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International Environmental Law Project (IELP)

Amelia Linn ’12

As a second-year law student and a law clerk for IELP 2010-2011, I had the incredible opportunity of providing legal support for Pacific island nations during the United Nations climate negotiations in Cancun, Mexico in December and again at a UNFCCC intersessional meeting in Bangkok, Thailand in April.  The very existence of these Pacific island nations is being threatened by climate-induced sea level rise and often these countries lack the capacity to engage in the climate negotiations at the same level as larger, developed countries.

Because of doors opened by my work in IELP, I am currently spending a semester externing in the Pacific Island nation of Palau, where I am assisting the government in preparations for the upcoming climate negotiations in Durban, South Africa.

Working for IELP has been an amazing experience and has taken me further than I could have ever imagined.  Both the clinical professors and my fellow IELP clerks have inspired me to continue working towards creative legal strategies that may aid the Pacific island nations in fighting against the impacts of climate change.