Monday, November 17, 2008
The 6th Annual Colloquium of the IUCN Academy of Environmental Law was hugely successful thanks to the fine strategic and organizational efforts of Jose Juan Gonzalez, the conference organizer from Mexico City's Autonomous University of Mexico (UAM). US environmental law luminaries included: Dinah Shelton; Dick Ottinger, Ann Powers, and Nick Robinson of Pace University; David Hodas and John Dernbach (who I actually never saw-but I was told he was there) of Widener University; Jackie Hand of Seattle U; and Melissa Powers of Lewis & Clark. This was my first time going to the Colloquium because of its inconvenient fall timing...but it was more than worth it and I hope to go next year, when the Colloquium will gather in Huang, China, an industrial city towards the center of China not too far from the 3 Gorges Dam along the Yangtze River. The dates of the Colloquium are in early November, although the Academy's leadership is checking the dates of Ramaden to determine whether there is a conflict.