New Directions in Environmental Law: A Climate of Possibility

Yale Law School

April 2, 2011

Please join us this April 2nd to stir up a new climate of possibility. This first conference of the New Directions in Environmental Law Series, hosted by the Yale Environmental Law Student Association, challenges the present and imagines the future of environmental law and scholarship. 

Keynote Speaker: Liza Heinzerling. Also featuring Bruce Ackerman, Alejandro Camacho, Jedediah Purdy, Michael Gerrard, Catherine O'Neill, and Robert Verchick. Workshop topics include Indigenous Peoples, Human Rights Law, and the Environment; State Level Solutions to Energy; Labor and the Environment; Agriculture (both domestic and international); and more.


One workshop may be of particular interest to the Forum community:


4:45-5:45 pm

Presenters: Ms. Nicole Friederichs and Professor Lorie M. Graham

Nicole Friederichs is an attorney specializing in federal Indian law, indigenous peoples rights and international human rights law.  She has developed a monitoring framework for the implementation of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, been part of on-going efforts of the Western Shoshone tribe and Maya peoples of Belize to protect their indigenous lands and natural resources, and has worked on several jurisdictional cases between Native American tribes and New England states. Prior to practicing law, Nicole worked in the international development sector supporting community development and education programs located in West Africa. She holds a LLM in Indigenous Peoples Law and Policy from the University of Arizona, a JD from Suffolk University Law School, and is a graduate of Mount Holyoke College and the London School of Economics.”

Lorie M. Graham is a Professor of Law at Suffolk University Law School in Boston Massachusetts, where she teaches courses on Indigenous Peoples’ Rights,  Property, and International Human Rights.   She holds an LL.M from Harvard Law School and a J.D. from Syracuse University.  Professor Graham has served as legal consultant on a range of matters impacting indigenous nations in the United States, such as land claims, economic development, environmental protection, and jurisdictional disputes.  She serves on a number of committees, including the International Law Association’s Committee on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples and the Harvard University Native American Advisory Board. She is the former director of the Harvard University Native American Program and has been a visiting lecturer at Harvard Law School and at University of Massachusetts-Amherst.  She practiced law at Kramer, Levin in New York City, and clerked for the Honorable Richard D. Simons of the New York Court of Appeals.  Professor Graham has served as an author for the Cohen’s Handbook of Federal Indian Law and has recently published a book on International Law: Examples and Explanations with Aspen Publishing.  She is the author of a number of book chapters and articles relating to international human rights and indigenous peoples’ rights. 

Workshop Description: Professor Lorie M. Graham and Ms. Nicole Friederichs will present insights from their work in the field of international human rights law, indigenous peoples and the environment.  The goal of this workshop is to explore whether the international human rights framework can give legal and practical meaning to indigenous peoples’ own environmental aspirations and struggles.  Discussion will also focus on whether and how the indigenous peoples’ rights movement is relevant and useful to the environmental movement.

Presented by New Directions in Environmental Law