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Environmental, Natural Resources, & Energy Law

Prof. Lyman and LC law students in Cuenca, Ecuador

June 30, 2015

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Professor Erica Lyman is in Cuenca, Ecuador teaching a two week Legal Practicum on International Environmental Law issues with 9 Lewis & Clark law students. This two-week intensive field placement is exploring international environmental legal and policy themes through the lens of environmental issues in Ecuador. 

Ecuador - a biodiverse country, with an extraordinarily diverse landscape and an equally diverse population- is at a crossroads on environmental issues. With one of the few constitutions that recognizes both the right to a healthy environment and the rights of nature, Ecuador offers a unique case study of the some of the most pressing international environmental law and policy issues, including biodiversity conservation, climate change, urban sustainability, landscape protection, human rights, and the rights of indigenous peoples.

Recently the group enjoyed a  lecture on the role of indigenous people in international law and politics from Manuela Picq, a professor at the University of San Francisco in Quito, and visited the Judicial Building in Cuenca.