Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Professor Rock Pring and Kitty Pring, Authors of Ground-Breaking Study on "Environmental Courts and Tribunals," Speak in Chile and Australia

The ground-breaking book Greening Justice: Creating and Improving Environmental Courts and Tribunals, authored by Professor Rock Pring of the University of Denver Sturm College of Law and alternative dispute resolution-expert (and wife) Catherine Pring, continues to generate enormous interest all across the world.

Most recently the Prings were invited to critique the proposed legislation for Chile’s new environmental courts and tribunals (ECT) at the University of Chile Environmental Law Conference in Santiago.

According to Professor Pring, "Chile has just adopted sweeping reforms to their environmental laws and enforcement institutions, of which the new ECT will be a central feature." While there, the Prings advised Chile’s national Environment Minister, the Superintendent of the Environment, and attorneys for the Ministry and Superintendency on the new institution.

In September, they co-presented on “Judicial Challenges with ECTs” at the Australasian Conference of Planning and Environment Courts and Tribunals (ACPECT) in Sydney, Australia, and presented a paper on “Specialized ECTs: The Explosion of New Institutions to Adjudicate Climate Change” at the Conference on Environmental Governance and Democracy co-sponsored by Yale Law School and the United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) in New Haven, CT.

The Prings co-direct the University of Denver Environmental Courts and Tribunals (ECT) Study – which they began in 2007 – researching, writing, and advising about these specialized environmental adjudication bodies. To learn more about the study, please click here.

Professor Pring says, "The goal of the Prings’ ECT Study and book is to provide needed assistance to governments and civil society around the world on how to establish or reform ECTs, with guidance on best practices, in line with the University of Denver’s motto of 'A private university working in the public interest.'”

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