Edith Brown Weiss * Professor, Georgetown University Law Center
Peter Byrne * Professor, Georgetown University Law Center
Panel 1 - Government Regulation & Incentives
Moderated by Vicki Arroyo * Executive Director, Georgetown Climate Center; Visiting Professor, Georgetown University Law Center
Jim Connaughton * Executive Vice President, Constellation Energy Group; former Chairman, White House Counsel on Environmental Quality
Derek Dorn * Partner, Davis & Harman LLP; Adjunct Professor, Georgetown University Law Center
Sarah Hayes * Senior Researcher, American Counsel for an Energy-Efficient Economy
Robert Percival * Professor, University of Maryland Carey School of Law; Visiting Professor, Georgetown University Law Center
Doug Smith * Partner, Van Ness Feldman; former General Counsel, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission
Elizabeth Littlefield * President & CEO, Overseas Private Investment Corporation
Panel 2 - Role of Green Patents & Technology Transfer in Global Sustainability
Moderated by Robert Percival * Professor, University of Maryland Carey School of Law; Visiting Professor, Georgetown University
Elizabeth Burleson * Associate Professor, PACE Law School
Dr. Stuart Graham * Chief Economist, U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
Marcos Orellana * Senior Attorney, Center for International Environmental Law
Sarah Tran * Assistant Professor of Law, SMU Dedman School of Law
Baskut Tuncak * Staff Attorney, Center for International Environmental Law; International Advisory Committee, Public Interest Intellectual Property Advisors
Jack Miller * Editor-in-Chief, GIELR
On Friday, April 13th, GIELR, the Georgetown Climate Center, and the Environmental Law Institute hosted a symposium on green technology law and policy.
Edith Brown Weiss, faculty advisor to GIELR, gave opening remarks about the importance of supporting the development of green energy technology to level the playing field with fossil fuel energy and ensure long-term sustainability.
Vicki Arroyo, Executive Director of the Georgetown Climate Center, moderated the first panel, which engaged in a lively discussion of government regulations and incentives for green technology and energy efficiency.
Jim Connaughton, Executive Vice President of Constellation Energy and former Chairman of the White House Council on Environmental Quality, discussed the regulation of the energy market. He opined that the country is currently uniquely poised to promote greener energy, because coal and oil have become more expensive while the cost of alternatives and efficiency is falling.
Keynote speaker Elizabeth Littlefield, President and CEO of the Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC), spoke about the energy-related projects funded by OPIC. Ms. Littlefield discussed the impact that very small loans can have in the production of greener energy in less developed countries. In one such project, a small OPIC loan to Husk Power Systems helps enable the Indian company to provide electricity to 150,000 people in rural India through technology using the byproduct from rice milling.
Professor Robert Percival of the University of Maryland Carey School of Law participated in the first panel and moderated the second, which featured a discussion of the roles that patents and technology transfer play in the development of green technology around the world.
Georgetown Law alumna and SMU Dedman School of Law Professor Sarah Tran explained the patent application process and how the process could be streamlined to expedite green technology development.
Baskut Tuncak, an attorney with the Center for International Environmental Law, discussed the pitfalls of a "regrettable substitution" and challenges of technology transfer caused by the shift to use of patented methyl iodide after phase-out of methyl bromide under the Montreal Protocol.
Symposium attendees included students, faculty, government officials, and representatives from non-profits and advocacy groups.
Jack Miller, GIELR Editor-in-Chief (2011-2012), made closing remarks expressing thanks to the panelists and attendees for an excellent discussion, and to Amanda Blunt, GIELR Executive Editor - Symposium, for her hard work in coordinating the organizing the very successful symposium.