Summer Fellows from Honduras and Germany

Paul Zepeda Castro (left) and Sebastian Bechtel (right) join Brett Jacobs from Bring Recycling for a tour of the Lane County landfill.

ELAW Fellows from Honduras and Germany are busy this summer learning about waste management in Lane County and environmental tribunals around the world.

Paul Zepeda Castro is an attorney with the Instituto de Derecho Ambiental de Honduras (IDAMHO), based in Tegucigalpa where thousands of people have taken to the streets to protest the alleged embezzlement of social security funds.  “We are a warm and peaceful people,” says Paul who is part of a group of young Hondurans calling themselves “Los Indignados” (the outraged).  The group is urging the U.S.  to suspend funding to Honduras until the government purges corruption.

Paul was recently joined by ELAW Fellow Sebastian Bechtel, a legal intern at UfU (Independent Institute for Environmental Concerns).  UfU co-hosted the 2014 ELAW Annual International Meeting.

While in Eugene, Sebastian is exploring the feasibility of opening a Europe-based ELAW service center and also conducting research on environmental courts and tribunals.

ELAW has hosted more than 160 environmental professionals from all over the world.  Read more about our program here

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Maggie Keenan
Communications Director
Environmental Law Alliance Worldwide