2016 Seminar Descriptions and Schedule

The following professional development seminars are currently scheduled to be offered during the 2016 Summer Session. However, the seminars are subject to change, as are dates and times. All changes will be posted as soon as we know them. Please email us at summerenvironment@wcl.american.edu if you have any questions or would like to be added to a list to receive updates about seminars and schedule.

10:00AM to 12:30PM
Tu., May 31-Fri., June 3
Mon., June 6-Fri., June 10
Mon., June 13-Fri., June 17
(3 week seminar)

International Institutions and Environmental Protection
David Hunter

This seminar focuses on public international environmental lawyering. It surveys international institutions, such as the World Bank and the United Nations Environment Programme, and how their policies and activities promote or impede environmental protection and sustainable development. In addition to lectures, this seminar includes site visits to various international institutions, law firms, and non-governmental organizations to meet with lawyers working in the field.

6:00 to 9:00 PM
Tu., May 31-Fri., June 3
(1 week seminar)

Development Finance and the Environment
Charles Di Leva

This seminar will examine the roles and responsibilities of international financial institutions toward the environment. Examination will begin by identifying different types of financial institutions and the types of financial instruments and flows that can impact on the environment, both positively and, if not done properly, negatively. Examination will focus on the types of policies and procedures that these institutions use to address environmental and social issues, and how they relate to compliance and accountability. Review will also include discussion of how institutions support the aims of multilateral environmental agreements. The principal focus will be the institutions of the World Bank Group, but will also include consideration of private sector financial institutions and other multilateral and bilateral organizations. The seminar will work through a practical example of how and what types of environmental and social policies should be applied to a large scale infrastructure project.

2:00 to 5:00 PM

(1 week seminar)

Environmental Law & the US Congress - TBC
Laurel Angell

This seminar explores Congress's impact on U.S. environmental laws, with an emphasis on the law-making processes and practices relating to the enactment of federal environmental law, and Congress's response to current substantive issues related to the environment.

6:00 to 9:00 PM
Mon., June 6 to Fri., June 10
(1 week seminar)

International Business and Environment
Russ LaMotte & Jackson Morrill

This seminar surveys the current treaties, standards, and institutions that affect the environmental aspects of international business. It focuses on environmental and social responsibility requirements on products and global supply chains.

2:00 to 5:00 PM
Tu., May 26 to Fri., May 29
(1 week seminar)

Human Rights and Environment in Latin America (In Spanish)
Astrid Puentes

This seminar explores the link, interdependence, and international recognition of human rights and environment through the analysis of international standards, law, doctrine, and paradigmatic cases.  Emphasizing Latin America and using a case simulation, the seminar will also address the major current challenges that environmental protection involves, its relation to human rights, and legal and useful policy tools to achieve effectiveness.

2:00 to 5:00 PM

(1 week seminar)

Environmental Compliance and Enforcement - TBD
Kenneth Markowitz

Reviews the principles and practice of making environmental laws work on the ground through stronger enforcement and compliance.

6:30 to 9:00 PM
Mon., June 13 - Fri., June 17
(1 week seminar)

International Wildlife Law
David Downes

Reviews the major principles of international law for the conservation of biological diversity and wildlife.  We will discuss international agreements on subjects such as biological diversity, oceans fisheries, migratory species, and wildlife trade, with a problem-solving perspective that takes account of the nature of biodiversity and the range of policy and management tools that can promote conservation.

2:00 to 4:30 PM

(1 week seminar)

International Climate Change Law - TBC
Stephen Porter

This seminar will provide an overview of the international response to climate change through the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) with a focus on the effectiveness of existing approaches and the current status of negotiations. We will cover the negotiation, structure and implementation of both the UNFCCC and the Kyoto Protocol. The seminar will also track current events and news reports that relate to climate change in order to relate these sometimes abstract concepts currently in the news. We will also explore the ongoing effort to negotiate the post-2012 international climate regime and why the effort has proved elusive despite wide agreement that human induced climate change is occurring and risks grave consequences. The seminar will examine examples of how climate change interacts with other bodies of international law (e.g.,  the Ozone Treaty, Human Rights, Law of the Sea). We will conclude by examining selected topics relating to climate law and policy in the United States and considering the role for law in the transition to a low-carbon future. (Steve Porter was previously the Director of the Climate Change Program at the Center for International Environmental Law)

One Week Special Workshop
Mon., June 20 to Fri., June 24
(5 Days; All Day)

Trade and Environment: A Joint Seminar with the OAS
Various lecturers who are experts in trade and environment issues

The Organization of American States and the Environmental Law Summer Session will be holding a week-long program on trade and environment that will conclude with a trade simulation exercise.  The program will take place from June 16-June 20 (after the other summer session seminars) and is a full-day program each day.  The seminar consists of different modules taught by practitioners from non-governmental organizations, international organizations, and government from throughout the Americas. For more information about the readings and schedule, please click here. This program has limited space.


Related Seminar

The following seminar will be offered by the Program on Information Justice and Intellectual Property and cross-listed with the Environmental Law Summer Session.

6:00 to 9:00 PM

Intellectual Property and the Environment
Jeremy de Beer (University of Ottawa)

This seminar explores how intellectual property intersects with environmental sustainability, technological innovation, and knowledge policy. Participants in the course will engage in interactive classroom discussion and actively participate in a simulation of international negotiations.