WEBINAR - Collecting and Reporting Evidence of Environmental Law Violations: Tools That Work for Citizens


Date & Time: June 13, 2019, 10:00 AM to 11:30 AM

Where: Environmental Law Institute, 1730 M Street, NW, Suite 700, Washington, DC 20036 and via Webinar

Around the world, significant progress has been made to establish legal frameworks for environmental protection. Many of these laws can help to put a stop to pollution or conserve natural resources in the United States, as well as foreign countries and international waters. However, the success of these laws is greatly hindered by a lack of enforcement. Oftentimes, everyday citizens have evidence of environmental wrongdoing, or could easily collect it, but lack the know how to report such evidence to the authorities, or otherwise follow up on required procedures. Although various initiatives have been launched to engage citizens in environmental monitoring, few of these initiatives connect citizens with the law enforcement process. How can environmental monitoring initiatives fully harness the power of concerned citizens in the U.S. and around the world? Which laws consider and foster the engagement of citizens in the enforcement of environmental law, and how can these laws be better implemented to educate and motivate citizens while protecting them from retaliation?

Please join INECE, ELI, NWC, and expert panelists for this co-sponsored seminar focused on a critical component of environmental law enforcement: educating and empowering citizens in the U.S. and abroad. This seminar is the final of the 2019 Discussion Series that has been examining how whistleblower laws, emerging technologies, and citizen engagement are transforming the landscape of environmental enforcement today.



·        LeRoy C. Paddock, Associate Dean for Environmental Studies, George Washington University Law School, Moderator

·        Shaun Goho, Deputy Director of Emmett Environmental Law & Policy Clinic, Harvard Law School

·        John Kostyack, Executive Director, National Whistleblower Center

·        Lea Shanley, Co-Executive Director, South Big Data Innovation Hub


Avital Li | Research Associate

Environmental Law Institute

1730 M St. NW, Suite 700

Washington, DC 20036