Loyola University Chicago

Student Activities

School of Law

2009 International Law Review Symposium


International Environmental Law:
Concerns and Solutions for Corporations and Practitioners

Thursday, February 19 and Friday, February 20, 2009
Loyola Law Center
Ceremonial Courtroom
25 E. Pearson St., Chicago, IL


Symposium Editor: Christina Cotter



This conference and workshop will focus on the current state of International Environmental Law. The focus will be on the regulatory framework in the international arena, and special considerations for multinational enterprises. The conference will feature cutting edge practitioners and scholars from a variety of backgrounds presenting their ideas and experiences with international environmental law. This program has been approved by the Illinois MCLE Board for 3.0 hours of credit.



Loyola University Chicago School of Law is pleased to present this important conference at no charge. However, seating is limited and registration is appreciated. To register, please contact: Christina Cotter at ccotter@luc.edu. Open seating will be available to those who do not register on a first-come basis.



The Loyola University Chicago International Law Review is a semi-annual journal that focuses on topical issues in both international and comparative law. The journal is directed to students, academics and practitioners in the legal community, and contributes to the general body of knowledge through articles on important legal and social developments. Loyola law students edit, manage, and publish the journal, including the yearly symposium issue in which established scholars and practitioners contribute articles focusing on a contemporary issue in international law, such as World Trade Law and the Rule of Law in Africa.

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Thursday, February 19, 2009

6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

Opening Remarks and Keynote Address


Margaret Moses (bio)
Faculty Advisor, International Law Review


John C. Nagle (bio)
John N. Matthews Professor of Law, University of Notre Dame


7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Welcome Reception


Friday, February 20, 2009

9:00 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.

Continental Breakfast


9:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.

Welcome and Introduction


David Yellen (bio)
Dean & Professor of Law, Loyola University Chicago


Bertram C. Frey (bio)
Deputy Regional Counsel, U.S. EPA Region 5, Office of Regional Counsel


10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

Panel # 1

Defining Sustainability


William Anaya - Serving as panel chair and commentator (bio)
Partner, Arnstein & Lehr; Part-time Professor of Law, Loyola University Chicago


Dr. Natasha Affolder (bio)
Law Faculty, University of British Columbia


Peter Murtha (bio)
International Network for Environmental Compliance and Enforcement (INECE)


Jose V. Zapata (bio)
Partner, Holguín Neira & Pombo Abogados




11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.


Panel # 2

Corporate Social Responsibility


William Anaya - Serving as panel chair and commentator (bio)
Partner, Arnstein & Lehr; Part-time Faculty, Loyola University Chicago


Gwen M. Davidow (bio)
Global Director of Corporate Programs, World Environment Center (WEC)


Steven J. Murawski (bio)
Partner, Baker & McKenzie


Peter Murtha (bio)
International Network for Environmental Compliance and Enforcement (INECE)


1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Keynote Address and Lunch
 Kasbeer Hall
Law Center, 15th floor 

Trip Van Noppen (bio)
President, Earthjustice


For further information please contact:
Ms. Christina Cotter at 


This program has been approved by the Illinois MCLE Board for 3.0 hours of credit.



Trip Van Noppen

Donnell "Trip" Van Noppen is the President of Earthjustice. He leads the organization's staff, board, and supporters to advance its mission of using the courts to protect our environment. Mr. Van Noppen has degrees from Yale and the University of North Carolina. After graduating law school he practiced law in Raleigh, NC, in a litigation practice emphasizing civil rights, employment, environmental, and toxic tort cases. In 1998, he joined the Southern Environmental Law Center and became Director of its Carolinas Office. Both in private practice and at the SELC, Trip handled a wide variety of environmental cases. From 2005 - 2007, Trip was Earthjustice's Vice President for Litigation. (Back to Top)


John C. Nagle

John C. Nagle is the John N. Matthews Professor of Law at the University of Notre Dame. He previously served as the law school's inaugural Associate Dean for Faculty Research from 2004 to 2007. Professor Nagle coauthored the casebook The Law of Biodiversity and Ecosystem Management, and his book, Law's Environment: How Environmental Law Affects the Environment, will be published by Yale University Press. Professor Nagle teaches courses related to environmental law, legislation, and property. He received Distinguished Lectureship awards from the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board to teach at the Tsinghua University Law School in Beijing in 2002, as well as the University of Hong Kong in 2008. He is a graduate of Indiana University and the University of Michigan Law School. (Back to Top)



Bertram C. Frey

Bertram C. Frey is the Deputy Regional Counsel of the U.S. EPA Region 5, Office of Regional Counsel in Chicago, Illinois. Mr. Frey handles review of enforcement cases, and defensive litigation for air, water, pesticides, toxic substances, oil pollution, hazardous waste and Superfund matters. Mr. Frey currently serves as chair of the Environmental Law Section Council, Illinois State Bar Association (2008-2009). He has published articles on issues of international environmental law, environmental self-audits, environmental enforcement, public water supply, underground storage tanks, and the public trust doctrine as a vehicle for environmental protection, and is coauthor of an article on the anti-backsliding provisions of the Clean Water Act. He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Haverford College in 1969 and his law degree from the Washington University School of Law in 1974. (Back to Welcome)



Dr. Natasha Affolder

Natasha Affolder joined the University of British Columbia's Faculty of Law in July 2004. Prior to joining UBC's faculty, Professor Affolder worked at Harvard Business School as a Research Associate in the area of large project negotiation. Her research, teaching and legal practice interests span the fields of international law, sustainable development law, natural resources, environmental law, and land use law. Professor Affolder holds an LLB from the University of Alberta and a BCL and doctorate from Oxford University where she was a Rhodes Scholar. Professor Affolder practiced law in Boston for four years with the firms Hill and Barlow P.C. and Piper Rudnick LLP. She has worked in various capacities for international non-governmental and inter-governmental organizations including Oxfam and the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP). (Back to Panel #1)


Gwen M. Davidow

Ms. Davidow has focused her career on international business with a concentration on collaboration with non-government organizations focusing on international development. She has directed marketing and strategy initiatives in the private sector, with a focus on the IT services and consumer goods sectors. In her current capacity as Global Director of Corporate Programs for the World Environment Center (WEC), Ms. Davidow manages several membership-based projects, such as the Greening the Supply Chain initiatives in Shanghai and Australia, and events such as the membersÂ’ North America Roundtables. She also oversees regional activities in Latin America, including WECÂ’s current State Department-funded project in Guatemala and El Salvador on increasing the efficiency of local businesses through environmental improvements, and the Pfizer-funded Maya Rainforest Conservation project. Ms. Davidow holds a B.A. in International Affairs from the University of Virginia and has an M.B.A. in International Management from the American Graduate School of International Management (Thunderbird). (Back to Panel #2)


Steven J. Murawski

Steven Murawski is a Partner in Baker & McKenzie's North American Environmental Practice Group. He advises companies on the environmental risks and liabilities associated with their U.S. and foreign-based commercial and manufacturing operations, corporate and real estate transactions, government enforcement, and litigation matters. Mr. Murawski also helps clients develop and implement environmental management systems, compliance auditing, company-wide environmental standards, and sustainability programs.  Prior to entering private practice, Mr. Murawski served as Assistant Regional Counsel in the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Region 5 Office where he was a multimedia environmental attorney assigned to number of significant Clean Air Act, RCRA, Brownfield, and International matters. (Back to Panel #2)


Peter Murtha

Since April 2008 Peter has been on assignment to the International Network for Environmental Compliance and Enforcement (INECE), a Washington, D.C. based NGO whose mission is to strengthen environmental governance internationally through networking and capacity building -- from U.S. EPA Headquarters' Office of Enforcement and Compliance Assurance. His primary focus has been on developing compliance and enforcement strategies that will improve the performance of global climate change efforts. Before coming to INECE, Peter was the director of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Office of Criminal Enforcement, Forensics and Training (OCEFT). Peter graduated from Bucknell University in 1975 and the George Washington University law school in 1978 and is a member of the D.C. bar. (Back to Panel #1)


Jose V. Zapata

Mr. Zapata is a Partner at Holguin Neira & Pombo Abogados in Bogota, Columbia. He is a recognized leader in environmental legal matters, providing counseling services to organizations in the electric, oil and gas, mining, agrochemical and industrial sectors. Mr. Zapata also has experience structuring foreign investment transactions, as well as mergers and acquisitions. He has served on the boards of multinational corporations in the automotive, energy, telecommunications, industrial and food sectors. He is a member of many legal organizations, including the American Society of International Law, the Institute for Energy Law, and he is a Founder and General Secretary of the "Instituto Colombiano de Derecho Ambiental." Mr. Zapata has authored articles and publications concerning environment, mining, oil and gas. He is an adjunct Professor at the Javeriana, Rosario, and Externado de Colombia, where he teaches corporate responsibility, sustainable development and trade. Mr. Zapata graduated from Universidad Javeriana, and holds an LLM from McGill University, where he also undertook doctoral studies. (Back to Panel #1)



William J. Anaya

Mr. Anaya is a partner at Arnstein & Lehr in Chicago, in the Litigation Group, with a practice concentrated on environmental and real estate law. After graduating from law school, he practiced law in Danville, IL, then because the Chief Underwriter and Staff Attorney at Attorneys' Title Guaranty Fund, Inc. in Champaign. He was a senior environmental attorney with Mostardi-Platt Associates, Inc, in Bensenville, IL, then practiced with Johnson & Bell in Chicago before joining his present firm. Bill got his undergrad degree from Purdue in 1978 and his judicial degree from Indiana University in 1981. (Back to Panel #1)