International Environmental Law Clinic
The International Environmental Law Clinic, taught by Professors Richard Stewart and Bryce Rudyk, provides legal and technical assistance on issues of international environmental law to a wide variety of clients, including developing countries, UN and other international organizations, and environmental groups abroad and in the US.
Trina Ng (LL.M ’11) worked with Mark Jariabka ’02, the executive director of Islands First, a New York based NGO that provides legal, technical and policy assistance to the U.N. missions of the Pacific small island developing states. When developed countries come to the climate negotiations with teams of hundreds, these small island states often simply have a small team and their local ambassador to negotiate for them. Trina wrote a series of briefing papers on issues in the international climate negotiations for these negotiators to use.
In recent years, other clinic students worked on memos for climate change litigation from sea level rise, on the operation of consensus under the UNFCCC in light of Bolivia’s objection at Cancun, marine resources issues for the Permanent Mission of the Republic of Palau, toxic chemicals regulation in developing countries, litigation against illegal timber imports to the U.S. by the NRDC, and on water and maritime issues in Spain and Israel for local environmental groups.