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Since its founding in 1989, CIEL has advocated in the global public interest and supported progressive efforts by civil society to empower its voice. Working creatively and effectively, CIEL provides services such as legal counsel, policy research, analysis, education, training, and capacity building.

CIEL’s global partners include individuals, communities, national governments, and nongovernmental and intergovernmental organizations, which look to CIEL for leadership in:

  • Finding solutions to environmental problems and promoting sustainable societies through the use of law.
  • Incorporating fundamental principles of ecology and justice into international law.
  • Strengthening national environmental law systems and supporting public interest movements around the world.
  • Educating and training public-interest-minded environmental lawyers.


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