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International Environmental Law Project (IELP)

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About IELP

In the International Environmental Law Project (IELP), students participate directly in international environmental legal processes by preparing documents and materials for meetings of the parties to international conventions and organizations, such as the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), the International Whaling Commission, and NAFTA’s environmental commission. Students may also prepare submissions to international tribunals to enforce international environmental law or draft new international environmental treaties. For example, IELP petitioned the World Heritage Committee to list Waterton-Glacier International Peace Park as a World Heritage Site in Danger due to climate change. These documents may be prepared on behalf of environmental organizations, governments, or international institutions.

Credits, Grading, and Course Schedule

Except in special circumstances, this is a full-year course for three credits each semester. Grading is on a pass/no pass basis. This class meets for 90 minutes on Fridays. However, during the first two weeks of class, we will conduct a “boot camp”—approximately 5 hours each of these two Fridays—to convey as much background information as possible for you to engage meaningfully on your work from the start of class. Participation in these “boot camps” is mandatory. 

Application Process

Participation in IELP is limited to 5-10 people. Due to the high demand for participation in IELP, we have instituted something akin to a hiring process. If you would like to apply, please submit the following:

  • cover letter explaining why you want to participate in IELP;
  • resume;
  • transcript;
  • writing sample (if you submit your appellate brief from legal writing  please submit only the portions you wrote);
  • an e-mail address and telephone number where we can reach you in May and June. 


You must submit your application by May 31. Those selected to enroll will receive notification from Professors Wold and Lyman before registration begins. Without professor approval you will be unable to register for IELP.

Apply to: Prof. Erica Lyman, Wood Hall Room 117. If you have further questions, please contact Prof. Lyman at 503/768-6715 or at



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