February 24, 2021 - February 26, 2021


This conference is co-sponsored by ALI CLE and the Environmental Law Institute.

Why You Should Attend

Five decades ago -- just after the first national environmental law was passed, ALI CLE and ELI began offering the first national CLE on the subject. Now in our 51st year, we are still at it: helping lawyers understand the key current environmental law issues that their clients need them to know.

Although we can’t gather together in DC this year as we have for the last 50, you can still get the latest developments in air, water, endangered species, climate change, chemicals, renewable energy as well as what’s to come from the newly reconfigured Supreme Court and what may be coming under the Biden-Harris administration and a new Congress. Our national faculty of seasoned private practitioners, governmental officials, law professors, and public interest advocates will keep you current and alert you to changes in the many facets of environmental law affecting your practice and your clients.

What You Will Learn

Expand your comprehensive understanding and be on alert for the changes underway today and in the future. Even if your practice is specialized, this high-level program will brief you on the key issues arising in each of the major areas of environmental law and their intersections. This year’s topics include, but are not limited to:

  • likely priorities of the Biden-Harris administration
  • environmental justice
  • PFAS and other emerging contaminants
  • recent and upcoming environmental cases before the Supreme Court
  • counseling clients before, during, and after natural and man-made disasters
  • climate change litigation and regulation
  • water quality regulation
  • key developments in offshore wind and other renewable permitting

Register today! Don’t miss this opportunity to invest in yourself and your practice.

Who Should Attend

This webcast series will benefit private and governmental attorneys who are engaged in the practice of environmental law as well as environmental consultants, in-house attorneys, and public interest attorneys.

Schedule, Faculty, CLE & More

Please visit the event page for the latest information.

February 25, 2021

An ELI Public Webinar

A decade of research in the 1970s and 80s resulted in a fateful discovery: the ozone layer, which protects living things from harmful ultraviolet radiation, was not only depleting, but had, and significantly dissipated over Antarctica. This discovery accelerated an unprecedented global response that resulted in perhaps the most remarkable environmental international agreement to date: the Montreal Protocol.

The Montreal Protocol is a multilateral environmental agreement designed to phase out ozone-depleting substances (ODSs). It was ratified in 1989, only four years after the discovery of the ozone hole, and targeted chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) and hydrochlorofluorocarbons (HCFCs), which remove ozone in the stratosphere. At the time, CFCs and HCFCs were ubiquitous in household appliances such as air conditioners, refrigerators, and freezers. Since the ratification of the Montreal Protocol, ozone levels in the atmosphere have shown significant recovery, and in 2019, reports indicated the ozone hole was the smallest it has been since 1982, making the Montreal Protocol one of the most successful international agreements to date.

Join ELI and expert panelists intimately involved in the development, creation, and facilitation of the Montreal Protocol for a roundtable discussion to commemorate the success of this significant agreement, including how they successfully collaborated across multiple administrations, highlighting the challenges faced, and extrapolate lessons that can be applied to future global agreements and environmental governance.

Maram T. Salaheldin, Associate, Clark Hill, Moderator
Stephen O. Andersen, Director of Research, Institute for Governance and Sustainable Development
Wayne Balta, Vice President, Corporate Environmental Affairs & Product Safety, IBM Corporation
Eileen Claussen, Executive-in Residence, Love School of Business, Elon University
David Doniger, Senior Strategic Director, Climate & Clean Energy Program, Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC)
Steven Shimberg, Principal, SJSolutions PLLC
Durwood Zaelke, Founder and President, Institute for Governance & Sustainable Development

ELI members have subsequent access to materials/a recording of this session (usually posted w/in 48 hours). If you are not an ELI member but would like to have access to archived sessions like this one, go HERE to see the many benefits of membership and how to join.

February 25, 2021

An ELI Webinar

Over the last couple of decades, ocean stewardship efforts have started focusing more on such ocean governance approaches as the creation and enforcement of marine protected areas (MPAs) and the implementation of sustainable fisheries practices, including small-scale fisheries (SSF) co-management. The implementation of these approaches always requires the enactment of a legal mechanism.

The Environmental Law Institute recently published the Law and Governance Toolkit for Sustainable Small-Scale Fisheries: Best Regulatory Practices. This Toolkit presents a methodology for assessing the reforms needed to strengthen SSF governance and offers examples of model regulatory language for the core governance elements. The Toolkit particularly focuses on creating and implementing co-management mechanisms, and also addresses related elements, including exclusive fishing rights for SSF communities, creation of exclusive zones for SSF, effective monitoring and enforcement, long-term conservation and sustainable use, and regulatory implementation of area-based management. Bridging legal research and country implementation, the Toolkit was developed in close cooperation with Parliamentarians for Global Action, an international network of democratically elected lawmakers promoting human rights and security.

Our webinar brings together drafters of the Toolkit, representatives from Parliamentarians for Global Action, and other experts to discuss how legal reforms can strengthen small-scale fisheries governance, as well as the role the new SSF Toolkit can play. Presentations will be followed by a discussion with the webinar’s participants.

Please register for the webinar here.

Xiao Recio-Blanco, Director of the Ocean Program, Environmental Law Institute
Leyla Nikjou, Policy Consultant and Senior Advisor, Oceans Campaign, Parliamentarians for Global Action
Hon. Marcela Aguiñaga, MP, former Minister of the Environment, Ecuador
Rocío Parra Cortés, Researcher, Center for the Law of the Sea, and PhD candidate at the University of Alcalá (Spain) and Pontifical Catholic University of Valparaíso (Chile)
Rocky Sanchez Tirona, Vice-President, Rare Philippines