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International Environmental Law Project (IELP)

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Founded in 1996 and based at Lewis & Clark Law School, IELP helps governments, non-governmental organizations, and international institutions to solve global environmental problems through the use of domestic and international law. IELP drafts treaties and treaty documents, submits petitions to international and domestic institutions, prepares legal analyses and policy research, and provides education and training on climate change, biodiversity conservation, oceans and fisheries, and trade and the environment.

Partners and clients have included Islands First, Environmental Defense Fund, the Secretariat of the Convention on International Trade of Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora, Greenpeace, Humane Society International, Pew Environment Group, Species Survival Network, Whale and Dolphin Conservation Society, World Wildlife Fund, Xerces Society, and Mauritius’s Ministry of Environment.

As the only on-campus legal clinic focusing solely on international environmental law, IELP also educates and trains Lewis & Clark Law School students to become effective international lawyers. Through classroom instruction, representation of clients, and hands-on participation at international environmental treaty negotiations, students learn the fundamentals of international environmental law and policy. Read more about The Student Experience.

Our Mission

The International Environmental Law Project’s mission is twofold: We ensure that the rule of law is applied to the conservation of the world’s resources by providing innovative legal counsel and effective advocacy to governments, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), and international institutions.

Through this work, we also ensure a sustainable community of global stewards by providing unique, practice-based legal training to law students by running a clinical program on the Lewis & Clark Law School campus.




Who We Are - Meet the staff of IELP







How to Apply - Apply to participate in our clinical program





International Environmental Law Project (IELP)

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