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The Center for International Environmental Law (CIEL) is a public interest, not-for-profit environmental law firm founded in 1989 in the United States to strengthen international and comparative environmental law and policy around the world. With offices in Washington, DC and Geneva, Switzerland, CIEL’s staff of international attorneys provide legal counsel and advocacy, policy research and capacity building in the areas of biodiversity, chemicals, climate change, human rights and the environment, international financial institutions, law and communities, plastic, and trade and sustainable development. Carroll Muffett is the current president.[1]

CIEL is incorporated as a U.S. nonprofit organization designated by the IRS as a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt charity.[2]

Areas of Focus

CIEL's work is divided into three programs: Climate & Energy; Environmental Health; and People, Land, and Resources.

The organization released a number of reports: Smoke and Fumes[3] examined the oil and gas industry's efforts to fund the science and propaganda of climate denial, and is regularly cited in climate litigation against carbon majors. The organization's series Plastic and Climate,[4] and Plastic and Health[5] continues to be featured in publications that seek to explain the impact of the plastic crisis on health, climate, and the environment.[citation needed] Beginning in 2020, the organization released reports that examined the oil, gas, and petrochemical industry's attempts to use the COVID-19 pandemic for their own gain.[6]

Internships and fellowships

CIEL offers an intern/extern/fellowship program.[7] Over its 30 years, CIEL has trained more than 350 interns from 53 countries.[citation needed]

See also

  1. ^ "Carroll Muffett". Center for International Environmental Law. Retrieved 2021-11-17.
  2. ^ "Guidestar Profile for Center for International Environmental Law".
  3. ^ "Smoke & Fumes". www.smokeandfumes.org. Retrieved 2020-12-05.
  4. ^ "Plastic & Climate: The Hidden Costs of a Plastic Planet (May 2019)". Center for International Environmental Law. Retrieved 2020-12-05.
  5. ^ "Plastic & Health: The Hidden Costs of a Plastic Planet (February 2019)". Center for International Environmental Law. Retrieved 2020-12-05.
  6. ^ "Pandemic Crisis, Systemic Decline: Why Exploiting the COVID-19 Crisis Will Not Save the Oil, Gas, and Plastic Industries (April 2020)". Center for International Environmental Law. Retrieved 2020-12-05.
  7. ^ "Jobs/Internships". Center for International Environmental Law. Retrieved 2020-12-05.