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Environmental Law Institute

The Institute serves the environmental profession in business, government, the private bar, public interest organizations, academia, and the press. The goal of the ELI is to improve environmental protection through law, policy, and management.
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2000 L Street, NW
Washington , DC 20036
Contact Person: Rose Edmonds
Phone: (202) 939-3800
Fax: (202) 939-3868
E-Mail: rose@eli.org
Website: http://www.eli.org

Detailed Information:
The ELI has many important research and education programs underway. Among the most visible is ELI's Endangered Environmental Laws program designed to educate the profession and the public on the growing challenges to the constitutional foundations of national and, in some cases, state environmental law in the courts today. ELI's view is straightforward. We believe the national laws under attack have produced huge environmental benefits in the United States, that the system of cooperative federalism has given us a reasonable balance of national standards and state initiative and program execution, and that the arguments that these laws exceed the constitutional authority of Congress are simply wrong. ELI's Board of Directors has adopted procedures that would allow ELI to file amicus briefs countering constitutional claims in carefully selected cases. We have not yet done so, but we are ready when a proper case presents itself. We are also continuing to hold seminars and publish studies and articles dealing with cases where interpretations of major environmental statutes are in question.

Outside the United States, ELI continues to play a leadership role in the promotion of better environmental governance and sustainable development in Africa, India, and Latin America. Our work on community involvement in siting and regulation of mining led to a monograph on Prior Informed Consent. Grants from the Rockefeller Foundation and the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation enabled ELI and its partners in Africa to produce a comprehensive survey of laws, policies, and institutions in 12 African states governing access to genetic resources. We have worked with the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI) and the Environmental Management and Policy Research Institute (EMPRI) in India to develop model training programs for environmental managers in factories, initiatives funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development and the General Electric Company.

ELI's Associates Program strives to be a place where environmental professionals from all sectors can debate current hot issues from different perspectives. The debate continues in our policy journal, The Environmental Forum, where our Associates can count on finding features and columns that will interest, excite, or annoy them depending on the reader and the topic. The Environmental Law Reporter continues to win awards for its articles, and ELI's output of books was way up in 2003. A series of books on land use management topics and methods has been especially well received. Our environmental law education programs with the American Law Institute and the American Bar Association continue to set the standard for excellence in professional training.

One thing is already clear: we mean to keep on providing thoughtful, objective, non-partisan analysis and education programs to advance environmental protection and improve environmental governance and to continue to earn our reputation as an honest broker of ideas and opinions in the process.

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