Our upcoming events and upcoming events in the D.C. area are listed below. For information about past events, including webcasts and podcasts, please visit our past events section. View our Recent News page and our Photo Gallery for recaps and photos of recent events.

Events at American University Washington College of Law

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Cooling off from COP21: Where do we go from here?

Wednesday, April 13 from 2-6:30pm
Room NT01 (Warren Building Ceremonial Classroom)

Four months ago, 195 countries met in Paris for the 21st Conference of the Parties to the UNFCCC and decided on the Paris Agreement. Now, four months after Paris, the Sustainable Development Law & Policy Brief and the Environmental Law Society are hosting an event to discuss and debate the impacts and future of the Climate Agreement. We will explore several topics including how the agreement is being implemented both domestically and abroad,the impact the agreementhas made on climate and energy policies, private interest reactions to the agreement, the prospect of all countries ratifying the agreement, and other relevant issues. We welcome students, practitioners, and all those interested to join us in this important discussion of our climate future.

The event will feature a panel discussion and a Keynote Address by Melanie Nakagawa ('05), Deputy Assistant Secretary for Energy Transformation, U.S. Department of State. It will be followed by a reception. Appetizers, light beverages, and a cash bar will be provided. Download the AGENDA.

For more information and to register, click HERE! Can't attend in person? Watch the livestream HERE!


ELS Brown Bag Lunch Series - Development, Human Rights, and the Environment

Thursday, April 14 from 12:30-1:30pm
Room Y115 (Yuma bldg)

Featured Speaker: Katie Redford, Co-founder and Director of EarthRights International
In its second brown bag lunch of the semester, ELS welcomes Ms. Katie Redford to join us to share her expertise in human rights and the environment through the work she does as the co-founder and Director of EarthRights International (ERI). ERI is a non-profit NGO that focuses on defending human rights and the environment around the world. Ms. Redford & ERI have worked extensively in Myanmar, the Mekong region, Peru, Ecuador, as well as many other countries around the world.

EarthRights International has utilized groundbreaking legal strategies to achieve corporate accountability for human rights and environmental atrocities. Some of the big cases they have litigated in U.S. Courts include: Doe v. Unocal (occurred in Burma), Wiwa v. Shell (occurred in Nigeria), Maynas v. Occidental Petroleum (occurred in Peru), Doe v. Chiquita (occurred in Colombia), Sahu v. Union Carbide (occurred in Bhopal, India), Indigenous Communities of the TIPNIS Reserve (occurred in Bolivia), Jam v. IFC (occurred in India). For more information on these cases, click here.

Ms. Redford will also share advice and job/internship searching tips with students who are interested in this area of law. 

Spring Hike

Sunday, April 17 (meet at 10am)
Banshee Rocks Nature Preserve, 21085 The Woods Rd., Leesburg, VA

ELS will be hosting a spring hike on April 17. All students, faculty, friends, family, significant others, and canine companions are welcome! This trip is not metro accessible, so please let us know if you have a car and are willing to carpool. Some students will be meeting at WCL at 9:00 AM to carpool to the Preserve. Following the hike, we will be visiting the Stone Tower Winery, also in Leesburg. Please RSVP to Caitlin at

Environmental Law Summer Session

From May 31 to June 24, we'll be holding our Environmental Law Summer Session! If you are interested in attending, visit our website.

DC Area Events

DC Green Scene

DC Green Scene is a new website that compiles energy and environment events in Washington, DC. They list policy seminars, conferences, congressional hearings, and media events happening here. Check out the DC Green Scene website!

DC Bar & ELI: Monthly Networking Event for Environmental Professionals

Wednesday, April 13, 5:30-7:30pm
Laughing Man Tavern (1306 G Street NW)

The D.C. Bar's Environment, Energy and Natural Resources Section and the Environmental Law Institute invite you to attend free networking events on the second Wednesday of every month. Please see below for the list of dates for this networking event! Light appetizers will be provided; other refreshments are at your own expense. Members and friends of both organizations are welcome! Attendees must be over 21 years of age. The event will be held in the Sideline Room of the Laughing Man Tavern, an area on the lower level and to the right when facing the bar. Nearest Metro Stations: Metro Center and McPherson Square. This is a free event, registration is required.

More Information: HERE

The Road from Paris to Transformation: Insights on Climate Finance from Public to Private Institutions

Thursday, April 14, 10am-12pm
Denton's US (1900 K Street NW)

The World Resources Institute (WRI) and Dentons invite you to a panel discussion on “The road from Paris to transformation: Insights on climate finance from public to private institutions.” The panel discussion will center on ways climate finance can be used to catalyze the necessary transformational change to address the urgent challenge of climate change. WRI’s newest working paper, “Transformational Climate Finance: An Exploration of Low Carbon Energy,” analyzes 20 case studies where there have been varying levels of success in transformative deployment of clean energy; recommendations from this paper will inform the discussion. Panelists will discuss what low carbon and climate resilient transformation can look like in a range of other sectors, and how climate finance is essential for the effective implementation of both the UNFCCC Paris Agreement and Sustainable Development Goals. The event will include a discussion on the role of various actors in accelerating this low carbon, climate-resilient transformation, including donors like the Green Climate Fund; recipient country governments; and private sector institutions. See the FLYER for more details.

RSVP today to Lee Hager at


Past Events

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