(from l to r:) Global Environmental Justice Fellow Annie Shapiro, Andrea Olsen, Professor Percival, John Gustafson, Teal Hinga, Christine Wang, Bill Piermattei, Haley Peterson and Jenny Cameron in downtown Tarragona.
Six students from the Environmental Law Program at the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law elected to spend a portion of their summer vacation – and all of their Independence Day holiday – at the 12th Annual Colloquium of the IUCN Academy of Environmental Law in Tarragona, Spain. From June 30 to July 5, 340 environmental law professors and students from 44 countries gathered to present on and listen to a wide variety of environmental topics.
During the conference, six environmental law students presented papers before audiences that included some of the top experts in the field, including some whom they had cited.
Professor Robert Percival presented "Why Has the Transition from Fossil Fuel to Green Energy Been So Difficult and What Can Be Done to Facilitate It?" to a plenary session of the Colloquium, and Environmental Law Program Managing Director William Piermattei made a presentation on Dr. Michael Mann’s defamation suit against climate change deniers (Mann v. National Review, Inc. et al., 8263-12, DC Superior Court).
Percival was also honored by the Academy during the closing dinner on July 4, receiving the Senior Distinguished Environmental Law Education Award.
The Academy also held a book launch event for “Global Environmental Law at a Crossroads,“ a new book co-edited by Percival, Piermattei, and Professor Jolene Lin from the University of Hong Kong, containing chapters from 22 contributors to the 2012 IUCN Academy Colloquium that was hosted by the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law.
The students' participation in the Colloquium was funded by the Joel D. and Ellen S. Fedder Environmental Law Fund and, under a new gift from Joel and Ellen Fedder, the six students will now be recognized as Fedder Environmental Fellows for the 2014-2015 academic year.