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March 10, 2010

‘Saving the Planet for Future Generations’ Panel Features Environmental Law Scholar Edith Brown Weiss Today

Edith Brown Weiss, the Francis Cabell Brown Professor of International Law at Georgetown University, will be the featured panelist for the Wayne Morse Law Fellows symposium, “Saving the Planet for Future Generations.” The panel discussion takes place from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Thursday, March 11, in Knight Law Center 175.

Professor Brown Weiss is active in the areas of public international, environmental, and water resources law. Her past professional experience includes positions as associate general counsel for International Activities at the U.S. Environmental Protection agency, assistant professor of civil engineering and politics at Princeton University, and research associate at Columbia University and the Brookings Institution. She is the former chairperson of the Inspection Panel at the World Bank and the author of In Fairness to Future Generations: International Law, Common Patrimony, and Intergenerational Equity (1989).

In addition to Brown Weiss, symposium panelists include:

Brent Newell, legal director at the Center on Race, Poverty, and the Environment in San Francisco. As an environmental justice advocate, he represents low-income communities and communities of color in a variety of contexts, including climate justice and air quality issues.

Mary Wood, Philip H. Knight Professor of Law at the University of Oregon and director of the Environmental and Natural Resources Program. She is writing a book titled, Nature’s Trust: Environmental Law for a New Ecological Age.

John Davidson, instructor in the UO Political Science Department. He teaches a class on intergenerational justice and constitutional law. Davidson is working on a project titled, “Taking Posterity Seriously: Intergenerational Justice and the United States Constitution.”

Jeremy Blanchard, student activist majoring in Environmental Studies. He was the co-director for PowerShift West Conference 2009 and a representative of the Cascade Climate Network at the 2009 Copenhagen Climate Change Treaty sessions.


Tim Ream, environmental activist and Wayne Morse Law Fellow. He served as an extern for the United Nations Climate Secretariat in Bonn, Germany, in preparation for the Copenhagen treaty negotiation sessions.

This event is sponsored by the Wayne Morse Center for Law and Politics, the Environmental and Natural Resources Law Program, the University of Oregon Women’s Law Forum, and the University of Oregon Humanities Center.

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