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.

We Collaborate with Partners in

80

Countries

Defending Communities & Ecosystems

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

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Issues & Impact

Biodiversity

Biodiversity

Climate

Climate

Defending defenders

Defending Defenders

Fossil fuels

Fossil Fuels

Marine and coastal

Marine & Coastal

Plastic

Plastic

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Notable Cases

A Compilation of Important Environmental Court Decisions

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Latest News

  • Protecting Elephants in Sri Lanka

    Protecting Elephants in Sri Lanka

    This month, ELAW partners at the Centre for Environmental Justice (CEJ) are celebrating a victory for 48 elephants that were illegally registered and used for commercial purposes.

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  • Building Technical Capacity and Elevating Community Voices in Guatemala

    Building Technical Capacity and Elevating Community Voices in Guatemala

    Left to right sitting: Jeanette de Noack, ADA2; Dr. Rye Howard, ELAW; Amy Porter, US EPA; Lucia Xiloj, ADA2; Dr. Meche Lu, ELAW; Aura Padilla, ADA2; and Karina Montes, consultant, Peru. Left to right standing: Dr. Gilles Wendling, ELAW; Estuardo Noack, ADA2; and Oscar Villagran, ADA2. Guatemala has many laws aimed at protecting the environment…

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  • Philippines: Court Blocks Commercial Propagation of GMO Rice and Eggplant

    Philippines: Court Blocks Commercial Propagation of GMO Rice and Eggplant

    ELAW partner Zelda Soriano of Community Legal Help and Public Interest Centre recently sent exciting news of a victory in their efforts to protect the Philippines from the hasty commercial propagation of genetically modified rice and eggplant.

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  • Local Voices at the World Fisheries Congress

    Local Voices at the World Fisheries Congress

    Last month, members of ELAW’s Marine Working Group joined scientists from around the world at the World Fisheries Congress (WFC) in Seattle, to share community voices on the real impacts of blue economy projects in the Global South.

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