Tran Thi Huong Trang from Vietnam, one of the winners of this year's Alexandre Kiss Environmental Law Papers Award, sponsored by the Commission on Environmental Law, was visiting the Environmental Law Centre in Bonn in early November.
As winner of the second prize for her paper 'Legislation on Genetic Resources Conservation in Vietnam', she had been awarded a ten-day internship at the ELC. There, she had the opportunity to meet with the legal officers and discuss a broad range of issues relating to biodiversity conservation, climate change and energy, sustainable use of natural resources, invasive alien species, the marine area, trade and environment, species conservation and CITES. Tran said that the ten days in the ELC were very meaningful for her: “It is a great source of encouragement for a young environmental lawyer like me, to make every effort to pursue a career in the development of environmental law. After ten days, the biggest attainment for me is that I realize my vision has changed. It has broadened and deepened. I learned more about new issues of international environmental law which need further research for development. I met outstanding people in the ELC, from whom I could learn new ways to solve problems and who shared with me their experience and profound knowledge."