World Commission on Environmental Law

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L-R: Antonio Benjamin, Nicholas A. Robinson, Christina Voigt, Nilufer Oral and Parvez Hassan representing WCEL

Why become a WCEL member?

WCEL is a volunteer network of environmental law and policy experts from across the world serving as the principal source of technical legal advice to IUCN, its members, and collaborating institutions on all aspects of environmental law. WCEL has been working for over 50 years to establish and solidify the legal foundations for the conservation of nature and natural resources, and your membership can now serve to bolster coordination and yield yet more enduring success far into the future.

Specialist Groups

WCEL members have the opportunity to participate in specialist groups on the following topics:

  1. Peace, Security, and Conflict 
  2. Climate Change
  3. Compliance and Enforcement
  4. Early Career Group
  5. Ethics
  6. Forests
  7. Indigenous Peoples and Environmental Law
  8. Oceans, Coasts, and Coral Reefs
  9. Soil, Dessertification, and Sustainable Agriculture
  10. Water and Wetlands


Honorary WCEL members

The following persons were proposed and appointed as honorary WCEL members, in recognition of their outstanding lifelong contribution to environmental law:

  • Hon. Justice P.N. Bhagwati (India)
  • Mr. J. William Futrell (U.S.A.)
  • Dr. Parvez Hassan (Pakistan)
  • Mr. Donald W. Kaniaru (Kenya)
  • Ambassador Tommy Koh (Singapore)
  • Dr. Charles Odidi Okidi (Kenya)
  • Professor Nicholas A. Robinson (U.S.A.)
  • Dr. Iwona Rummel-Bulska (Kenya)
  • Professor Dinah L. Shelton (U.S.A.)
  • Hon. Justice Paul Stein (Australia)

In Memoriam:

  • Dr. Wolfgang E. Burhenne (Germany) (2017)
  • Dr. Françoise Burhenne-Guilmin (Belgium) (2013)
  • Professor Patricia W. Birnie (U.K.) (2013)
  • Ms. Angela S. Cropper (Trinidad & Tobago) (2012)
  • Dr. Julio A. Barberis (Argentina) (2011)
  • Professor Alexandre Kiss (France) (2007)
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