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WCL Alumnus Named Committee Chair for World Water Congress

Alumnus Gabriel Eckstein ('95, LL.M '97) was appointed Chair of the International Scientific Committee for the XVI World Water Congress. MORE

ELS Hosts Brown-Bag Lunches with Practitioners

Addie Haughey and Katie Redford led ELS hosted brown-bag lunch discussions on environmental law and careers. MORE

PICEL Attends World Bank Spring Meetings

In mid-April, PICEL staff & students attended the World Bank Spring Meetings and co-hosted accountability discussion. MORE

SDLP Hosts COP21 Founder's Event

On April 13, SDLP hosted a Founder's Event looking ahead from COP21 and where we go from here. MORE

IISCAL Hosts Bogota Workshop

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

Third Annual Environment & Energy Mentoring Session

On March 22, the Environment & Energy Faculty Practice Group held its third annual mentoring session for students. 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!