Center for International Enviromental Law (CIEL)

Center for International Enviromental Law (CIEL)

Center for International Enviromental Law (CIEL)

Since 1989, the Center for International Environmental Law (CIEL) has worked to strengthen and use international law and institutions to protect the environment, promote human health, and ensure a just and sustainable society.

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Law firm
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Internationally (various countries)
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With offices in Washington, DC and Geneva, CIEL’s staff of international attorneysprovide legal counsel and advocacy, policy research and capacity building in the areas of:

CIEL also has a vibrant intern program for law school students and fellows in both our DC and Geneva offices.  Over its 20 years, CIEL has trained more than 350 interns from 53 countries, providing an important educational opportunity for lawyers in training; there are very few ways at an early stage of a legal career to obtain the in-depth experience and training in international environmental legal advocacy that CIEL can provide.  In conjunction with this program, CIEL  conducts a joint research and teaching program with The American University’s Washington College of Law, focused on international and comparative environmental law and offers internships and fellowships in Washington, D.C. and Geneva, Switzerland to educate the next generation of international environmental advocates.  

Finally, CIEL recognizes exceptional contributions to international environmental law each year with its prestigious International Environmental Law award.  Past recipients have included  the United Nations Environment Program, Antonio A. Oposa, Jr., Edith Brown Weiss, Raul Estrada-Oyuela and Louis B. Sohn.

CIEL’s current projects include:

  • Defending the rights of communities threatened by industrial mining in Guatemala and Peru.
  • Providing guidance to the environmental community to shape a workable and ambitious climate treaty.
  • Creating a guide for helping communities develop their own protocols for free prior and informed consent.
  • Supporting the development of a new international treaty to address the risks of mercury pollution. 
  • Launching a new campaign to address the role of the World Bank in the proliferation of coal-burning power plants.