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Center for Environment Law (CIEL) 

The Center for International Environmental Law (CIEL) is a nonprofit organization working to use international law and institutions to protect the environment, promote human health, and ensure a just and sustainable society. CIEL provides a wide range of services including legal counsel, policy research, analysis, advocacy, education, training, and capacity building.

CIEL's goals are to:

  • solve environmental problems and promote sustainable societies through the use of law;
  • incorporate fundamental principles of ecology and justice into international law;
  • strengthen national environmental law systems and support public interest movements around the world; and
  • educate and train public interest-minded environmental lawyers.

More information about CIEL can be found on its website.


Responsibilities of fellows and interns include researching and writing about areas of international law and policy; assisting with policy analysis and advocacy; attending meetings and conferences; assisting with the production of CIEL publications; and otherwise working closely with CIEL staff on various projects. The Geneva office focuses on issues related to chemicals, nanotechnology, the convergence between human rights and the environment, and related issues such as climate change and trade issues. Students will carry out legal research, supervised by the attorneys, and will be responsible for the production of at least one substantive policy, legal, or analytical brief. Students are expected to attend meetings with and on behalf of attorneys and to provide short written reports on the meetings. CIEL also generally has dispute settlement cases ongoing in either human rights courts, arbitral proceedings, or panels at the World Trade Organization, and all interns and fellows are expected to contribute to research, writing, production, and delivery of briefs produced by CIEL. While interns generally work with a single attorney, they are expected to be available for a broad range of work covered by the office.