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Law professors, students negotiate emissions reductions at Copenhagen summit

December 07, 2009

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International Environmental Law Project (IELP) students are blogging about their efforts to negotiate reductions in emissions at the Copenhagen climate summit this month. IELP will be focusing on negotiations to reduce emissions from deforestation and forest degradation in developing countries. Five Lewis & Clark Law School students are joining IELP Director and Associate Law Professor Chris Wold, IELP Clinical Law Professor Erica Thorson, and Environmental Law Professor Melissa Powers in Copenhagen for the historic world summit.

Through IELP, law students help public interest environmental lawyers in developing countries create new law or strengthen existing law by providing legal memoranda on international and domestic legal issues. For example, the work of students has helped win cases in Bangladesh (arguing that fishermen were owed lost wages as a result of the World Bank-sponsored Flood Action Plan) and Colombia (arguing that the discharge of pesticides into the sea created compensable damages).

Read this Chronicle feature to learn more about IELP’s work and leadership, or listen to this podcast interview with Thorson to hear about her recent trip to Morocco to help customs officials understand the laws governing the exportation of Barbary macaques.