Author Spotlight — Liz Pope

Liz Pope

Author: Liz Pope

Article: The Shadowy World of Hazardous Waste Disposal: Why the Basel Convention’s Structure Undermines Its Substance

Bluebook Citation: Elizabeth S. Pope, Note, The Shadowy World of Hazardous Waste Disposal: Why the Basel Convention’s Structure Undermines Its Substance, 13 S.C. J. OF INT’L LAW & BUS. (2017)

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Liz Pope is an alumna of the University of South Carolina School of Law, graduating cum laude in 2017. While in law school, Liz stayed plenty busy: she was the secretary of the Student Animal Legal Defense Fund; a founding member of the Older Wiser Law Students Society; a member of Women in the Law; an employee of the law school as both a legal research and writing tutor and a research assistant, as well as an employee of a public state agency; and the Senior Articles Editor of the South Carolina Journal of International Law and Business. During her law school summers, Liz worked for a mid-sized law firm in Columbia, South Carolina and a large corporation headquartered in Greenville, South Carolina.

Liz’s path to a J.D. is rather unique. She is a native Iowan and a first-generation college student, and she graduated magna cum laude from Loyola University Chicago in 2011 with a B.S. in psychology and a minor in history. Initially considering doctoral studies in clinical psychology, Liz remained in Chicago after graduation to work with children and adolescents in a mental health facility and as a research assistant in a clinical psychology lab at Loyola. In 2013, Liz changed course when she moved to Charlotte, North Carolina to accept a position at Maersk Line, Inc., an international containerized shipping company—in this role, she was the companywide single point of contact for largest cargo terminal on the east coast. It was this opportunity that cemented her decision to attend law school: while Liz had always enjoyed problem-solving aspects of her various jobs, it was the ability at Maersk to take ownership of issues and see it through resolution for the benefit of the company that inspired her to become a lawyer.

In addition to the aforementioned activities she undertook during law school, one of Liz’s proudest achievements was the selection of her article, The Shadowy World of Hazardous Waste Disposal: Why the Basel Convention’s Structure Undermines Its Substance, for publication in the South Carolina Journal of International Law and Business, Volume 13. The article also was the recipient of the 2017 Roberts Senior Class Writing Award, presented to the third-year law student who submits the best research paper as determined by the academic dean. Liz’s inspiration for the article largely came from her experiences at Maersk. While learning about the transportation and shipping industry, she quickly became fascinated by the transportation of hazardous materials and would often liaise with the hazardous cargo department to find out more about the process. Coupled with her participation in several law classes that exposed the legal and regulatory framework surrounding international environmental law, Liz developed the idea for the article exploring if and how the practicalities of transporting hazardous cargo comport with the international legal framework governing such movements. Her article provides an in-depth history and examination of both current hazardous waste disposal practices and the primary international hazardous waste agreement, the Basel Convention. The article also discusses the emerging concern of electronic waste, and ends with ideas for improvement to combat corruption in the hazardous waste disposal industry.

Liz relocated to Denver, Colorado in the autumn of 2017, where she is currently a licensed attorney and an active member of the Colorado Bar.  In her free time, Liz enjoys exploring Colorado and its craft beers, hiking in the mountains with her fiancé and perusing animal rescue pages in anticipation of becoming a dog-parent  in early 2018.