Environmental Law Clinic Students Participate in UN Framework Convention on Climate Change in Peru

UCLA environmental law clinic student Sarah Kozal '16 (far left) is participating in the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change as a delegate.

December 4, 2014 – Three students in the Frank G. Wells Environmental Law Clinic − Jacob Cohen ’15, Sarah Kozal ’16 and Sunny Tsou ’16 − are receiving hands-on experience with climate change issues as participants in the annual Conference of Parties of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change in Lima, Peru this week.

The students traveled to Lima with Cara Horowitz, Andrew Sabin Family Foundation co-executive director of the Emmett Institute on Climate Change and the Environment and co-director of the Environmental Law Clinic, and Jesse L. Lueders, Emmett/Frankel Fellow in Environmental Law and Policy. They are credentialed delegates at the conference who are supporting the work of clinic client Islands First, an organization that partners with small island states suffering the negative consequences of climate change and assists them in achieving their goals of strong climate action.

Students in the clinic have worked with Islands First this semester in the lead-up to the conference. They prepared submissions to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, sharing climate success stories and lessons learned in California as a framework for other jurisdictions. In Lima, they are providing legal support to Islands First during conference negotiations.

The UN climate change conference aims to lay the foundation for an effective new universal climate change agreement in Paris in 2015.  

Read the UCLA Newsroom story about the students' participation in the UN conference.