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WTO 'Shrimp-Turtle' Ruling, October 12, 1998

Speaker Information

Brent Blackwelder
Friends of the Earth

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Brent Blackwelder has served as an environmental advocate in Washington for over 28 years. He was a founder of the Environmental Policy Institute, which merged with Friends of the Earth and the Oceanic Society in 1989. He has worked with citizen organizations to save rivers and to eliminate more than 150 destructive dams and stream channelization projects. Brent served as Chairman of the Board of the League of Conservation Voters and American Rivers, Inc. He was an initiator of the campaign to reform the World Bank and has succeeded in getting Congress to enact a series of significant reforms directing the Bank and other multilateral lending institutions to pay more attention to the environment. He has written extensively on a broad range of environmental issues. Brent graduated Summa Cum Laude from Duke University and later on received an M.A. in Mathematics from Yale, and a Ph.D. in Philosophy from the University of Maryland.

John Audley
Director of International Programs
National Wildlife Federation

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John J. Audley is Director of International Affairs at the National Wildlife Federation. During the 1980's he was a small business owner, and also worked as the U.S./Mexico border regional manager for multinational supplier of industrial packaging equipment. He received a Ph.D. in political science from the University of Maryland, College Park in 1995, an M.A. in political science from the University of Arizona in 1991, and a Masters of International Management from Thunderbird, the American Graduate School of International Management in 1988. While an Associate Professor of Political Science at Purdue University, he wrote Green Politics and Global Trade, published by Georgetown University Press in 1997. Dr. Audley has worked as a Legislative Fellow for former Arizona Senator Dennis Deconcini, Program Director for the Sierra Club's Trade and Environment Program, and as a consultant to a variety of environmental organizations and government agencies on trade and environment policy.

Tim Eichenberg
Program Counsel
Center for Marine Conservation

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Tim Eichenberg is Program Counsel for the Center for Marine Conservation in Washington D.C. and Co_Chair of the Clean Water Network, a coalition of more than 1000 organizations representing more than 20 million people working to strengthen and reauthorize the Clean Water Act. He has served as Legal Counsel for the California Coastal Commission, the Environmental Defense Center, and the Marine Law Institute at the University of Maine School of Law. He has lectured in environmental law, coastal law, federal wildlife law and clean water law at the University of Maine Law School, Golden Gate University Law School, and the Washington College of Law at American University. He is a graduate of the Washington University School of Law, was awarded a Post_Doctoral Fellowship in Marine Policy at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, and is a member of the Bar in California and the District of Columbia.

David Schorr
Sustainable Commerce Program Director
World Wildlife Fund

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David Schorr directs the Sustainable Commerce program at World Wildlife Fund. Since joining WWF in 1993, Mr. Schorr has participated in a wide variety of international developments in the field of trade and environment, including participation in Uruguay Round negotiations in Geneva and the creation of the NAFTA-related Commission for Environmental Cooperation. He currently serves as a staff member of the President's Advisory Committee on Trade Policy and Negotiations. From 1994 to 1998, Mr. Schorr also served as a member of the U.S. National Advisory Committee (advising the U.S. government on implementation of the NAFTA environmental side agreement), which he chaired from 1997-1998. Prior to joining WWF, Mr. Schorr practiced law in Washington, DC, specializing in the representation of developing country governmental clients on international legal and political matters. A graduate of the Yale Law School (1989) and of Oberlin College (1991, Phi Beta Kappa), Mr. Schorr also teaches as a member of the adjunct faculties at the Georgetown University Law Center and at the American University Washington College of Law.

Dan Seligman
Senior Trade Fellow
Sierra Club

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Daniel A. Seligman has been director of the Sierra Club's Responsible Trade Campaign since April 1993. He leads the Sierra Club's work on all environmental implications of international trade policy, including the North American Free Trade Agreement, the World Trade Organization, and the Multilateral Agreement on Investment. He is also the author of Sierra Club several reports such as Broken Promises: How the Clinton administration is trading away our environment (May 1998). Before joining the Sierra Club, Dan was a consultant at the World Resources Institute in Washington, D.C., specializing in Latin American urban environmental problems. He holds a masters degree in International Economics and Latin American studies from the Johns Hopkins University and a B.A., with honors, in American history from the University of Chicago.

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