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    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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      Environmental Rule of Law

      At the 1st IUCN World Environmental Law Congress: the “IUCN World Declaration on the Environmental Rule of Law” was adopted, outlining 13 principles to serve as the foundation for developing and implementing solutions for ecologically sustainable development.

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      2nd World Environmental Law Congress

      The 2nd?World Environmental Law Congress will assess the role of environmental law in light of the critical ecological crises that we all face. This high-level event has been postponed. New dates will be communicated in due course.?

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      IUCN World Conservation Congress

      In view of the sanitary situation associated with the COVID-19 pandemic, France and the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) have decided to postpone the IUCN World Conservation Congress, which was to be held in January 2021 in Marseille. New dates for the event will be announced in due course.?

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      Global Pact for the Environment

      The United Nations General Assembly adopted a resolution on 10 May 2018 setting in motion a process seeking to discuss and reach agreement on the aims of a Global Pact for the Environment.

    • Global Judicial Institute on the Environment Photo: IUCN
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      Global Judicial Institute on the Environment

      The GJIE is intended as a forum to unify the ongoing efforts of various national?and international organizations already preparing, training, and?enhancing the capacity of judges on environmental issues.?

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    Environmental Law Lectures

    The WCEL video lecture series provides a valuable online resource for WCEL members and partners.

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    Environmental Law Webinars

    WCEL has launched a Webinar Series featuring environmental law and policy experts from around the world.

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    Partner Highlights

    WCEL’s focus on maximizing collaboration draws together the global environmental law community. This page serves as an outlet to highlight the great number of activities being undertaken by partners.

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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.

     

    WCEL Video Library Photo: Nicholas Bryner

    WCEL Environmental Law Video Library

    This library provides insights from internationally recognized experts discussing critical topics of interest to the global environmental law community.

     

    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

    Conference of Judges and Prosecutors on Water Justice - March 2018

    8th World Water Forum : 19-21 March 2018

     

    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.

     

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