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Charles W. Elliott has been engaged in the private practice of law since 1978. His practice has concentrated in public interest litigation on behalf of environmental organizations, governmental clients, and victims of environmental pollution. He has represented clients in environmental litigation involving air and water pollution, hazardous waste disposal and management, petroleum tank releases, groundwater contamination, and natural resources protection. His cases have ranged from nuclear power plant licensing proceedings before the Nuclear Regulatory Commission and the federal courts, federal rulemaking proceedings, to citizen and governmental opposition to the siting of solid waste facilities, to representing victims of area-wide toxic lead contamination.
In 1993, Mr. Elliott received an award from the United States Department of Justice, United States Attorney, for his “outstanding skill and dedication” in environmental enforcement work in citizen suit litigation under the Clean Water Act. He has also received the R. Emmet Doherty Clean Air Award from the American Lung Association of the Lehigh Valley for his work to prevent air pollution, and an award from the City of Easton in recognition of his work in establishing the City’s “Smart Code” zoning and subdivision and land development ordinance. More recently, he was given the Appalachian Mountain Club’s Conservation Award for “outstanding contributions toward protection of the Applachian Trail in Pennsylvania.”
In his advocacy for human rights, he serves of counsel to the International Justice Project, assisting International Criminal Court (ICC) list counsel in the representation of victims of the Darfur, Sudan conflict in their participation before the Court, advocating expansive interpretations of the Rome Statute provisions for victim participation in proceedings before the ICC.
Diploma, Advanced Studies on Human Rights and Humanitarian Law (2008), Washington College of Law, American University, Academy on Human Rights and Humanitarian Law, and the Netherlands Institute of Human Rights (SIM), Utrecht University (International Justice for Human Rights Violations, Professors Douglass Cassel, Elizabeth Andersen; International Humanitarian Law, Professor Robert K. Goldman; United Nations Human Rights System, Professors Manfred Nowak, Gudmundur Alfredsson)
Juris Doctor, Degree in Law 1978, University of Pittsburgh School of Law, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
A.B. degree, Major in Religion 1975, Lafayette College, Easton, Pennsylvania
He is a member of the Pennsylvania Bar Association and its Environment and Energy Section. He is admitted to practice before federal and state courts in Pennsylvania, the United States Courts of Appeal for the Third Circuit and District of Columbia Circuit, and the Supreme Court of the United States.
He holds various positions in civic and non-profit organizations, including the regional Lehigh Valley Planning Commission, the Planning Commission of the City of Easton, Pennsylvania (1986-present; Chairman, 2005-present), Clean Water Action, Inc. Pennsylvania State Steering Committee, the Environmental Advisory Council of the City of Easton, Pennsylvania, and is a member of the Board of Directors of Buddhist Global Relief. He is a also a member of various environmental and human rights organizations, including the Natural Resources Defense Council, Oxfam International, and Amnesty International.
He holds a Certification, National Incident Management System (NIMS), IS-700 (2006), a Certification in Wilderness First Aid, (SOLO Program) and a Certification in First Aid from the American Red Cross.