Last Thursday some of our GEP students had the pleasure of attending the Fourth Al-Moumin Award and Distinguished Lecture on Environmental Peacebuilding at the Environmental Law Institute, sponsored by both American University and the United Nations Environment Program. This year’s award was given to Ambassador Marie G. Jacobsson, Special Rapporteur for the United Nations International Law Commission and Principle Legal Advisor on International Law for the Swedish Ministry for Foreign Affairs. Ambassador Jacobsson has worked for three years with the International Law Commission on the topic Protection of the Environment in Relation to Armed Conflict, and shared with the audience some of the takeaways from her most recent report, including the importance of addressing environmental harm that results from armed conflict, the limitations of modern international law on the issue, and the overlap with human rights and refugee law. AU Professor Ken Conca provided commentary, discussing the positive aspects of international law leading to the diffusion of the best practices and leading through standardization. The Al-Moumin award acknowledges leaders in the field of environmental peacebuilding, and Ambassador Jacobsson is well deserving of the recognition.
Written by Chris Ververis (GEP Class of ’16)
On March 15, 2015, four GEP students took a tour of the West Wing of the White House. The tour included the Rose Garden, Cabinet Room, Roosevelt Room, Oval Office, and the Press Briefing Room (pictured). Chris Ververis was an intern in Spring 2015 for the White House Council on Environmental Quality, Office of Public Engagement, and had the opportunity to invite a few other other students on a rare tour of the West Wing. Continue reading