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2008 Summer Environmental Law Lecture

American University Washington College of Law announces its 2014 Summer Session on Environmental Law, providing law students, practitioners, and other environmental professionals and scholars with an opportunity for intensive environmental law training over a three-week period. Started in 2005, the Summer Session offers a broad range of seminars taught by leading practitioners from government, business, and non-governmental organizations.

The Environmental Law Summer Session can complement a summer internship in Washington, D.C. Both day and night seminars are available for participants to choose among.

Seminars in this Summer Session on Environmental Law can be taken for law school credit or for Continuing Legal Education (CLE) credit. A Certificate of Attendance will be presented to those who do not wish to take them for academic credit. The credits can also be used toward an LL.M. degree from the Washington College of Law.

The 2014 Summer Session is now complete. If you have questions about the 2014 offerings or are interested in applying for the 2015 Summer Session, please email us at:

Potential Seminar offerings:

The Summer Session on Environmental Law covers a wide-range of environmental law topics. The following are seminars scheduled to be held during the 2014 Summer Session. Schedules are subject to change. Please check back for updates!

  • International Business and the Environment, Jackson Morrill & Russ LaMotte;
  • International Biodiversity and Wildlife Law, David Downes;
  • International Institutions and Environmental Protection, David Hunter;
  • Environmental Compliance and Enforcement, Kenneth Markowitz;
  • Environmental Law and the U.S. Congress, Laurel Angell;
  • Hydraulic Fracturing ("Fracking") Law and Policy, Amanda Leiter
  • International Climate Change Negotiations and Law, Steve Porter;
  • Development Finance and the Environment, Charles Di Leva;
  • Trade and Environment in the Americas (see below); and
  • Human Rights and Environment in Latin America, Astrid Puentes

Special Seminar: Trade and Environment in the Americas
The Environmental Law Summer Session and the Organization of American States (OAS) will be holding a joint seminar on Trade and Environment during the 2014 Summer Session. The seminar, which will be held from June 16-20, consists of a series of modules taught by practitioners from government and non-governmental organizations throughout the Americas. The last day of this seminar will be a trade negotiation simulation exercise. Here is the agenda for last year's seminar. This seminar will have limited enrollment. For more information or questions about logistics including location, housing, etc., please email Erika Lennon. If you are from an OAS country, you may be eligible for a scholarship to attend this seminar. Information about the seminar is also available on the OAS Department of Sustainable Development website. This seminar can be taken in conjunction with other Summer Session seminars.

Related Seminar:

Post-Summer Session Seminar
June 23-July 28, MW 6-8:30pm

Registration for Summer 2014 is closed!

Scholarships - Summer Session

To apply please send a letter to addressed to Professor David Hunter, Director, Summer Session on Environmental Law, explaining why you would like to attend the program and in which seminars you are most interested. Also, please attach a copy of your curriculum vitae. The deadline for applying for a scholarship is March 15, 2015.

Committee decisions will be made in early April 2015.

For further information, please e-mail:

David Hunter
Program Director
Summer Session on Environmental Law
Washington College of Law
American University
4801 Massachusetts Avenue, NW
Washington, D.C., 20016
Tel: 202-274-4289
Fax: 202-274-4226

CLE varies by seminar. You can potentially earn up to 12 CLE Credits Per Seminar (14 if NY).