Center for International Environmental Law (CIEL)
Center for International Environmental Law (CIEL)

Founding Year: 1989

Staff: 28

Budget: $3,4m (2019)

Carroll Muffett (President & CEO)

A non-profit research center that aims to use “the law to protect the environment, promote human health, and ensure a just and sustainable society.” Consequently, it conducts “legal research and advocacy as well as education and training, with a focus on connecting global challenges to the experiences of communities on the ground.” Furthermore, the center provides an intern program that educates the future generation of environmental advocates.

Issue areas:


  • Climate & Energy Program (C&E): addresses climate change issues through international law.
  • Environmental Health Program (EH): continuously strives to improve the regulation of toxic chemicals worldwide.
  • People, Land, & Resources Program (PLR): seeks to counter the negative effects development might have on human rights and the environment.



  • International Environmental Law Award: awarded annually to institutions in recognition of their exceptional contributions to international environmental law.
  • Frederick Anderson Climate Change Award: awarded bi-annually to individuals who showcase outstanding initiative and contribution in addressing climate change.


Center for International Environmental Law (CIEL) contributes to the following Sustainable Development Goals

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