Oral History of the CEC
Oral History Contributors
Greg Block is the 2002-2004 Distinguished Environmental Law Scholar at Lewis and Clark College of Law in Portland, Oregon. From 1994 to 2002, Mr. Block served as the Head of the Legal Division, and later as Director, at North American Commission for Environmental Cooperation, headquartered in Montreal. There, he established the unit responsible for investigating allegations that a NAFTA party had failed to enforce its environmental laws effectively, as well as overseeing the CEC's co-operative program area. Mr. Block has also taught environmental law in Mexico under the auspices of a Fulbright Lecture Grant and co-directed a series of environmental workshops in collaboration with FUNDEA, a Mexican environmental non-governmental organization, as well as litigated environmental cases with the law firm of Thelen, Marrin, Johnson and Bridges in San Francisco, California. Mr. Block received his undergraduate degree in Political Science from UCLA, and J.D. from McGeorge School of Law in Sacramento, California.
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Carla Sbert is a Mexican lawyer who will soon be co-ordinating the Environment and Sustainable Development Law Programme at Unisféra International Centre in Montreal. She will also pursue opportunities to work on environmental health and environmental justice issues, particularly in Mexico. During the winter 2004 season, she will be moderator of the University of the Streets Café conversations on "Environmental Health and Justice" in Montreal. From 1998 to 2003, Ms. Sbert was Legal Officer of the Submissions on Enforcement Matters Unit at the North American Commission for Environmental Cooperation, reviewing submissions filed by citizens on alleged failures by Canada, Mexico and the United States to enforce environmental laws, and preparing factual records. Focusing on environmental law and policy, she has worked in the Mexican government, in a New York City law firm and in Mexico's state-owned oil company, Pemex. Ms. Sbert also lectured at the Mexican Autonomous Institute of Technology (ITAM) on the Mexican legal system and on the NAFTA environment package. She was trained in law at ITAM and obtained a Master of Laws degree from Harvard Law School.
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Scott Vaughan is director of the Unit for Sustainable Development and Environment at the Organization of American States. Prior to joining the OAS in late 2003, he has worked as visiting scholar with the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace and Security; head of trade and economics at the North American Commission for Environmental Co-operation; counsellor at the World Trade Organization; co-ordinator of environment, trade and finance division of the United Nations Environment Programme, as well as senior policy analyst to the Executive Director; analyst of economic affairs at the head office of the Royal Bank Financial Group; and policy advisor to the former Canadian Minister of the Environment.