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2008 Summer Environmental Law Lecture

American University Washington College of Law announces its 2017 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 to four-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 2017 Summer Session will be held from May 30 to June 30, 2017. More information about what seminars will be offered, the schedule of seminars, etc. can be found in the Calendar of Seminars listing. If you have questions about the 2017 Summer Session, please email us at:

Current Seminar offerings:

The Summer Session on Environmental Law covers a wide-range of environmental law topics. The following seminars are to be held during 2017 Summer Session, however it may change. We will update this with any changes soon as the information is available!

  • International Business and the Environment, Russ LaMotte;
  • International Biodiversity and Wildlife Law, David Downes;
  • International Institutions and Environmental Protection, David Hunter;
  • Derechos Humanos y Medio Ambiente en America Latina, Astrid Puentes (offered in Spanish)
  • Development Finance and the Environment, Charles Di Leva
  • Marine Conservation Law and Policy, Eric Bilsky
  • Trade and Environment in the Americas (see below)

Special Seminar: Trade and Environment in the Americas
Since 2011, the Environmental Law Summer Session and the Organization of American States (OAS) have held a joint seminar on Trade and Environment during the Summer Session. The seminar, which will be held from June 26-30, 2017, consists of a series of modules taught by practitioners from government and non-governmental organizations throughout the Americas. The seminar concludes with a trade negotiation simulation exercise. Here is the agenda for the 2017 seminar. This seminar will have limited enrollment. More information about the 2017 agenda will be available closer to the summer session. If you have any questions, please email us. 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. The link to the scholarship can be found at OAS Scholarships.

Trade and Environment Seminar- Modules and Readings for 2017. Updated readings will be added the week of June 19th.

Registration for Summer 2017 is now open! If you have questions about participating in the Summer Session, please email!

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 to apply is March 17, 2017.

Committee decisions will be made in early April 2017.

For further information, please e-mail:

David Hunter
Program Director
Summer Session on Environmental Law
Washington College of Law
American University
4300 Nebraska Avenue, NW
Suite Y360
Washington, D.C., 20016
Tel: 202-274-4289

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