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Environmental, Natural Resources, & Energy Law

Professor Nick Fromherz leads conflict resolution workshop in Bolivia

December 15, 2014

  • Professor Nick Fromherz and son by the Rio Espiritu Santo in Bolivia

Visiting Assistant Professor Nick Fromherz is leading a workshop in Bolivia focused on environmental conflict-resolution in the Bolivian Amazon (in a region known as “Chapare”).  Environmental conflicts in this region range from everyday tensions over things like garbage disposal to larger conflicts involving fishery management and the effects of a rapidly expanding infrastructure.  These conflicts regularly result in blockades of major roads, disrupting life for everyone in the region.  Fromherz has been working with a group of approximately 120 local university students to identify techniques that encourage the development of peaceful and durable solutions to these and other problems. 

Professor Fromherz teaches and writes in the areas of international law, environmental law, and comparative law.  Before coming to Lewis & Clark, Professor Fromherz taught public international law and worked on environmental issues in Cochabamba, Bolivia.  Prior to his time in Bolivia, he worked as a litigation associate for Crowell & Moring LLP and as a law clerk for Circuit Judge Terence Evans (7th Cir.) and District Judge David Lawson (E.D. Mich.). 

Professor Fromherz’s scholarship has appeared in the Stanford Environmental Law Journal, the Washington University Global Studies Law Review, the Ecology Law Quarterly, and the West Virginia Law Review (forthcoming). In addition, Professor Fromherz has written a number of shorter opinion pieces – with a particular focus on Bolivian political and environmental issues – in outlets like Foreign Affairs and the International Policy Digest

Professor Fromherz will be teaching Environmental Law and Climate Change spring semester 2015 at the law school.