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IELP Spotlight: Ashlyn White

December 19, 2016

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    Ashlyn White, clerk for IELP, at WCPFC.

Ashlyn White a clerk for the International Environmental Law Project (IELP) recently attended the 13th Regular Annual Session of the Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission (WCPFC) Meeting with Professor Wold in Nadi, Fiji. Many of the Pacific Island and Asian nations, as well as the United States and members of the European Union, attended the meeting.

Ashlyn sat in on plenary meetings, attended intimate working group sessions where a handful of representatives got together to reach consensus on specific issues, and participated in side events where participants presented on their area of expertise. Seeing these intense discussions close-up, she discovered that: “Learning about international environmental law in the classroom is vastly different from attending a meeting and experiencing it firsthand. Participants in the WCPFC meeting, both observers and members, work extremely hard to achieve what they think is best for their constituents and the fishery at large. Progress is slow and often frustrating for everyone involved, but they continue to push and fight for their views on the best way to manage the fishery. Attending this meeting has been an incredibly valuable and eye-opening experience into the world of international environmental law, and I am excited to have had this experience!

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.

The law school’s Environmental, Natural Resources, & Energy Law Program is now accepting applications from Lewis & Clark J.D. students who will graduate in May of 2017 for one to two LL.M.-International Environmental Law Project (IELP) Fellow positions to begin in the summer or fall of 2017. The one-year fellowships provide a tuition-free LL.M. degree offered pursuant to Lewis & Clark’s joint J.D./LL.M. degree program. (Other fees, such as health insurance, registration fees, and books, are the responsibility of the student.) The students will serve as an IELP Fellow and work on various projects for IELP while pursuing the LL.M. degree.

IELP Fellowship Application 2017-2018

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