World Commission on Environmental Law


The IUCN WCEL Ethics Specialist Group is a global network of practitioners and scholars from across disciplines seeking to (1) highlight the ethical issues in biodiversity conservation and specific natural resource controversies; and (2) engage with diverse local and global partners to foster ethical engagement, bear witness to ethics in action, and share stories of success and failure.

Klaus BosselmannSpecialist Group Chair :

Klaus Bosselmann

Goals of the Specialist Group

  • The ESG seeks to be the hub for ethical engagement within IUCN by actively seeking to highlight ethical issues in conservation and decision-making, and being responsive to queries from members, commissions, or Secretariat bodies.
  • Advancing major global projects, including the Biosphere Ethics Initiative (BEI), Climate Change Justice, Earth Democracy (including Earth Jurisprudence), and Ecological Law and Governance.

Klaus Bosselmann

Klaus Bosselmann has been teaching in the areas of public international law, European law, constitutional law, jurisprudence and comparative and international environmental law. His research focus is on the conceptual and international dimensions of environmental law and governance. He is particularly interested in sustainability ethics with respect to climate change, biodiversity, justice, human rights, legislation, democracy and international law.

Klaus has been the Director of the New Zealand Centre for Environmental Law since its establishment in 1999. As Chair of the Ethics Specialist Group of the IUCN World Commission on Environmental Law, he currently coordinates a number of international research collaborations in the area of sustainability law and governance. Klaus also has an active role in projects and annual conferences of the Global Ecological Integrity Group and several other professional networks. He has authored or edited 25 books on environmental law, political ecology, and sustainability law and governance;his numerous articles appeared in many of the world’s leading law journals. In 2009, he was the Inaugural Winner of the Senior Scholarship Prize of the IUCN Academy of Environmental Law, the global body of environmental law scholars.

Chairs Emeriti

Peter Burdon Gwiazdon Katy J. Ronald Engel
Peter Burdon Katy Gwiazdon  J. Ronald Engel
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