Maryland Carey Law Faculty and Students Present at the 16th IUCN Academy Colloquium

Three faculty, one student, and two recent graduates of Maryland Carey Law presented at the 16th Annual Colloquium of the IUCN Academy of Environmental Law in Glasgow, Scotland. They were among 400 participants from nearly 40 countries who attended the Colloquium, a new record for the Academy. The theme of the colloquium, which was held at the University of Strathclyde from July 3-6, was “The Transformation of Environmental Law and Governance: Innovation, Risk and Resilience.” 

Environmental Law Program Director Robert Percival, joined by rising 3L Alex Belman, presented a history of innovation in environmental law and policy. Their presentation traced the evolution of innovations such as protected areas, freedom of information, environmental impact assessment, emissions trading, and pollution disclosure requirements. Percival also gave a presentation on the challenges of teaching environmental law at a special pre-colloquium Teaching and Capacity-Building Workshop on July 2.

Environmental Law Clinic Director Seema Kakade presented on the oceans, energy and climate change panel at the colloquium. Her talk focused on air emissions from large ships in international waters and how to ensure that such ships are complying with relevant standards. Professor Kakade’s talk enabled her to make connections with professors from several countries with experience and interest in port management issues. She also was able to compare notes on potential projects with several professors who supervise environmental law clinics.

Environmental Law Program Managing Director Bill Piermattei and Devon Harman '18 presented the results of their research on low-tech water recycling as a possible solution to water scarcity and wastewater management problems in the West Bank. Their research was a product of a multidisciplinary field trip to the Middle East last year by students from the University of Maryland’s schools of law, business, and public health.

Maxine Phillips '18 participated in a poster session presenting her research on the implications of President Trump’s “2-for-1” executive order, which requires the repeal of two existing regulations for every new regulation issued. She tested the administration’s claim that it was simply repeating successful regulatory reforms adopted in Australia and other countries.

Maryland Carey Law’s environmental law partnership with Pace University currently serves as the secretariat for the IUCN Academy of Environmental Law, founded in 2003. Pace hosted the Academy’s fourth colloquium in 2006 and Maryland hosted the tenth colloquium in 2012. Next year’s colloquium will be held in Malaysia in early August 2019.