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International Environmental Law Project (IELP)

IELP in Geneva for Endangered Species Negotiation

January 21, 2016

The Law School’s International Environmental Law Project (IELP) recently returned from Geneva where it participated in negotiations of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) from January 11-15. IELP was led by Professors Chris Wold and Erica Lyman. Current IELP students Liz Mering and Tyler Lobdell joined them, providing key research relating to threats to wild populations posed by efforts to trade in synthetic wildlife products. Working with its clients, IELP is deeply engaged in efforts to understand how the law applies, if at all, to trade in synthetic wildlife products. While in Geneva, IELP also worked with its clients and engaged with government delegations on a range of issues concerning international trade in wildlife, including trade in captive bred specimens, disposal of confiscated specimens, protection of elephants and tigers, and many other issues.


While there, Chris and Erica also caught up with IELP alums Verónica Muriel and Alice Stroud. Verónica works for the Colombian Ministry of Foreign Affairs while Alice now works in France for Born Free USA, a non-governmental organization working to stop animal suffering and protect species in the wild.