Center for International Environmental Law

In Brief

1989, Washington; 14 staff;


(1989, Washington;

Mission: “A world where the law reflects the interconnection between humans and the environment, respects the limits of the planet, protects the dignity and equality of each person, and encourages all of earth’s inhabitants to live in balance with each other.”  Strategy: “Four cross-cutting legal levers for systemic-change”: 1) Strengthening international law to protect the environment; 2) Empowering communities to use international environmental law; 3) Establishing new global standards for international financial flows; 4) Increasing transboundary corporate accountability.  Efforts focused on: protecting children and families from toxic risks; accelerating the transition from fossil fuels; slowing the expansion of minerals mining and other extractive industries; and safeguarding forest peoples and biodiversity. 100 publications in each of these domains, e.g., Extraterritorial Obligations in the Context of Eco-destruction and Climate Change (Jan 2015), annual reports, and financial statements.  Honors individuals and institutions through the International Environmental Law and the Frederick Anderson Climate Change Awards, the latter going in 2014 to Dr. James Hansen, formerly Director of the NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies. 39 Advisors, including John H. Adams (Founding Director, Natural Resources Defense Council). Budget: ~$2.5M/year.  President: Carroll Muffett.  15 Staff.

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