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International Environmental Law Project Goes to The Hague

October 01, 2007

Chris Wold, associate professor of law and director of the law school’s International Environmental Law Project (IELP), along with Erica Thorson, staff attorney, and six Lewis & Clark law students, traveled to The Hague, Netherlands, in June to help protect endangered species.

The Lewis & Clark delegation attended the meeting of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), the third consecutive CITES meeting in which IELP students have participated.

“This was a great opportunity for our students to see how international environmental law is made,” says Thorson.

Discussions focused largely on conservation and trade regulation of many species, such as African elephants, tigers, whales, and sharks.

“These issues are fascinating and we are learning how this international convention and international law can affect conservation efforts,” reported law students Colin Olivers and Jason Gray in the group’s travel blog.

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