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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  • In the spotlight:

    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.

  • In the spotlight:

    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 will be held at the Supreme Court of the State of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil from Wednesday, March 25 through Sunday, March 29, 2020. 

  • In the spotlight:

    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.

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    IUCN World Conservation Congress

    The IUCN World Conservation Congress will be held in Marseilles, France in June 2020. Opportunities to participate in the Congress are already open to Commission Members.

    Get involved in the IUCN Congress

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

    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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Plenary session at the IUCN World Environmental Law Congress in Rio Photo: TJ Rio / AMAERJ

Members Activities

WCEL Members take an active role contributing to initiatives that achieve the objectives of the Commission. This section provides quick access to some of the latest activities.

 

Lawyers collaborate to aid implementation of the Convention on Biodiversity Photo: WCEL/AEL

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.

 

CEESP Publications Photo: IUCN CEESP

Publications

A direct access to the IUCN Environmental Law Library, the ECOLEX Database, the WILDLEX Database and WCEL's Environmental Law Video Library

 

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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.

 

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

 

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.

 

LAC Regional Judicial Colloquium Photo: Nicholas Bryner

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

22-23 May 2017: The Regional Judicial Colloquium focused on the topic of “Constitutions, Environment, and Human Rights: Practice and Implementation”.

 

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