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Faculty and Students Present at Global Environmental Law Conference in Norway

Faculty and students from Maryland Carey Law made presentations at a global environmental law conference in Norway held from June 20-24.  Professors Robert Percival and Mike Pappas, and students Pratik Agarwal, Daniel Bosworth, Brieanah Schwartz, Zhang Zhouxian and Catherine McGrath participated in the 14th Colloquium of the IUCN Academy of Environmental Law. The conference, which was held at the University of Oslo, was attended by 322 faculty, students and judges from every part of the world.

The theme of the conference was “The Environment in Court.” Maryland Carey Law attendees presented on a variety of topics:

  • Professor Percival spoke on “The Top Judicial Decisions in the History of Global Environmental Law;”
  • Bosworth compared how courts around the world deal with expert testimony in environmental cases;
  • Schwartz presented a paper comparing requirements for standing to sue in various countries;
  • Zhouxian examined what Chinese environmental courts can learn from the experience of the U.S. judiciary; and
  • McGrath addressed how concepts of market share liability could be used in future environmental cases to allocate liability for problems like climate change. 

The conference enabled the students to meet several of the international scholars whose work they had cited in their papers. They also were able to attend an opening reception at Oslo City Hall where the Nobel Peace Prize is awarded each year.

At a workshop on teaching environmental law, Professor Pappas demonstrated the technology he will use in his Climate Change Seminar to enable it to be taught next spring simultaneously at Maryland Carey Law and Pace University’s Haub School of Law.

[Related: Maryland Carey Law and Pace Law School Form Environmental Law Alliance

The IUCN Academy of Environmental Law has nearly 200 member institutions from more than 60 countries.  At the conference opening, a film about the Academy made by John Brosnan, senior technology specialist from Maryland Carey Law, made its global debut.  

Maryland Carey Law had the largest delegation of students presenting at the conference.  Student travel to the conference was funded by the Fedder Scholars Fund established through the generosity of the late Joel Fedder.  


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