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  • Asia Pacific Judicial Colloquium Participants of the Asia Pacific Judicial Colloquium on Climate Change in Lahore, Pakistan  Photo: WCEL

    Asia Pacific Judicial Colloquium: Discussion in Lahore Focuses on Increasing Ability of the Judiciary to Apply Environmental Constitutionalism for Climate Justice

    24.05.2018

    Senior Judges in the Asia Pacific region convened with eminent legal and policy experts from around the world on 26-27 February in Lahore, Pakistan to increase dialogue and build the capacity of judges to use constitutions to advance environmental rights and...

  • ICEF Rome Brasilia Declaration Stefano Burchi speaking to the importance of the Brasília Declaration of Judges on Water Justice during the International Conference on Environmental Governance and Sustainable Cities at Rome City Hall on 20-21 April 2018. Photo: WCEL

    Brasília Declaration of Judges on Water Justice Presented in Rome

    23.05.2018

    WCEL Member Stefano Burchi spoke to the importance of the Brasília Declaration of Judges on Water Justice during the International Conference on Environmental Governance and Sustainable Cities at Rome City Hall on 20-21 April 2018.

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    WCEL 2017 Annual Highlights and 2018 Progress

    21.05.2018

    WCEL presents its report highlighting activities during 2017 and early 2018.

  • Harmony with Nature Participants of the 8th Interactive Dialogue on Harmony with Nature Photo: WCEL

    WCEL at the UN General Assembly Dialogue on Harmony with Nature

    18.05.2018

    Commemorating International Mother Earth Day (22 April), WCEL Members were featured speakers during the 8th Interactive Dialogue on Harmony with Nature on 23 April 2018 during the 72nd session of the United Nations General Assembly.

  • IUCN World Conservation Congress 2020 signing ceremony Photo: IUCN

    France to host IUCN World Conservation Congress 2020

    18.05.2018

    Marseille, France – The French Ministry for the Ecological and Inclusive Transition and IUCN, International Union for Conservation of Nature, today signed an agreement to jointly organise the next IUCN World Conservation Congress, to be held in 2020 in...

  • Belgian Civil Code Photo: SERES

    Belgian Civil Code Revision: Time to Insert an Obigation to Remedy Ecological Damage?

    15.05.2018

    Belgium is revising its Civil Code, which poses a rare opportunity to include updates to address liability issues.

  • Białowieska Forest Photo: IUCN

    Białowieża Forest Case: Judgement by Court of Justice of the EU

    15.05.2018

    In its ruling of 17 April 2018, the Court of Justice of the European Union found that the Government of Poland has failed to fulfill its obligations to protect the Białowieska Forest and ordered the immediate repeal of illegal logging permits.   ...

  • Bonn Climate Conference 2018 Christina Voigt, 2nd from left, with colleagues at the Law and Governance Roundtable on 5 May in Bonn, Germany discussing “Governing Climate Action - Rule of Law and Justice Dimensions of Implementing the Paris Agreement” Photo: WCEL

    WCEL Contributions Toward UNFCCC/CoP-24 in Katowice

    07.05.2018

    Professor Christina Voigt, Chair of the WCEL Climate Change Specialist Group, is participating in technical sessions in Bonn, Germany as negotiators from around the world seek to progress on the Paris Agreement Work Programme in preparation for UNFCC/CoP-24...

  • WCEL Video Library Photo: WCEL

    Announcing the WCEL Environmental Law Video Library

    01.05.2018

    The World Commission on Environmental Law is delighted to announce the launch of the “WCEL Environmental Law Video Library.”

  • Tigray rangelands in Ethiopia Tigray rangelands in Ethiopia  Photo: Jonathan Davies

    Worsening land degradation undermining human well-being worldwide, experts warn

    30.04.2018

    The pervasive nature and scale of land degradation is currently undermining the well-being of two fifths of humanity, according to an IUCN co-authored assessment of global land degradation and restoration.

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