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Erica Lyman

Clinical Professor of Law, International Environmental Law Project

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Erskine B. Wood Hall

Erica’s interest in international environmental law began when she worked on experimental water conservation and sustainable development projects in Western Samoa prior to entering law school. During law school, Erica developed a broad scope of working experiences, including clerking for a Washington State Appellate Court judge, interning at the Conservation Law Foundation in Maine, and clerking in the environmental department at the Port of Portland. 

Erica joined IELP as the clinic’s first staff attorney and as a Clinical Professor in 2005.

Erica travels extensively representing IELP and its clients on international environmental issues. She has traveled to Bangkok and to The Hague to participate in meetings of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Flora and Fauna (CITES) and to Geneva to represent clients at the CITES Standing Committee meeting. She has worked extensively with governments, non-governmental organizations, and international institutions on issues of international environmental importance. Erica’s practice area currently focuses on international wildlife trade, whaling, climate change, and other pressing international environmental matters.

As the staff attorney and clinical professor for IELP, Erica serves as an instructor and mentor for IELP’s student law clerks. She has taught International Environmental Law and International Wildlife Law and publishes regularly in the field of international environmental law.

Specialty Areas & Course Descriptions

Academic Credentials

  • BA, Davidson College, Phi Beta Delta (International Honor Society)
  • JD, cum laude December 2005, Northwestern School of Law of Lewis & Clark College


Works Published As Part of a Collection

  • ABA International Environmental Law: Year in Review 2008, INTERNATIONAL LAW (forthcoming 2009)
  • Sharing the Himalayan Glacier: The Role of Territorial Sovereignty, 19 DUKE JOURNAL OF COMPARATIVE AND INTERNATIONAL LAW 487 (2009)
  • The World Heritage Convention & Climate Change: The Case for Climate-Change Mitigation Strategy Beyond the Kyoto Protocol in ADJUDICATING CLIMATE CONTROL: SUB-NATIONAL, NATIONAL, AND SUPRA-NATIONAL APPROACHES, (W. C. Burns & H. Osofsky, eds.), Cambridge University Press (2009)
  • On Thin Ice: The Failure of the United States and the World Heritage Committee to Take Climate Change Mitigation Pursuant to the World Heritage Convention Seriously, 38 ENVIRONMENTAL LAW 139 (2008)
  • Dean Huffman’s Entrepreneurial Spirit and Wise Investments: An International Environmental Law Perspective, 37 ENVIRONMENTAL LAW xvii (2007)
  • Practiced at the Art of Deception: The Failure of Columbia Basin Salmon Recovery Under the Endangered Species Act, 36 ENVIRONMENTAL LAW 709 (2006) (co-authored with Michael C. Blumm and Joshua D. Smith)
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Erica Lyman’s office is located in room 117 of Wood Hall.


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Erica Lyman Clinical Professor of Law, International Environmental Law Project

Lewis & Clark Law School 10015 S.W. Terwilliger Boulevard MSC 51 Portland OR 97219 USA