The International Environmental Law Project (IELP) works with governments, non-governmental organizations, and international institutions to develop, implement, and enforce international environmental law to tackle some of today’s most challenging global issues, including climate change, biodiversity conservation, oceans and fisheries and trade and the environment. IELP also trains and educates the next generation of international environmental advocates by providing students at Lewis & Clark Law School with opportunities to participate in international environmental law and policy.
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Analysis Reveals the Lack of Environmental Protections in the Trans-Pacific Partnership
The United States Trade Representative (USTR) has championed the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) as “the most robust enforceable environment commitments of any trade agreement in history.” It has also hailed the Environment Chapter as an “historic opportunity to advance conservation and environmental protection across the Asia-Pacific” and has claimed that the Environment Chapter “establish[es] pioneering new commitments” relating to fisheries subsidies and wildlife trafficking.
In a new analysis, Empty Promises and Missed Opportunities: An Assessment of the Environmental Chapter of the Trans-Pacific Partnership, Professor Chris Wold, Director of Lewis & Clark Law School’s International Environmental Law Project, concludes that the TPP’s environmental provisions are weak and unlikely to address the problems of illegal wildlife trade, overfishing, and other environmental concerns. Moreover, the history of previous regional free trade agreements, in which similar issues have been addressed and not enforced, further suggests that the TPP’s Environment Chapter is full of empty promises. With weak, vague, and largely unenforceable provisions, the TPP represents a missed opportunity to address some of the region’s significant environmental problems, including overfishing, shark finning, and illegal trade in rhino horns.
Prof. Wold’s Trans-Pacific Partnership Report Shared with Congress
Prof. Wold’s recent analysis of the Trans Pacific Partnership concludes that the TPP’s environmental provisions are weak and unlikely to address the problems of illegal wildlife trade, overfishing, and other environmental concerns. Rep. Paul Tonko (NY-20) sent it to members of Congress, calling it a “thorough and thoughtful report”. Click here to read Rep. Tonko’s message.
Lewis and Clark’s Environmental Law Program receives top U.S. News ranking
Lewis & Clark Law School’s Environmental Law Program tied for No. 1 in U.S. News & World Report’’s 2014 annual rankings of law schools. The ranking was produced through a survey of faculty from across the country teaching in the environmental law field. Read more here.