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Prof. Lyman serves as advisor at recent climate change meetings in Morocco

December 06, 2016

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    Prof. Lyman (right) conferring with AOSIS delegates in Morocco

Professor Erica Lyman, Staff Attorney for the International Environmental Law Project, continued to support the Alliance of Small Island States (AOSIS) as a legal advisor to the Maldives, which currently serves as the Chair of AOSIS, at the climate change meeting held recently in Marrakech, Morocco.

Professor Lyman’s role was to act as an advisor on issues related to the negotiation of the new compliance mechanism created by the Paris Agreement. Negotiation of the compliance mechanism is just one of the many elements of the “Paris Rulebook” that require negotiation before the Paris Agreement becomes fully operational.

In addition to working on compliance, Professor Lyman advised participants regarding the rules of withdrawal under the Paris Agreement. Those rules became a hot topic just after the U.S. election, with many Parties discussing in the hallways the possibility of a U.S. exit from the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change and the Paris Agreement. 

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.

For more information about the involvement of Prof. Lyman, and Lewis & Clark Law students and alums, in the climate change negotiations please see the story in the related content section.