Starting Date: 10-20-2011
Ending Date: 10-23-2011
University Of Tennessee College Of Law
Knoxville, Tennessee 37920
United StatesAPIEL unites activists, attorneys, students, scientists and concerned citizens working for environmental justice throughout Appalachia and surrounding states. The conference features a series of workshops and dialogues led by activists, lawyers and scientists with the goal of exchanging information, sharing skills, and fostering collaboration between the grassroots, the bar, and future lawyers and policy-makers. Workshops address the region's most pressing ecological problems, as well as the underlying laws, policies and institutional dynamics that have enabled these issues to occur.
Last years topics included:
Mountaintop Removal and strip mining
Economic diversification in coalfield communities
Air and water pollution
Coal combustion waste and coal plants
Appalachian History and Broadform Deed
Chemical weapons disposal
The precautionary principle
Forest protection and ecological restoration
Know Your Rights for activists
Land ownership and land reform.
APIEL is modeled on the Public Interest Environmental Law Conference (PIELC) established in Eugene, Oregon, where once a year lawyers, law students, activists, scientists, funders, and media come from around the planet to be a part of the nation's leading annual environmental law convergence.
Geographical Scope: State