Foundation for International Environmental Law and Development

Article, 30 September 2008

In 2008 the Foundation for International Law and Development (FIELD) re-established itself as an independent NGO, after six years of being a subsidiary of IIED. FIELD works with local partners, NGOs and institutions and has a worldwide reputation for expertise in the development and application of international environmental law and for siding with the disadvantaged.

FIELD is a group of public international lawyers committed to helping vulnerable countries, communities and campaigners negotiate for fairer international environmental laws.

FIELD’s main goal is to achieve a fair, effective and accessible system of international law that protects the global environment and promotes sustainable development.

With two decades of experience FIELD has obtained a worldwide reputation for its expertise in finding solution to pressing environmental challenges. For example, FIELD has advised the Alliance for Small Island States (AOSIS) in international climate change negotiations for many years.

Our work is part campaigning, part research, and part the work of a conventional law firm. We work with local partners, national and international NGOs and institutions.

FIELD also runs an International Internship Programme, providing law students from all over the world with practical insight into environmental law.

Over the years, the institutional alliance has brought together FIELD’s legal expertise and IIED's knowledge in social, political and economic sciences. Together we have worked on many exciting environmental and development projects, and will continue to do so in the future.