World Commission on Environmental Law

A Volunteer Global Environmental Law Network



How we engage 

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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  • Western gray whale in Sakhalin Western gray whale in Sakhalin  Photo: Yuri Yakovlev

    IUCN seeks whale conservation experts to advise on energy development impacts


    IUCN seeks applications from qualified individuals to serve on its independent scientific and technical advisory panel to minimize impacts on western gray whales during offshore oil and gas development near Sakhalin Island in the Russian Far East....


    WCEL announced today the global release of the WCEL-ICEL-IGEP Note


    The United Nations Secretary-General’s Report, “Gaps in international environmental law and environment-related instruments: towards a global pact for the environment” (A/73/419, 3 December 2018). 

  • Emmanuel Macron, Ban Ki-moon and Laurent Fabius present Global Pact Photo: Michel Richard

    United Nations Secretary General promotes Global Pact


    New York, 4 December 2018 – On 3 December 2018, UN Secretary-General Guterres released the UN’s very first report on the state of international environmental law. This work will be decisive if international law is to adequately meet the urgency of Earth’s...

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


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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LAC Regional Judicial Colloquium Photo: Nicholas Bryner

Regional Judicial Colloquium for Latin-America and the Caribbean

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


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

8th World Water Forum : 19-21 March 2018


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