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Global Center for Environmental Legal Studies
The Pace Global Center for Environmental Legal Studies (GCELS) is the international and comparative arm of the Pace Environmental Law Program. It anchors innovative and ongoing projects addressing a wide range of global environmental issues. Students working with GCELS actively participate in these projects, assisting with researching, editing, and drafting important publications. GCELS also works closely with other centers within the Pace Environmental Law Program, including the Environmental Litigation Clinic, the Energy and Climate Center, the Land Use Law Center, and the Kheel Center for the Resolution of Environmental Interest Disputes.
GCELS maintains close relationships with important international environmental organizations, giving Pace students unique insights into and experience in a fast developing area of environmental law. GCELS is one of only two law school entities that is a voting member of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN), the world’s oldest and largest global environmental network. Through GCELS' partnership with IUCN and others, Pace students participate in identifying practical solutions to pressing environmental challenges. The UN Environmental Diplomacy Practicum allows students to work with small island nations on pressing environmental matters with diplomats at the United Nations. The China Program gives Pace students the opportunity to collaborate with students and scholars at Shanghai Jiao Tong University and Wuhan University Law School, amongst others.
GCELS also holds periodic national and international symposia and conferences, which Pace students assist in organizing and directing, including a symposium to launch an international environmental judicial institute.