Environmental Law Program

ELP Students Attend 37th Annual PIELC

February 28 – March 3, 2019 – ELP Students Emily DeVille ’20 and Miranda Steed ’19 attended the 37th Annual Public Interest Environmental Law Conference (PIELC) at the University of Oregon.

The theme of this year’s PIELC was “Common Ground.” Emily and Miranda attended panels, networked with environmental lawyers and professors from around the country, and presented on a panel, “Common Ground: Collaborating on Global Climate Action,” with Hawaiʻi Supreme Court Justice Michael Wilson, ELP Professor Richard Wallsgrove ’08, and Jindal Global Law Students Vaibhavi Dwivedi and Akruti Ramachandra Chandrayya. The panel focused on the reality of the three degree world and action activists and students may take.  

Miranda discussed youth attendance at the United Nations Framework Convention Climate Change 24th Conference of the Parties (UNFCCC COP 24) in Katowice, Poland in December 2018.  She articulated that youth representatives should try to influence negotiators and policymakers on making stronger commitments to mitigating the climate crisis. Miranda examined the difficulties of the process, including the challenge of achieving strong commitments to compliance with the Paris Agreement Nationally Determined Contributions through consensus-based decision making.

Emily discussed student involvement in the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) formal motions process for the upcoming World Conservation Congress (WCC) in Marsielle, France 2020. She explained the motions process and highlighted motions that students in Richardsons Spring 2019 IUCN Workshop course are currently drafting, including motions on climate change, coral reef protection, and sustainable aquaculture practices.

Both Emily and Miranda found PIELC engaging and inspiring. They would highly encourage future ELP students to attend.