Widener Law event to explore the Constitution as a tool for environmental protection
Public Relations - Published: April 9, 2014
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Widener Law will bring together two dozen speakers from around the world this month for a daylong event centered on its Wilmington, Del. campus that explores the idea of Constitutions as instruments for environmental protection.

“Global Environmental Constitutionalism” will happen Friday, April 11 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. in Polishook Hall rooms 203 and 104 at 4601 Concord Pike. The event is hosted by the student-run Widener Law Review and co-sponsored by the Environmental Law Center at Widener University.

People around the world live under Constitutions that protect environmental rights in some fashion, including by committing to environmental stewardship, recognizing a basic right to a quality environment, guaranteeing a right to water or natural resources and ensuring public participation in environmental decision making. The Widener conference will explore this idea, including how it has been used by other nations.

Under the direction of Professor James R. May, event chair, the law school is bringing together diverse perspectives from academics, policymakers, scholars, students and politicians. The school will host speakers from 11 countries, including Australia, Colombia and Israel, and more from seven states and Washington, D.C. Some will participate through Skype; many others will speak in person. Every continent but Antarctica will be represented.

May, who also co-directs Widener’s Environmental Law Center, said there are two goals for the program.

“First, we want to facilitate a global conversation about the role of environmental constitutionalism in advancing the human condition. And second, we want to showcase the important role that Widener is playing in this emerging area,” he said.

The event is open to the public. Delaware and Pennsylvania attorneys who attend will be eligible for six continuing legal education credits. New Jersey attorneys can self report with a certificate of attendance. Registration is $125 for attorneys who attend for credit, or $100 for Widener Law alumni. The fee includes continental breakfast, lunch and materials. The event is free for students and members of the general public not seeking credit, without meals and materials.

For more information, download the brochure as a pdf. To register, contact Rosemary E. Callahan at 302.477.2014 or recallahan@widener.edu.