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First Ever Summer Session Visit to the GEF

On June 16, the Summer Session participants met with Peter Lallas at the GEF to learn about their work. MORE

Summer Session Learns About the CAO

On June 15, Summer Session site visits continued with our annual trip to the CAO. MORE

CIEL Welcomes Summer Session Seminar

On June 14, CIEL President Carroll Muffett, Carla Garcia Zendejas (LL.M '97), and Steven Feit discussed working at an NGO. MORE

WCL Alums at Beveridge & Diamond Meet Summer Session Participants

On June 10, Paul Hagen ('90) & Tim Serie ('01) gave summer session participants a glimpse into working at an environmental law firm. MORE

ILSP Alumna Welcomes Summer Session Participants at OAS

On June 6, Claudia de Windt (LL.M '01) met with Summer Session participants at the OAS Department of Sustainable Development. MORE

Summer Session Participants Visit World Bank Inspection Panel

On June 3, participants in both the Environmental Law & PIOLD Summer Sessions visit the Inspection Panel. MORE

Summer Session Kicks Off with UN Special Rapporteur on Human Rights & Toxics

On June 2, Baskut Tuncak discussed his work as Special Rapporteur with our Environmental Law Summer Session. MORE

IISCAL Hosts Bogota Workshop

From March 28-31, IISCAL hosted a workshop on Chinese environmental and social guidelines with partners in Bogota. MORE


Program on International and Comparative Environmental Law

Welcome to the Environmental Law Program at WCL! The environmental law program encompasses both domestic and international environmental law and provides students with the opportunity to engage in environmental law through classes, research projects, events, international conferences, and externships at DC based government agencies or non-governmental organizations, amongst other things. Since 1990, the Environmental Law Program has continued to grow and has trained environmental lawyers and advocates now working in government, NGOs, and private practice around the world.

Students have the opportunity to choose their environmental law path based on the offerings of our environmental law curriculum. The curriculum also includes an Environmental Law Specialization in the International Legal Studies and Law and Government LL.M. Programs. Full-time and adjunct faculty represent leading environmental lawyers in the Washington, DC area and provide the students with the opportunity to learn from people with a wide-range of expertise in both international and domestic law. Furthermore students can gain practical experience through our Environmental Advocacy Externship Program. The Environmental Law Program also supports students participating in environmental law moot court competitions.

Opportunities in Environmental Law at WCL

WCL Students at the World
Bank Annual Meetings.

Located in Washington, DC, WCL's Environmental Law Program is able to engage in the wider environmental law community by holding conferences and participating in outside events like the World Bank Annual Meetings. Additionally, students have many opportunities to interact with lawyers and the greater environmental law community in DC, including through our Joint Partnership with the Center for International Environmental Law (CIEL). Learn more about the opportunities the Environmental Law Program offers from students who have participated by watching this Video!

Find out more about the current activities of the Environmental Law Program in our Recent News Section!

Summer Session in Environmental Law

Since 2005, the Environmental Law Program has held a Summer Session in Environmental Law that brings together law students and practitioners from around the country and the world to engage in three to four weeks of intense study on a variety of topics in environmental law, including seminars related to climate change, environmental compliance and enforcement, international institutions, biodiversity, human rights, fracking, and trade, amongst others.

Summer Session Participants at the IFC.

Student-Run Opportunities

The Environmental Law Program supports both a student-run advocacy group and a publication that focuses on environmental issues:
Environmental Law Society
Sustainable Development Law & Policy Publication

Podcast LogoThe Hot Air Show

The Environmental Law Program and the American Bar Association's Energy and Environmental Markets and Finance Committee host an episodal podcast that is taped at WCL and features panelists who work in government, law firms, private industry, and non-governmental organizations. If you want information about the show, including guests, topics, and how to listen visit the Hot Air Show podcast.

For More Information:

If you want more information about the Environmental Law Program, please e-mail us, download our brochure, or watch this video!

The WCL Team in the International Finals
of the 2010-2011 Stetson International
Environmental Moot Court Competition.

WCL students and staff with CIEL
attorney at UNFCCC COP-16.

Explore all of the opportunities, programs, and events that the
Program on International and Comparative Environmental Law has to offer!