Founded in 1989, the nonprofit Washington, D.C.- and Geneva, Switzerland-based Center for International Environmental Law (CIEL) is a public-interest law firm focused on building awareness of international and comparative environmental law and policy. Its website, located at http://www.ciel.org/, provides an in-depth look at this organization's mission and its ongoing work to promote law-based solutions to the myriad environmental concerns facing countries around the world.
CIEL has a four-part mission: to solve environmental problems and promote sustainable societies through the use of law; to incorporate fundamental principles of ecology and justice into international law; to strengthen national environmental law systems and support public interest movements around the world; and to educate and train public-interest-minded environmental lawyers. To this end, CIEL provides a range of environmental legal services in both international and comparative national law, including policy research and publication, advice and advocacy, education and training, and institution building.
The CIEL homepage features links to 8 program areas (biodiversity, biotechnology, climate change, human rights, international financial institutions, law and communities, persistent organic pollutants, and trade and sustainable development). For each program area, visitors will find a brief rundown of the latest-breaking related news items of relevance to policy makers and practitioners of environmental law (archives of CIEL news dating back to 1999 can be accessed through the Announcements link on the homepage). …