The Sustainable Development Law & Policy Brief was founded to provide a forum for those interested in promoting sustainable economic development, environmental conservation, environmental justice, and biodiversity throughout the world.


    The Sustainable Development Law & Policy Brief (SDLP) is a student-run initiative at AUWCL.


    Because our publication focuses on reconciling the tensions found within our ecosystem, it spans a broad range of environmental issues such as sustainable development; trade; renewable energy; human rights; air, water, and noise regulation; climate change; land use, conservation, and property rights; resource use and regulation; and animal protection.


    Contact Information:

    Email: sdlp.wcl@gmail.com
    Office: 4300 Nebraska Avenue, N.W.

    Washington, D.C. 20016

    Capital Building, Room CT-03


  • Editorial Board, Volume 24 

    Summer 2023 to Spring 2024

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    Shade Streeter


    Shade was born in Montana and raised in Oregon before moving to Washington, D.C. to attend law school. He is primarily interested in federal land use, wildlife, and administrative law. He is passionate about engaging the public in the sustainable use and enjoyment of our public lands and ensuring that future generations can enjoy public lands and species across the United States. He has attended the U.N. COP15 meeting of the Convention on Biological Diversity and has interned at the Center for Biological Diversity and Native American Rights Fund.

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    Reagan Ferris


    Reagan is a third-year student interested in sustainable food systems.


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    Zachary Bloom

    Executive Editor

    Zachary was born in Baltimore, MD, and grew up in Buffalo, NY. There, he spent much of his time sailing on Lake Erie, skiing just south of Buffalo, and hiking around Niagara Falls. After graduating high school, Zachary attended the George Washington University, majoring in political science and history. While at college, Zachary developed an interest in environmental-related public policy, especially regarding renewable energy. Zachary decided to attend law school so he could influence policy and regulation to advance America’s green energy transformation.


    Zachary is currently a 3L and is a member of the American University International Law Review. During his 2L summer, Zachary interned for the National Nuclear Security Administration. He also interned for the Erie County DA’s Office in Buffalo, NY during his 2L summer. In his free time, Zachary enjoys participating in a dodgeball league, hiking, cooking, playing board games, and generally being a DC tourist.


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    Pascale Steverlynck

    Managing Editor

    Pascale is from Cape Town, grew up in Phoenix, and studied environmental science at UCLA. She is interested in safe drinking water infrastructure and health equity.

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    Mariah Stephens

    Articles Editor

    Hello! My name is Mariah, and I am a JD/MBA student interested in climate and renewable energy project finance. I grew up in Wyoming which instilled in me a love for the environment and a passion for promoting to a sustainable future. After high school and a year-long youth exchange in Bordeaux, France, I obtained degrees in Anthropology and Spanish from the University of Rhode Island in 2020. At WCL, I joined SDLP in the hopes of contributing to meaningful publications and improve my research and writing skills. I am excited to be the 2023-2024 Articles Editor!

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    Caroline Jones

    Senior Features Editor

    Caroline was born & raised in Houston, Texas and received her B.A. in English and M.A. in Writing and Publishing from DePaul University in Chicago. Caroline's interests are in government accountability/ethics, urban sustainable development, and environmental justice. She was previously the Associate Features Editor for SDLP and a junior staffer. Outside of WCL and other law school things, Caroline enjoys hiking, exploring D.C., and reading/hanging out with her cat.

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    Charles Beauregard

    Associate Features Editor

    Charlie is a 2L at WCL and is excited to serve as SDLP’s Associate Features Editor for the 2023-2024 school year. Since graduating Colby College in 2020, he has established an interest in energy law after briefly working for an advanced energy trade organization. He interned at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission following his 1L year, is a Junior Staffer on the Administrative Law Review, and is Professor Snyder’s research assistant. In his free time, Charlie enjoys hiking, playing squash, and reading John Grisham and C.J. Box novels.

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    Elizabeth Clinch

    Senior Symposium Editor

    Elizabeth is a 2L with a focus in energy and environmental law. She earned her B.S. in Chemistry and Economics from the University of Denver. Prior to law school Elizabeth served in the Peace Corps and later worked as an international program specialist at the Commercial Law Development Program in the U.S. Department of Commerce. She is interested in project finance and leveraging public and private resources to meet global challenges such as energy access, climate mitigation, and resiliency.


    In her free time, Elizabeth enjoys skiing, hiking, and spending time with her family.

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    Amanda Scheichet

    Associate Symposium Editor

    Amanda is from Livingston, New Jersey. She earned her B.A. in Environmental Studies and Political Science with a minor in U.S. Public Policy from Tulane University in New Orleans. Amanda’s legal experience includes interning at the Maryland-National Capital Parks and Planning Commission and externing at the Environmental Protection Agency- Office of Enforcement & Assurance Compliance (EPA-OECA).


    Amanda joined SDLP as a junior staffer in the Fall of her 1L year. In addition to her work with the Brief, Amanda is a Dean’s Fellow for WCL’s Program on Environmental & Energy Law (PEEL).


    In her free time, you can find Amanda exploring DC, finding the best bagels, and taking pictures of her dog, Slippers!

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    Kate Foley

    Senior Editor

    Kate grew up in Rhode Island and went to school at Hobart and William Smith Colleges, getting a B.S. in Biology and a B.A. in Environmental Studies. After graduating in 2020, Kate moved out to Big Sky, Montana to work as an AmeriCorps Member for an environmental non-profit focused on protecting the Gallatin River. While at AUWCL, Kate has worked for the Environmental Integrity Project, externed in NOAA’s Office of General Counsel, and is an active member of the Administrative Law Review. In her free time Kate enjoys baking, needlepoint, and taking care of her indoor plants!

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    Marina Mozak

    Senior Editor

    Marina Mozak is a 2L with a focus on legislative solutions to environmental problems. From coastal Maine, Marina loved nature from a young age but learned to appreciate it upon moving to Madison, New Jersey to attend Drew University. Through her undergraduate majors in Environmental Science and Political Science, as well as study abroad opportunities with SEA Education, the Drew Semester at the United Nations, and the George Washington University Semester on Washington Politics, she studied how law affects our natural world.


    Between graduation and beginning at WCL, Marina served as Maine State Digital Director at NextGen America, registering young climate minded people to vote in the 2020 election. Last year, she pursued her interests in her first year at WCL as a Junior Editor for the SDLP. Outside of WCL she enjoys cooking, hiking, and swing dancing.

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    Lauren West

    Senior Editor

    Lauren was born and raised in the DMV! She went down to Harrisonburg, Virginia to earn her undergraduate degree in economics at James Madison University, where she focused on environmental economics and fell in love with Shenandoah National Park! While at JMU, Lauren studied abroad in Iceland, Sweden, Denmark, and the U.K., focusing on geology and the effects of climate change. She returned home to attend law school in Washington, D.C. where she discovered a deep interest in animal rights, wildlife, and federal land use. Lauren has a passion for bringing awareness to the intersection of sustainable economic development, natural resources, and animal law. She now serves as the president of the Animal Law Society. Outside of WCL, Lauren enjoys reading, gardening, baking, and spending quality time with her dog, Luna!

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    Elizabeth Ross

    Senior Editor

    Elizabeth Ross grew up in Western Pennsylvania where she spent lots of time exploring the local woods, rivers, and farmland. She moved
    to Washington, D.C. to attend American University (’22) for undergrad where she studied Justice & Law and Psychology. Along with SDLP, Elizabeth is a member of the Environmental Law Society. Elizabeth’s legal interests include environmental justice, public health, and climate law. During her 1L summer, Elizabeth interned at Fair Shake Environmental Legal Services.

    Currently, Elizabeth loves experimenting with new recipes, teaching her old cat new tricks, and spending as much time outdoors as

  • Volume XXIII

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    For more than two decades, the Sustainable Development Law and Policy Brief (SDLP) has published works analyzing emerging legal and policy issues within the fields of environmental, energy, sustainable development, and natural resources law. SDLP has also prioritized making space for law students in the conversation. We are honored to continue this tradition in Volume XXIII.


    For more than two decades, the Sustainable Development Law and Policy Brief (“SDLP”) has published works analyzing emerging legal and policy issues within the fields of environmental, energy, sustainable development, and natural resources law. SDLP has also prioritized making space for law students in the conversation. We are honored to continue this tradition in Volume XXIII.


    This second Issue explores the intersections of a range of legal issues with climate change. From financial systems; to displacement of people and immigration; to issues of sovereignty, tribal relations, and the Law of the Sea; to international treaties and protection of biodiversity—climate change is not just about climate but rather touches a multitude of aspects of life today, and consequently is driving significant changes across our legal systems.


    The Guinan article explores the environmental impacts of crypto-asset mining and how U.S. law can not only regulate the industry but also its negative environmental and energy consumption impacts. Specifically, the article looks at state and local regulations and the impacts of the 2022 federal Inflation Reduction Act. The article makes significant recommendations for a unified federal-based regulatory scheme. The Streeter, Hunter, and Snape article looks to the Convention on Nature Protection and Wildlife Preservation in the Western Hemisphere as a critical international treaty for addressing biodiversity loss and environmental degradation that is being exacerbated by climate change and calls for the U.S. to lead an effort to revitalize the implementation of this treaty.


    The Stephens feature dives into the “Great Climate Migration” and the challenges of international and domestic legal frameworks to address climate change-related harms. These challenges are illustrated through a case study of a family of climate refugees from Kiribati and explores recent legal precedent in the U.S. which may provide a roadmap for how to prove and measure harms resulting from climate change. This issue is rounded out with the Macneill feature which discusses how the intersections of international law on indigenous rights, the international Law of the Sea, and climate change have shaped a sovereignty dispute over a small island in the Arctic and the management of its natural resources.


    We would like to thank all the article and feature authors for their insights and dedication to raising important legal issues. We would also like to thank the faculty advisors, Executive Board, staff, and publisher of SDLP for making this publication possible. Finally, we would like to thank our readers, whose involvement and investment in SDLP are the reason we have been able to continue this publication for more than twenty years.

  • Apply for a Staff Position

    Interested in joining SDLP?

    Please check back again in the fall!


  • Past Issues

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    Issues in Waste Management

    2 | Editors' Note

    by Rachel Keylon & Meghen Sullivan


    4 | Ohio House Bills 168 and 110: Just Another Drop In the Bucket for Brownfield Redevelopmnet?

    by Mia Petrucci


    12 | Feature: It's Time to Trash Consumer Responsibility for Plastic: An Analysis of Extended Producer Responsibility Laws' Success in Maine

    by Marina Mozak


    14 | Toxic Chemicals: Prosecuting Individuals for Hazardous Wast Crimes Under the United States Resource Conservation and Recovery Act

    by Dr. Joshua Ozymy & Dr. Melissa Jarrell Ozymy

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    Exploring How Today's Development Affects Future Generations Around the Globe

    2 | Editors' Note

    by Juliette Jackson and Bailey Nickoloff


    4 | Toward a Utah Intentionally Created Surplus Program

    by Devin Stelter


    22 | Making Room for the Past in the Future: Managing Urban Development with Cultural Heritage Preservation

    by Kubra Babaturk


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    Regulatory Schemes In Local, State, and Federal Governments

    2 | Editors' Note

    by Juliette Jackson and Bailey Nickoloff


    4 | Rulemaking Doubletake: An Opportunity to Repair and Strengthen the National Environmental Policy Act

    by Rachel Keylon


    20 | Underserved Communities Trashed By Plastic: Slowing the Proliferation of Petroleum-based Products Through Stewardship Laws and Enhanced Back-end Regulatory Solutions

    by Joan F. Chu


  • Publish With Us

    We are accepting submissions for Volume 23, Issue 2. Please see the call for submissions here.

  • The American University Office of Sustainability was founded in 2009 to help meet the university's goal of "acting on our values of social responsibility, service [and] an active pursuit of sustainability."

    The office develops and supports campus initiatives that promote sustainability within the campus community.

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    Tenley Campus

    The Tenley Campus is LEED Gold certified.

    LEED (Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design) is a green building certification program that is the recognized standard for measuring building sustainability. To achieve certification, building projects must meet prerequisites and earn points to achieve varying levels of certification ranging from certified to platinum.

    The design of the Tenley Campus places a high priority on environmentally sustainable development principles. Key components include water and energy efficient systems, sustainable material selection, and interior environments that promote occupant health.

    The Tenley Campus construction adheres to the University’s Green Building Policy, which supports the University’s goal of having a positive impact on the environment, as it relates to all university owned and operated facilities.

    “Ideally, the LEED certification process is most effective when sustainable approaches are incorporated very early on in the design process as was the case at Tenley,” said Jamie Lee, AIA LEED BD+C, Principal at Smith Group JJR, the D.C.-based architecture and engineering firm responsible for the design. “Both the law school and the university were committed to creating a sustainable LEED certified building and had aspirations and goals that were incorporated into the project.”

    Some of the green features in the Tenley Campus:

    • Buildings are located to maximize public transportation options & access
    • Bicycle use is promoted through amenities like locker rooms and showers, as well as over 200 bike rack spaces
    • Infrastructure is provided for Electric Vehicle charging stations
    • Open space on the site is maintained and maximized
    • Storm water is managed for quantity and quality using on-site features such as rain gardens
    • Light colored roof material is specified to minimize urban heat-island effect
    • Buildings will utilize nearly 50% less water than typical buildings of similar size through the use of high efficiency fixtures
    • A unique hydronic heating and cooling system will reduce energy consumption by more than 20%
    • Construction procedures will divert more than 90% of construction debris from landfills
    • Regionally-sourced material will make up at least 20% of the building
    • Certified sustainably-harvested wood will be used on more than 50% of all wood on the project
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    Receptacles for items that you may need to recycle infrequently such as clothes, batteries, ink cartridges, cell phones, plastic bags, and computers, monitors, and other e-waste can be found in several locations on AU's campus. Do your part to keep these easily recycled and often toxic items out of the landfill.

    • In 2010, AU adopted a Zero Waste Policy mandating the creation of a team to develop a plan for reducing and diverting 100% of the university's waste stream.
    • AU collects paper towel waste from all restrooms around campus separately. Student sustainability educators audited the campus waste stream and discovered that paper towels represent 13 percent of AU's waste. 
    • The university is reducing solid waste by replacing bottled water with inline water filters.
    • In fall 2009, AU eliminated trays in the Terrace Dining Hall, reducing food waste by an estimated 32 percent.
    • The university reuses and recycles surplus furniture by partnering with several area surplus and reuse centers.
    • In 2009, the university recycled 43 percent of the solid waste generated on campus by presorting cans, glass, paper, cardboard, plastic bags, batteries, cell phone batteries, cell phones, and fluorescent lights.
    • We collect and recycle vehicle waste including lubricants, antifreeze, oil filters, tires, and batteries.
    • University-owned electronics equipment can be recycled by simply submitting a form to AU Surplus.
    • Personal electronics waste can be recycled at our quarterly e-waste recycling drives.
    • We collect kitchen grease from TDR for recycling.
  • Campus Affiliations

    Here are some of the Law Societies that we collaborate with! Many of their members are also SDLP staff!

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    We welcome all those who are interested in environmental law or those who love the outdoors and want to preserve the natural environment!

    The Environmental Law Society is a student organization dedicated to creating an awareness of current environmental matters and the legal issues surrounding them. Our mission is to encourage students and community members to support environmental initiatives. We accomplish this mission by keeping students and the community informed of important issues in environmental law and policy, promoting environmental scholarship, advocating for environmentally sound decision-making, and by providing opportunities to protect the natural environment and its irreplaceable creatures.

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    Providing a forum for education, advocacy & scholarship aimed at protecting the lives & advancing the interests of animals through the legal system.

    Because issues relating to Animal Law also relate to a broad spectrum of issues surrounding other legal fields, we are a group of Law Students who seek to show how Animal Law intersects with nearly every other law field.

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    The WCL Energy Law Society seeks to provide a forum for students, alumni, and professors to come together and promote discussion about developments in energy law and the global impact these developments have. The WCL Energy Law Society is both a professional and social network for friends and colleagues sharing an interest in energy.

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    The WCL Native American Law Students Association serves the beliefs and interests of Indigenous, Native American, and non-Native American Students, Faculty, and Staff of American University Washington College of Law. It seeks to provide an inclusive social and supportive community to foster development rooted in the practices and beliefs of Native American and Indigenous Peoples; Educate WCL administration and community on the needs of its Native American and Indigenous student population; and develop programming for the instruction of teachings and practices for interested Native Americans, Indigenous, and non-Native or non-Indigenous Allies.

  • Past SDLP Symposiums

    Check out the events that we have hosted in the past!

    Water Infrastructure, Equity, and Environmental Justice

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    Thursday, February 11, 2021

    10:00 AM to 2:00 PM on Zoom


    Friday, February 12, 2021

    12:30 PM to 2:30 PM on Zoon

    Symposium on Air Quality and Environmental Justice

    Brought to you by

    American University’s Sustainable Development Law & Policy Brief and the Program on Environmental and Energy Law, and in association with the Washington College of Law’s Environmental Law Society


    Keynote address by Charles Lee

    Principal Author of the landmark report "Toxic Waste and Race in the United States"


    Friday, February 7, 2020

    9:00 AM to 2:30 PM in Claudio Grossman Hall

    American University Washington College of Law

    4300 Nebraska Avenue, Washington, D.C., 20016


    9:00am: Registration Opens and Breakfast

    9:40am: Introductory Remarks

    10am-11:20am: Panel on Climate Justice and Clean Energy

    11:40am-1pm: Environmental Justice, Air Pollution, and Public Health

    1:00pm-2:30pm: Lunch and Keynote Address

    2:30pm-4:00pm: Dessert Reception


    Panel 1: Climate Justice and Clean Energy


    Moderated by Professor Amanda Leiter


    Keya Chatterjee, Executive Director, US Climate Action Network

    Thomas Kerr, Manager, Global Industry and Thematic Engagement, International Finance Corporation

    Robert McKinstry, Environmental and Climate Law Consulting

    Lisa Anne Hamilton, Adaptation Program Director, Georgetown Climate Center

    John Walke, Director, Clean Air, Climate & Clean Energy Program, Natural Resources Defense Council


    Panel 2: Environmental Justice, Air Pollution, and Public Health


    Moderated by Professor William Snape, III


    Carrie Apfel, Staff Attorney, Sustainable Food and Farming Program, Earthjustice

    Leah Kelly, Senior Attorney, Environmental Integrity Project

    Adrienne Hollis, Senior Climate Justice and Health Scientist, Union of Concerned Scientists

    Vernice Miller-Travis, Executive VP for Environment and Sustainability, Metropolitan Group

    A Symposium on the Legal Effects of Environmental Destruction on Human Rights and Global Migration

    Brought to you by
    American University’s Sustainable Development Law & Policy Brief and the Human Rights Brief, and in association with the Washington College of Law’s Environmental Law Society


    Keynote address by Amali Tower

    Founder and Executive Director of Climate Refugees, an independent project created to bring attention and action to help people displaced across borders as a result of climate change


    Friday, February 15, 2019

    9:00 AM to 2:30 PM in Claudio Grossman Hall

    American University Washington College of Law

    4300 Nebraska Avenue, Washington, D.C., 20016


    9:00am: Registration Opens

    9:40am: Introductory Remarks

    10am-11:20am: Panel on Climate Change and Migration

    11:40am-1pm: Panel on Land Use and Indigenous Rights

    1:00pm-2:30pm: Lunch and Keynote Address

    2:30pm-4:00pm: Dessert Reception

    Science, Information, and Accountability in the 'Post-truth' Era

    A discussion on the importance of facts and transparency in environmental governance.


    The Symposium featured a panel discussion on the importance of facts, transparency, and responsibility in environmental governance, specifically within federal environmental agencies. Potential discussion topics may include: the necessity of fairly-balanced advisory councils; the importance of government funding for science and research; the sensitivity of data disclosure within the government; the force of whistleblowers in achieving accountability; the responsibility of agencies to fully inform the public on issues such as climate change; and the use of the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) to promote transparency.


    Tuesday, March 27, 2018

    9:30 AM to 12:00 PM​ in NT07

    American University Washington College of Law

    4300 Nebraska Avenue, Washington, D.C., 20016


    9:00-10:00am: Coffee & Pastries/Check-In/Greetings

    10:00am-12:00pm: Presentations & Panel Discussion

    12:00-12:30pm: Lunch


    Moderated by Professor Amanda Leiter


    Lawrence Meinert, Former Deputy Associate Director of Energy & Mineral Resources at the U.S. Geological Survey


    Michael Walker,​ Former Director of EPA’s National Enforcement Training Institute in the ​Office of Enforcement and Compliance


    Michael Halpern, Deputy Director of the Center for Science and Democracy at the Union of Concerned Scientists.


    Eric Schaeffer, Executive Director of the Environmental Integrity Project; Former Director of EPA’s Office of Civil Enforcement (1997-2002).

    Infrastructure Projects: Permitting, Implementation, and Impacts.

    On behalf of American University’s Sustainable Development Law & Policy Brief, and inassociation with Washington College of Law’s Environmental Law Society and Animal Law Society, we would like to formally invite you to our upcoming Symposium entitled,

    Infrastructure Projects: Permitting, Implementation, and Impacts.


    Tuesday, November 14, 2017


    American University Washington College of Law

    Room NT01 (Ceremonial Classroom), Terrace Level, Warren Building

    4300 Nebraska Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20016



    8:30 AM to 9:00 AM: Breakfast/Greetings

    9:00 AM to 10:30 AM: Panel One

    10:30 AM to 11:00 AM: Coffee Break

    11:00 AM to 12:30 PM: Panel Two

    12:30 PM-1:00 PM: Lunch/Closing Remarks



    PANEL 1: An Overview of Infrastructure Permitting and Implementation


    Moderated by Professor Jeffrey Lubbers


    Angie Colamaria—Office of Management and Budget (OMB), Permitting Lead

     Ted Boling—Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ), Associate Director for the National Environmental Policy Act


    PANEL 2: The Environmental Implications of Infrastructure Projects on Water, People, Wildlife, and Public Lands


    Moderated by Professor Amanda Leiter


    Bob Irvin—American Rivers, President 

    Dr. Sacoby WilsonMaryland Institute Applied Environmental Health (MIAEH), Associate Professor 

    Gary FrazerU.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Ecological Services, Assistant Director 

    Gregory SmithUnited States Forest Service, Lands and Reality Management, Director



    Monday, April 3, 2017

    9:15 am – 4:45 pm


    Trade and investment regimes have proliferated throughout recent years, and many have been quick to criticize the effects of both trade and investment on sustainable development. This symposium will focus on how trade and investment frameworks can both facilitate and hinder sustainable development. Three panels will take place, one exploring the initiatives in developing countries and resource exploitation and investment with relation to CITES implementation; the second, discussing proliferation of regional and

    mega-regional free trade agreements in contrast with the World Trade Organization rules, and theireffect on sustainable development policies and initiatives in developing countries; and the third on howIFI’s and public and private investments support developing countries in meeting their Paris Climate Commitments.

    All Eyes on Paris: The Global Agreement on Climate Change

    Join SDLP on Wednesday, November 11, 2016 for our fall symposium focusing on the upcoming COP21 in Paris and what needs to be done in order to agree on a global climate treaty.


    The Symposium will take place in WCL 603 on Wednesday, November 11 from 9:00am until 5:00pm. Feel free to attend the entire event or just the panels that interest you. Panel topics include: the U.S.’s approach to climate change in preparation for the COP, finding ways to achieve the 2°C target and other mitigation efforts, and finally adaptation and compensation for climate impacts.


    Click here for more detailed information about the panels: SDLP Fall 2015 symposium panel descriptions.

    Biodiversity: Examining the Legal Implications of Population Loss of Species


    Join SDLP on Tuesday, February 10, 2015 for an informative panel on biodiversity. William Snape will moderate the discussion.

    Scheduled speakers incude:

    • Richard M. Huber, Organization of American States
    • Kirk Talbot, Environmental Law Institute
    • Neil Cox, International Union for Conservation of Nature
    • Kip Knudson, Washington Office of the Governor for Alaska.

    Biodiversity Event Flyer




    Sustainable Development Law & Policy Brief Presents: “A Quest for Clean Energy”

    Register today for the SDLP Fall 2014 Symposium! This year’s symposium will cover recent energy and environmental law legislative and regulatory updates and what that means for different entities ranging from industry to public organizations.


    The Sustainable Development Law and Policy Fall 2014 Symposium will take place in WCL 603 on Thursday, November 6 from 10:00am until 4:00pm.


    Feel free to attend the entire day of events or the parts that interest you. Food will be provided throughout the day.


    Panel topics include the EPA’s proposed rule on emissions guidelines and the challenges encountered domestically and internationally in pursuit of sustainable energy solutions. Joseph Goffman, Associate Assistant Administrator & Senior Counsel of the EPA will also be delivering a key note speech.


    To see the flyer for this event, please click the following hyperlink: SDLP Fall 2014 Symposium 

    Second Annual CIEL-WCL International Environmental Law Conference

    March 21, 2011 1:00 pm - 5:30 pm, followed by reception.

    Click here to download a PDF version of the event schedule.

    As Goes China, So Goes the World: Chinese Development and Environmental Challenges

    On March 26, 2009, SDLP organized a conference focusing on environmental issues in China. A variety of issues were discussed at this conference including: post-Kyoto decisions on climate change and establishment of a carbon constrained economy; technology transfer, green technologies, and legal dynamics of weak IP protection; increase in public participation and viability of citizen suit litigation; energy investment, carbon sequestration, and development of clean coal; environmental impact statements: requirements and enforcement; food safety and exports from China; the intersection of human rights and environmental/development issues; increasing Chinese influence in the international (and especially developing) world; what kind of example will they set; and evaluation of how China is complying with international environmental and development regimes.


    Podcast available at http://www.wcl.american.edu/podcast/podcast.cfm.

    Oxfam Hunger Banquet: Trade and Investment in Foodstuffs During a Global Food Crisis

    On September 18, 2008 SDLP co-sponsored the Oxfam Hunger Banquet for WCL's International Week. 12pm-1pm, 6th Floor Lounge.

    Climate Change and Claiming the Arctic Circle

    On March 20, 2008 SDLP, organized a conference focusing on climate change and environmental, territorial, and resource claims in the Arctic.


    To view the webcast of these discussions, please visit http://www.wcl.american.edu/secle/video.cfm.

    Global Impact of Developments in U.S. Climate Law

    Panel: On March 29, 2007, panel discussed the legal consequences as climate change becomes a scientific and political reality. They also gave an overview of recent developments in U.S. climate law and how that impacts the international climate community. Review of pending litigation intending to comply state, federal, and business responses discussed, along with other emerging policies.

    Future of International Chemicals Management

    Conference: On February 22, 2006, SDLP organized a conference focusing on (1) the future of the Strategic Approach to International Chemicals Management ("SAICM"); and (2) the reasons why the United States has hesitated to ratify Multilateral Environmental Agreements.


    To view the webcast of these discussions, please visit http://www.wcl.american.edu/secle/video.cfm (click on "The Future of International Chemicals Regulation).

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