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Dianne was an honoured speaker at an environmental enforcement capacity building workshop in Mexico City, put on last month by the Commission on Environmental Cooperation. This workshop is the fruit of a year of work by the CEC. One of its objectives is to improve environmental enforcement in all three countries: Canada, the US and Mexico. Mexico continues to have many barriers to better enforcement, one of which is the lack of environmental expertise among lawyers and judges. In fact, the University of Mexico law school recently eliminated environmental law from its core curriculum, just as the judges are debating whether to set up a specialized environmental court.

 

The workshop was primarily set up for judges of the three countries to talk to each other. Dianne’s presentation was a romp through everything (ok, some of the things) that can go wrong in the process of sampling, analyzing and reporting on pollution. The presentation is here, Evidence-for-mexico, but not, alas, all the war stories that went with it.

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