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International Environmental Law Project (IELP)

Siwon Park ’06

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What did you do when you worked at IELP?

I worked during 2004–05. I helped prepare a practitioner’s handbook for local governments to develop eco-labels without violating international trade law. I also prepared a briefing for lawmakers relating to the WTO Appellate Body’s Report in the Sardines case, a dispute between the European Union and Peru concerning the EU’s protectionist labeling practice disguised as a consumer safety measure. 

What are you doing now? 

I am teaching environmental law, climate change and the law, energy law, and comparative environmental law. I am also the director of the environmental law center at Kangwon National University. I organize biannual environmental law conferences and manage the publication for our biannual law journal, Environmental Law and Policy, a leading environmental law review in Korea. 

What part of your work at the clinic prepared you for your career now?

My IELP experience motivated me to learn more about international environmental law. After having completed my IELP clerkship, I spent a semester in Washington, D.C., on an externship with the Center for International Environmental Law (CIEL), a prominent international environmental law think tank and advocacy organization. 

These experiences helped me land a job at the Korean government research institute, where I advised the Korean delegation to the UNFCCC negotiations. 

What moment stands out as memorable during your time at IELP? 

After graduation, I met Professors Chris Wold and Erica Lyman at the UNFCCC negotiation meetings. It was such a great experience to meet them as colleagues at international environmental law scene. I later invited Chris to Kangwon, Korea, so that was very memorable too. 

Now that you have the perspective as a graduate, working as an attorney, why is IELP important?

It gives you opportunities to work on a real case and think like a lawyer.