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Rule of Law and the Environment: Rights, Resources, and Governance

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On January 19, 2016, the University of South Carolina Rule of Law Collaborative, in cooperation with the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, will host "Rule of Law and the Environment: Rights, Resources and Governance," a JusTRAC symposium that will focus on the intersection between rule of law issues and the environment. Discussion will focus on how rule of law plays a role in environmental harm and resource instability and how environment concerns and resource scarcity in turn create rule of law problems. The symposium will bring together leading figures from key U.S. Government agencies, multilateral organizations, policy groups, non-governmental organizations and academia to consider the core issues as well as strategies and efforts to address rule of law challenges in the context of the environment.
Visit the JusTRAC Symposia website for the complete program and to register.
Keynote Address
John C. Cruden, Assistant Attorney General
Environment & Natural Resources Division, Department of Justice
Lunch Remarks
Ian Urbina, Senior Investigative Reporter, The New York Times
Author of The Outlaw Ocean

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  • Patricia Beneke

    Regional Director for North America, United Nations Environment Programme
  • Allen Blackman

    Senior Fellow, Resources for the Future
  • John Cruden

    Environmental Law Institute
  • Roger-Mark De Souza

    Global Fellow and Advisor
    Former Director of Population, Environmental Security, and Resilience
  • Josh Eagle

    Solomon Blatt Professor of Law, University of South Carolina
  • Shelley Gardner

    Illegal Logging Program Coordinator, USDA Forest Service, International Programs
  • Bob Gifford

    Director, INL/CAP, Department of State
  • Engobo Emeseh

    Senior Lecturer, Department of Law and Criminology, Aberystwyth University
  • Chris Jochnick

    President and CEO, Landesa
  • Charles E. Di Leva

    Chief Counsel, Environmental and International Law Unit, The World Bank
  • John Pendergrass

    Vice President, Programs and Publications, Environmental Law Institute
  • Nathan Richardson

    Assistant Professor, University of South Carolina School of Law
  • Joel Samuels

    Director, Rule of Law Collaborative, University of South Carolina
  • Elisa Scalise

    Director & Co-Founder, Resource Equity
  • Daniel Schaeffer

    Ending Illegal Fishing Project, The Pew Charitable Trusts (former U.S. Coast Guard)
  • Nitin Sekar

    AAAS Science-Policy Fellow, USAID
  • Ethan Shenkman

    Deputy General Counsel, Environmental Protection Agency
  • Thomas W. Swegle

    Senior Counsel, Law and Policy Section, Environment and Natural Resources Division, Department of Justice
  • Ian Urbina

    Senior Investigative Reporter, New York Times