The Oregon Law Public Law and Policy Program is pleased to announce that Giselle Schmitz has been selected as the 2016-7 Hans Linde Fellow. Schmitz, a third-year law student, will study the implications of forced environmental migration by focusing on the disappearance of habitable land on the Marshall Islands. She will present her research at the Public Interest Environmental Law Conference in March 2017.
The Hans Linde Fellowship is designed to encourage students to focus on organizations and issues that span jurisdictional borders and that illustrate the implications of how policy plays out in real situations. Five uninhabited islands of the Marshall Islands have disappeared in recent years, and six other islands have lost large areas of land, displacing villages. Climate change and accelerated sea levels present critical questions for international law and developmental studies in the wake of forced environmental migrations.
The selection committee noted that Schmitz’s research focus exemplifies the need for analysis of legal issues that have many dimensions and involve many jurisdictions. Her work will tackle an issue that is dramatically impacting the lives of individuals, but which requires a focus on multiple areas of regional, national, and international law.
The fellowship is in honor of Hans Linde, former Wayne Morse Chair of Law and Politics and currently the Distinguished Scholar in Residence at Willamette University College of Law. He served as a justice of the Oregon Supreme Court from 1977 to 1990, and is a former professor of law at the University of Oregon. His publications include a course book on legislative and administrative processes and more than 75 articles, lecturers, and reviews. He is a member of the Council of the American Law Institute and a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.
The Linde Project endowment was established to foster inquiry and discussion concerning the law, operations and future development of multistate or multinational institutions that can address problems that extend beyond traditional borders. The Linde Project is situated within the Oregon Law Public Law and Policy Program. It is guided by the law school dean and the center director.