July 8, 2019

Staying on top of the legal and policy developments in the climate change arena is no small task. As a special service to our members, the Environmental Law Institute provides a series of monthly conference calls with national experts on climate law and policy to keep you up to date and to answer your questions.


Topics addressed in this month's call:

  • Finalization of ACE rule
  • CEQ NEPA climate guidance
  • State reaction to ACE
  • Developments with NY legislation
  • OR Republicans fleeing the state to avoid voting on climate legislation
  • CA and Canada vehicle agreement
  • Decision by federal court in Baltimore sending suit against oil companies back to state court
  • Decision by federal court in Oregon that Forest Service took hard look at carbon impacts of foreign thinning project
  • DC District Court decision dismissing suit about U.S. failure to submit UNFCCC reports
  • New York state court decision dismissing Exxon's accusations of NY Attorney General's office misconduct
  • Update on some recent news reports noting disclosure of financial impact on companies from climate

Vicki Arroyo, Executive Director, Climate Center, Georgetown University
Sally Fisk, Assistant General Counsel, Pfizer
Michael B. Gerrard, Professor, Columbia Law School; Director, Sabin Center for Climate Change Law
Robert Sussman, Principal, Sussman & Associates

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July 8, 2019

An ELI WELL (Women in Environmental Law  & Leadership) Seminar

Participants joined ELI for a discussion of two ground-breaking projects that highlight the importance of community-based water tenure rights and the role of women in water governance from the local to the transboundary level.

In Summer 2019, the Rights and Resources Initiative (RRI) and ELI will release the findings of an innovative methodology and global analysis that monitors national legal recognition of Indigenous Peoples’, local communities’, and indigenous and community women’s freshwater tenure rights. This 15-country study provides vital insights on the mechanisms for stronger legal protections for these rights and identifies priority areas for future research and advocacy initiatives. RRI Tenure Analyst, Chloe Ginsburg, joined the Director of ELI’s International Water Program, Jessica Troell, to provide an overview of this path-breaking study and its findings.

In the Nile Basin, ELI is working in partnership with the Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI) to elevate perspectives from women water leaders and to shine a light on the persistent failure to include women equitably in political decision-making processes related to transboundary waters. Jessica Troell shared the work being done to establish and broaden a network of Women in Water Diplomacy to catalyze more inclusive decision-making in the Nile and beyond.

Chloe Ginsburg, Tenure Analyst, Rights and Resources Initiative
Jessica Troell, Director, International Water Program; Director, Africa Program; and Senior Attorney, Environmental Law Institute


Chloe Ginsburg presentation
Jessica Troell presentation