2, PICEL along with EarthRights International, the WCL Center for Human Rights and Humanitarian Law, and the International Legal Studies Program hosted a discussion of the U.S. Supreme Court's rare rehearing of Kiobel v. Royal Dutch Petroleum (Shell), which happened the day before on October 1. The discussion centered on the arguments the day before and what the Court's decision may mean for the future of the Alien Tort Statute, which has been used to hold human rights violators accountable in U.S. courts for wrongs committed around the world. Pictures are below and there are more to come.

From left to right: Professor Steve Vladeck, WCL Associate Dean for Scholarship (moderator); Katie Redford, Co-Founder & U.S. Office Director of EarthRights International and WCL Adjunct Professor; Paul Hoffman, Lead Counsel for the Petitioners in Kiobel and partner, Schonbrun, De Simone, Seplaw, Harris, Hoffman & Harrison; John Bellinger, Former Legal Advisor to the U.S. Department of State and partner, Arnold & Porter; Andrew Grossman, litigator, BakerHostetler and legal fellow, the Heritage Foundation

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

At right, panelists and the audience listen to Katie Redford discuss the history of Alien Tort Statute (ATS) litigation and its importance, along with how she got involved in bringing suits in U.S. courts using the ATS.

 

 

 

 

 

Panelist listen to audience questions.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Road to Rio +20 and Beyond

On April 20, WCL along with the Center for International Environmental Law, the International Environmental Law Committee of the ABA's Section on International Law, the International Environmental Law Committee of the ABA's Section on Energy, Environment, and Resources, and the ASIL International Environmental Law Interest Group hosted a conference on where we've come since the 1992 Earth Summit and where we are going with Rio+20 and Beyond. Below are pictures from that event.

Professor David Hunter welcomes people to the conference and provides opening remarks about the 1992 Earth Summit and Rio+20.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

At right, panelists (from L-R) Claudia de Windt, Marcos Orellana, David Downes, Jacob Scherr, and Kim Smaczniak (moderator) in our first panel discuss the 1992 Earth Summit and the progress we've made or haven't made since signing the Rio Declaration in June 1992.

 

 

 

 

 

 

At left, panelists (from L-R) Niranjali Amerasinghe, Amy Fraenkel, Ken Markowitz, and Charles DiLeva discuss Rio+20 and where we are going beyond it and into the next 20 years of international environmental governance.