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Environmental Law Alliance Worldwide - ELAW

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Environment, Natural Resources Conservation & Protection

Mission: Educational & charitable. To provide legal and scientific information to public interest attorneys and scientists in numerous countries. To provide technical support and training to non-governmental organizations.

Geographic areas served: The Environmental Law Alliance Worldwide (ELAW) helps communities speak out for clean air, clean water, and a healthy planet. We are a global alliance of attorneys, scientists and other advocates collaborating across borders to promote grassroots efforts to build a sustainable, just future.

Programs: legal & scientific support, capacity building, Fellows Program, defending environmental advocacy around the world

Community Stories

34 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Donor

Rating: 5

I'm not a public interest attorney or scientist. I am however, a grateful citizen appreciative of the work ELAW does around the world to make it safer, cleaner, and more equitable for its inhabitants. I cannot do the work they do, but I can and have supported them financially and philosophically for nearly twenty years.

Client Served

Rating: 5

It helps to interact with a wide network of highly knowledgeable and passionate people. We’ve solved issues that would have otherwise been impossible.

Client Served

Rating: 5

ELAW has provided valuable consultation on pesticides, logging, biodiversity in forests, hydropower plants, captured dolphins, waste management, climate change, and much more.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

During my time at ELAW, I learned so much about international environmental politics, and development. I was inspired to change my academic focus from pre-law to political ecology and natural resource economics. Working at ELAW motivated me to pursue my interest in the Peace Corps.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Support from ELAW is an invaluable asset. Having access to ELAW's expertise has increased my capacity as a lawyer, and helps share our strategies for challenging coal.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have volunteered often with ELAW, and have experienced first hand the amount of dedication and versatility that they offer. Everyone is helpful and passionate about their work which is consistently successful and thorough. I have learned so much through the various projects I have been involved in and the guidance I have received while working at this non-profit. ELAW is a truly organized and committed non-profit who excels in environmental work.

Donor

Rating: 5

As scientists, we appreciate the importance of bringing science together with law to protect communities and the planet – ELAW does this effectively all over the world.

Donor

Rating: 5

I love ELAW and am honored to be able to contribute to their work. It brings me hope to know there are people fighting the good fight for the planet.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

ELAW is a nonprofit that is adamant about promoting environmental justice on a global scale by using science and law. As a volunteer, my career and personal interests were met while completing work for the organization. Volunteering at ELAW exposed me to the importance of science in formulating just, factual, and influential policy.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I worked with ELAW this summer and had an all-around excellent experience in their office! The staff is professional, hard-working, and welcoming. The entire team showed an endless dedication to supporting communities around the world that are fighting for responsible environmental policies. I cannot rate this organization highly enough!

Volunteer

Rating: 4

I volunteered at ELAW this year and it was an amazing experience. Everyone who works there is incredibly welcoming, respectful, and intelligent. They make the effort to get to know you and give you the opportunity to get to know them. I was constantly inspired and impressed by all staff members and I am thankful for the opportunity.

Board Member

Rating: 5

As a professor of environmental law for 40 years, I have long been impressed by the dedication and creativity of ELAW. I helped found ELAW more than 25 years ago, with local public interest advocates in 9 countries as the co-founders.

Most notable about ELAW is the concern each staff member shows for support of empowerment of local advocates around the world. The staff is the most stable and caring of any organization I have ever known. And it shows in results. Public interest lawyers and scientists in their home countries are achieving remarkable victories -- all with the support of the ELAW staff.

ELAW is unique. Other environmental law organizations in the United States who try to work internationally do not have the unremitting focus on LOCAL empowerment that ELAW has. ELAW does not dominate; it facilitates. And in the process, environmental law advocates in more than 70 countries grow their expertise and experience. They are the ones who will be available to the citizens in their countries for decades to come. They never leave. ELAW helps them be great.

Donor

Rating: 5

I have followed ELAW from its inception and I am so impressed with its core mission - an alliance of independently operating public interest attorneys in countries around the world - and the way it meets that mission - with amazing intelligence, integrity, concern for the health of the world's environment (and each other) and good humor

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've always admired ELAW and the work they do for the global environmental community. I started off as a translation volunteer and was offered to intern for them. I have learned so much during my time here, not only about environmental advocacy, but about legal processes, nonprofit administration and grant funding. The staff here love what they do and are very respectful.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

It’s been years since I first heard the amazing job that ELAW does to protect the environment around the world. I now have the honor to volunteer as a summer legal intern, and it has been one of the best experiences of my life. The staff is extremely nice, welcoming, and very passionate about environmental protection. I worked with different environmental law issues and it was very inspiring to contribute to support environmental lawyers in their fight for a healthy environment in every corner of the world. Go ELAW!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am volunteering with ELAW this summer and have been amazed by the work that they do here. The staff is friendly, passionate and dedicated to addressing environmental injustice across the globe. By combining legal and scientific expertise, ELAW successfully helps partners across the globe build stronger cases to protect the environment. This experience has been incredibly educational and inspiring!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been interning with ELAW this summer and have experienced first hand, the dedication and passion for environmental protection that each member of the staff holds. I am truly grateful to have this experience with such an important organization that does everything in its power to support grassroots environmental efforts across the globe.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I volunteered with ELAW for their annual meeting and was blown away by how welcoming and friendly all of their staff and affiliates were. They provide an important service to our community, as well as globally by advocating for environmental protection. I feel really lucky to have had the opportunity to help host environmental lawyers and activists from all over the world and to have contributed, albeit minutely, to such an important cause.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I had a great time volunteering with ELAW. Everyone was so kind, helpful, and instructive to me, and I learned a lot while getting involved! The people I met were dedicated and hard working individuals. I would definitely volunteer again in the future. They do amazing and important work.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

After spending several years working within tourism and recreation industries abroad, I came back home to Oregon hoping to become involved with a non-profit dedicated to environmental protection.
A friend of mine pointed me in the direction of ELAW, and I have had the privilege to assist a phenomenal group of people who are dedicated in every way to environmental justice for people all over the world. It's truly incredible to see the changes that are taking place throughout the world through legal precedent and activism, and the role that ELAW plays in the movement towards a healthier and safer earth.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I started volunteering with ELAW in early 2017 after recently moving to Eugene. They were enormously welcoming and encouraging, and have allowed me to work on a number of interesting projects. ELAW is able to build productive relationships between the scientists and lawyers they work with, making international efforts to protect the environment all the more effective. ELAW is driven by a group of experienced and hardworking people who are passionate in their advocacy for the environment.