Our Mission & Vision

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 build a sustainable, just future.

ELAW envisions a world where ecosystems and communities are respected and protected, and decisions are grounded in the rule of law, sound science, and principles of environmental justice.

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Defending Communities & Ecosystems

ELAW provides legal, scientific, and organizational expertise to help public interest lawyers advance environmental justice and protect critical ecosystems.

Resources for advocates


Resources for Advocates

We are pleased to share an improved library of legal and scientific resources for environmental and human rights defenders.

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Issues & Impact





Defending defenders

Defending Defenders

Fossil fuels

Fossil Fuels

Marine and coastal

Marine & Coastal



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Notable Cases

A Compilation of Important Environmental Court Decisions

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Latest News

  • Energy Transition in Uganda

    Energy Transition in Uganda

    Global greenhouse gas emissions in Africa are the lowest, per capita, of any region, yet in Uganda and across the region the climate crisis has turned the seasons around, with harsh droughts and unpredictable intense rains.

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  • Protecting the Climate

    Protecting the Climate

    To prevent climate catastrophe, we need to move past burning fossil fuels. Reuters reports that United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres told world leaders at COP28 that the burning of fossil fuels must be stopped outright and a reduction or abatement in their use would not be enough to stop global warming.

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  • International Gathering Recharges Global Movement

    International Gathering Recharges Global Movement

    ELAW Annual Meeting participants enjoyed a stop at Heceta Head Lighthouse Beach during their February 27 field trip to the Oregon Coast. Other stops included the Yachats 804 Trail, Cape Perpetua Visitor Center, Thor’s Well, Devil’s Churn, and Strawberry Hill. Read more in Yachats News. PHOTO: Steve Repicky More than 100 ELAW partners from 40…

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  • Environmental Heroes Come to Eugene

    Environmental Heroes Come to Eugene

    Leading grassroots advocates from more than 40 countries are traveling to Eugene to work with the Environmental Law Alliance Worldwide (ELAW.) They will collaborate across borders to help communities around the globe speak out for clean air, clean water, and a healthy planet.

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