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ESA and CITES: Two Statutes, Both Alike in Dignity


November 1, 2018
2:30 pm - 5:30 pm


Environmental Law Institute
1730 M Street, NW, Suite 700 (Map)

Washington, DC (and webinar)


The event is free and open to the public but registration is required by October 29.

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Co-sponsored by American Bar Association Endangered Species Committee and the International Environmental and Resources Law Committee

Join ELI, the American Bar Association, and an expert panel exploring the current state of critical issues and challenges in protecting at-risk species, under the two most influential and impactful legal frameworks in this arena: the U.S. Endangered Species Act (ESA) and the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), entered into by 183 countries.

The first panel will address the ESA. Our experts will delve into an overview of this landmark piece of legislation, including recent amendments and proposed rulemaking, as well as recent ESA controversies, cases, and enforcement actions. The panel also will continue the discussion from ELI’s recent Breaking News: Proposed USFWS Endangered Species Act Regulations webinar. Experts will examine policy gaps in both coverage and enforcement as well as potential policy solutions. Culminating this timely discussion will be an exploration of the USFWS Strategic Plan for Responding to Climate Change.

The second panel will address CITES. The dialogue will commence with a detailed overview, including implementation challenges, recent proposals for amending CITES, and recent CITES enforcement successes and failures. The panel will conclude with a discussion of potential policy solutions to coverage and enforcement gaps, with a focus on countries with particularly urgent needs for endangered species protection.

For both panels, attendees will be able to participate in the Q&A session following each panel.

Please join ELI, ABA, and expert panelists for this timely discourse and networking reception. Participants can expect panelists to explore the inner workings of these vital legal frameworks and their ramifications, benefits, challenges, and opportunities for protecting the future of endangered species here in the U.S. and around the world.


 2:30 pm

Panel 1:  ESA

Peg Romanik, Associate Solicitor, Division of Parks and Wildlife, Office of the Solicitor, Department of the Interior (Moderator) (invited)
Amy Atwood, Endangered Species Legal Director, Senior Attorney, Center for Biological Diversity
Bob Dreher, Senior Vice President, Conservation Programs, Defenders of Wildlife
Reed Elizabeth Loder, Ph.D., Professor of Law, Environmental Law Center, Vermont Law School
Sharon White, Of Counsel, Van Ness Feldman LLP

4:00 pm

Panel 2:  CITES

Linda M. Lowson, Esq., Chief Executive Officer, Global ESG Financial Regulatory Institute (Moderator)
Beth Allgood, Country Director, United States, International Fund for Animal Welfare (invited)
Dr. Frank Hawkins, Chief Executive Officer, IUCN-US
Craig Hoover, Chief, Division of International Conservation, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) (invited)
Claudia Sobrevila, Ph.D., Program Manager, Global Partnership on Wildlife Conservation and Crime Prevention for Sustainable Development, The World Bank Group (invited)

5:30-6:30 pm

Networking Reception


Any speaker presentations will be posted as they are received...

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