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2008 Summer Environmental Law Lecture

American University Washington College of Law announces its 2016 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.

Registration for the 2015 Summer Session is now closed! We are in the process of planning the 2016 Summer Session. We will update this website, when we can. The 2016 schedule and application likely will be posted in late 2015 or early 2016. The information below can be used as a guide. If you have questions about the 2016 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 seminars were held during the 2015 Summer Session and may be offered again in 2016, though some changes are likely to occur. Please check back for updates!

  • International Business and the Environment, Russ LaMotte;
  • International Biodiversity and Wildlife Law, David Downes;
  • International Institutions and Environmental Protection, David Hunter;
  • Environmental Compliance and Enforcement, Kenneth Markowitz;
  • Human Rights and Environment in Latin America, Astrid Puentes
  • International Climate Change Negotiations and Law, Steve Porter;
  • Development Finance and the Environment, Charles Di Leva; and
  • 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 is frequently held in the final week of the summer session, 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 2015 seminar. This seminar will have limited enrollment. More information will be available in early 2016, if you have any questions, 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:

Registration for Summer 2015 is closed and registration for Summer 2016 will likely be open in early 2016! If you have questions, 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 15, 2016.

Committee decisions will be made in early April 2016.

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).