Who we are
IELP founder and Director, Chris Wold, has been practicing international environmental law for more than 20 years. A graduate of Lewis & Clark Law School, Chris is an internationally known expert on international environmental law and has co-authored textbooks on climate change and trade and the environment. He has participated in numerous meetings of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES), the International Whaling Commission, and the climate change regime. Prior to starting IELP, Chris worked as a staff attorney with the Center for International Environmental Law and the Environmental Law Alliance Worldwide U.S. He is a member of the Center for Progressive Reform, the American Society of International Law, the IUCN’s Commission on Environmental Law, and Portland’s Workers’ Rights Board. Chris enjoys hiking, cycling, and playing basketball.
Clinical Professor of Law, Erica Lyman is IELP’s first Staff Attorney. Since joining IELP in 2005, Erica has helped build and expand IELP’s areas of expertise, ensuring that IELP has the capacity to serve its clients and partners and to plug into emerging international environmental issues. Erica’s areas of expertise include international wildlife trade, climate change, whaling, international water law and glaciers, and the World Heritage Convention. When taking a break from practicing international environmental law, Erica enjoys exploring new beaches and coral reefs with her husband, hiking Oregon’s trails with her dog, and cooking local food, including eggs from her backyard chicken flock.