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Human Rights Implications of the Kiobel v. Royal Dutch Petroleum Decision
Please join us on Tuesday, April 23, 2013 from 12-1pm ET for an online briefing to examine the implications of the Kiobel v. Royal Dutch Petroleum U.S. Supreme Court decision and how it may impact future human rights cases.
- Paul Hoffman, Lead Counsel for the Plaintiffs
- Katie Redford, Co-Founder and U.S. Office Director of EarthRights International; Adjunct Professor at American University Washington College of Law
- Prof. Diane Orentlicher, American University Washington College of Law
- Moderator, Hadar Harris, Executive Director of the Center for Human Rights and Humanitarian Law at American University Washington College of Law
This event is co-sponsored by the Center for Human Rights & Humanitarian Law and the Program on International & Comparative Environmental Law at American University Washington College of Law, and the Columbia Law School Human Rights Institute.
DC Area Events
DC Environmental Network's Climate Update and Networking Opportunity
Thursday, May 2 at Noon
DC Environmental Network/Global Green USA (1100 15th Street, 11th Floor)
The DC Environmental Network invites DC-area based environmentalists to its monthly brown-bag discussion to hear about local, ongoing campaigns and programs to improve the environment.
Tom Carlson, Maryland Campaign Director, Chesapeake Climate Action Network (CCAN), who will discuss a loophole in DC's Renewable Portfolio Standard that treats dirty energy like clean energy.
Ashley Gardana, Center for Biological Diversity (and WCL alumna), who wil discuss the successful campaign and efforts to convince the DC Council to pass a resolution urging President Obama and the U.S. EPA to use the Clean Air Act to reduce carbon emissions in the District and across the country.
Jeanne Braha, Program Officer, Koshland Science Museum, National Academy of Sciences, who will give an update on the District's participation in the Climate and Urban Systems Partnership to develop and implement a network of climate-education focused organizations.
The Future of Standing in Environmental Cases: Trends in the D.C. Circuit and Beyond
Wednesday, May 15 from 12-1:30 pm
Environmental Law Institute (2000 L Street NW, Suite 20036)
Register now to attend this ELI Professional Practice Seminar. The doctrine of "standing" determines whether any potential plaintiff, from an environmental NGO to a regulated company, can be heard in federal court. But applying the seemingly straightforward elements of "injury in fact," "causation," and "redress" that define Article III constitutional shanding has often proven vexing for courts and litigants alike. Over the last year, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, the second-most important court in the nation, has issued a number of dispositive rulings on standing in environmental cases. For example, the court has rejected: two industry challenges to federal agency actions bearing on Clean Water Act jurisdiction; an animal welfare group's challenge to the treatment of Asian elephants by a circus; industry challenges to EPA's "timing" and "tailoring" determinations in the blockbuster greenhouse gas regulation cases; and industry arguments against EPA's approval of an ethanol-gasoline blend ("E15"). Is the standing doctrine shifting in ways requiring practitioners to adjust their pleadings? What pitfalls should environmental practitioners be careful to avoid? How, if at all, do the elements of standing change in the context of climate litigation? ELI invites you to join a panel of legal experts who will take stock of standing jurisprudence in the DC Circuit. They will also offer thoughts on how standing in the DC Circuit may differ from that in other courts, and on what we might expect from the Supreme Court in light of Clapper v. Amnesty International.
- F. William Brownell, Partner, Hunton & Williams (moderator)
- Amanda Leiter, Associate Professor, American University Washington College of Law
- Thomas Lorenzen, Assistant Section Chief, Environment & Natural Resources Division, Department of Justice
- Roger R. Martella, Jr., Partner, Sidley Austin LLP
- Allison Zieve, Director, Litigation Group, Public Citizen
To attend, please visit the registration website. The cost of attending is $119 for non-ELI members and $69 for ELI members, government, and public interest. CLE credit is available.
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