Center for International Environmental Law
CIEL is a public-interest environmental law organization. Its mission is to protect the global environment and human health while promoting sustainable development. CIEL envisions a just and sustainable society that is based on the rule of law, honors local communities and exists within the limits of global ecosystems.
CIEL provides legal services in international and comparative national law, including policy research and publications, advice and advocacy, education and train- ing, and institution building. CIEL’s programmes include biodiversity, climate change, persistent organic pollutants, law and communities, human rights and the environment,trade and sustainable development, and international financial institutions and export credit agencies.
CIEL’s Geneva office has a strong focus on the interrelationship between trade, investment, environment and development. Particular attention is given to developments at the World Trade Organization and the World Intellectual Property Organization, with a view to reform the global framework of economic law, policy and institutions. CIEL also focuses on developments at the regional levels, including the negotiation and implementation of regional and bilateral trade and investment agreements. Working towards a more balanced global economy that is environmentally sustainable and beneficial to all people in a more equitable way, CIEL provides support to national missions and inter-governmental and non-governmental organizations. CIEL also has a strong tradition of educating public-spirited lawyers and building institutional capacity through its teaching and training programmes, including its internship and fellowship programme.
CIEL works with NGOs, governments and international organizations from its offices in Washington D.C., USA, and Geneva, Switzerland.
A list of publications, including the South Centre/CIEL IP Quarterly Update, various legal briefs, articles and material relating to trade and sustainable development, is available on the website.