World Commission on Environmental Law

A Volunteer Global Environmental Law Network

 

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The World Commission on Environmental Law (WCEL) advances environmental law around the globe by providing specialized knowledge and assistance to strengthen the legal foundations of the conservation of nature and sustainable development through the conceptual advancement of environmental principles, norms, and laws, and by building the capacity of communities to benefit from the environmental rule of law.

 

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  • WCEL meeting to discuss the Global Pact Participants gathered in the New York Offices of UN Environment to discuss the Global Pact for the Environment Photo: WCEL

    IUCN WCEL Meeting to Advance the Global Pact for the Environment

    22.06.2018

    The Commission convened a small meeting of experts on 25 May in New York City to discuss how the environmental law community can proceed following adoption of a resolution by the United Nations General Assembly on 10 May 2018 setting in motion a process...

  • 4th Tony Oposa Intergenerational Moot Court Participants of the 4th Tony Oposa Intergenerational Moot Court on 5 June 2018 during the inaugural World Peace Forum in Caen, France. Photo: University of Caen Normandy

    Law, Climate, Geoengineering, and Indigenous Peoples: 4th Tony Oposa Intergenerational Moot Court

    20.06.2018

    The 4th Tony Oposa Intergenerational Moot Court was hosted by the University of Caen Normandy (France) on 5 June to bring students, scholars, and jurists together in a simulation of a court proceeding before the International Court of Justice addressing the...

  • WCEL and UNFF MoU Signing Justice Antonio Herman Benjamin (WCEL Chair) with Manoel Sobral Filho (Director, United Nations Forum on Forests Secretariat) and his team at UN Headquarters Photo: WCEL

    Drafting a Model Forest Act: WCEL Signs MoU with the Secretariat of the United Nations Forum on Forests

    18.06.2018

    The WCEL Chair, Justice Antonio Herman Benjamin, visited United Nations Headquarters to sign an MoU between WCEL and the Secretariat of the United Nations Forum on Forests (UNFF).

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Astola Island Marine Protected Area, Pakistan Astola Island Marine Protected Area, Pakistan Photo: IUCN Pakistan

Environmental Rule of Law

The IUCN World Declaration on the Environmental Rule of Law outlines 13 principles for developing and implementing solutions for ecologically sustainable development.

 

GJIE Interim Governing Committee Participants in the 1st Meeting of the Interim Governing Committee of the Global Judicial Institute on the Environment at the National High Court of Brazil - STJ from 17-18 March 2018 Photo: Nicholas Bryner

Global Judicial Institute on the Environment

The mission of the Global Judicial Institute on the Environment (GJIE) is to support the role of judges, courts, and tribunals to respond to pressing environmental crises.

 

Opening Remarks: Conference of Judges and Prosecutors on Water Justice (8th World Water Forum) Opening of the Conference of Judges and Prosecutors on Water Justice, L-R: Justice Antonio Herman Benjamin, Roberto Carvalho Veloso, Claudia de Windt, Arnold Kreilhuber, Raquel Dodge, Cármen Lúcia Antunes Rocha,  Maria do Rosário Araújo Velano, Lord Robert Carnwath, Jayme de Oliveira, Justice Cristina Crespo, and Zhang Xinsheng. Photo: Aaron Laur

19-21 March 2018: Conference of Judges and Prosecutors on Water Justice at the 8th World Water Forum

The Conference of Judges and Prosecutors on Water Justice at the 8th World Water Forum brought together over 140 distinguished participants from over 60 countries to engage in high-level discussions on the management, use, and protection of freshwater resources. The historical gathering...
LAC Regional Judicial Colloquium Photo: Nicholas Bryner

22-23 May 2017: Regional Judicial Colloquium for Latin-America and the Caribbean

The Regional Judicial Colloquium focused on the topic of “Constitutions, Environment, and Human Rights: Practice and Implementation”.

 

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