Environmental Law Institute

I wanted to say to ELI, what a great partner you have been in bringing along all these lawyers that are part and parcel of what ELI stands for. I think that’s been a magnificent part of the building of the environmental movement. That’s where the rubber meets the road. I greatly appreciate what you folks have done.”
— John Adams, former President, Natural Resources Defense Council


The Environmental Law Institute (ELI) makes law work for people, places, and the planet.

ELI’s Vision is “a healthy environment, prosperous economies, and vibrant communities founded on the rule of law.”

ELI’s Mission is to foster innovative, just, and practical law and policy solutions to enable leaders across borders and sectors to make environmental, economic, and social progress. ELI:

  • Builds the skills and capacity of tomorrow’s leaders and institutions
  • Researches and analyzes complex and pressing environmental challenges
  • Promotes and disseminates the best thinking through print and electronic media
  • Convenes people with diverse perspectives to build understanding through robust debate