Environmental Law Institute (ELI)

Capacity Building



Since its inception, the Environmental Law Institute has convened environmental professionals for international environmental workshops and conferences around the world. The topics of these sessions span the array of current environmental issues and ideas, bringing ELI’s experience and cutting-edge knowledge to the corners of the world. Our workshops and conferences build capacity in NGOs, citizens, and government officials for environmental protection through training programs, and present innovative ideas and solutions to current environmental issues.

ELI’s international educational efforts take many forms, from large scale conferences to interactive workshops to small group study tours. ELI has arranged study tours to educate professionals in specific aspects of environmental law in the United States. We have held study tours for environmental attorneys and activists from Eastern Europe, the former Soviet Union, South and Central America, India, and, most recently, Mexico.

Interactive workshops are an essential component of ELI’s educational activities. Recently, we have conducted trainings for community groups in Liberia, industry managers in India, government lawyers from Mexico, government and industry representatives from the mining and forestry sectors of Chile, and judges from Chile, the Dominican Republic, Haiti, and Jamaica.

Recently, the Institute has provided law-drafting assistance to lawyers, policymakers, and nongovernmental organizations in Armenia, Liberia, Eastern Caribbean States, Grenada, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, and Rwanda. ELI has worked with regional and international NGOs to support these initiatives and provide the tools and information needed to implement them effectively. ELI has provided training for judges and prosecutors in Ukraine and Hungary, and hosted numerous Visiting Scholars from Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union at our offices in Washington.

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