Tenth Annual Environmental Law Summer Session Welcomes Participants from 32 Countries

Over 60 people including current AUWCL students, visiting law school students, and practitioners attended this year’s Summer Session on Environmental Law, which featured 10 seminars on topics from international business and the environment to a new course on human rights and the environment in Latin America. Participants came from 32 countries across five continents, including Morocco, Tanzania, Brazil, Poland, Italy, Mexico, Malaysia, and Canada among others.

For Taís E. Paiva Ludwig, a rising 2L with an interest in international and environmental law in the Americas, the Summer Session on Environmental Law was an excellent introduction to the field. As one of the only first-year JDs in the summer program, Taís had the opportunity to connect and network with other students and professionals already practicing environmental law.

“The Summer Session participants brought international views and practical work experience to classroom discussions, making for concrete real world issues,” she said. “It was also interesting to see their backgrounds and where they were in their legal careers.”

During the Summer Session, leading specialists from organizations, including the World Bank, the Inter-American Association for Environmental Defense, the U.S. Department of the Interior, Akin Gump, and AUWCL lectured on their areas of expertise.

Taís added, “The adjuncts and faculty were willing and available to help you get your foot in the door with opportunities you are truly passionate about.”

Taís and the other participants had the opportunity to visit a variety of organizations in D.C., including the environmental law firm of Beveridge & Diamond, accountability mechanisms such as the World Bank Inspection Panel and IFC Compliance Advisor/Ombudsman, the Center for International Environmental Law, the U.S. Department of State (pictured left), and the United Nations Environment Programme’s North American Office. On each of these site visits, the group met with alumni and other professionals currently working in environmental law and policy and related fields.

Additionally, the Summer Session included the fourth annual Trade and Environment Seminar held jointly with the Organization of American States Department of Sustainable Development.

More information about the Summer Session on Environmental Law can be found here.