World Commission on Environmental Law

Global Judicial Institute on the Environment

Second International Meeting of the Global Judicial Institute on the Environment
Judges play a critical role in responding to pressing environmental crises - including biodiversity loss, climate change, and water security. The mission of the Global Judicial Institute on the Environment (GJIE) is to support the role of judges, courts, and tribunals in applying and enforcing environmental laws and in promoting the environmental rule of law and the fair distribution of environmental benefits and burdens.

The Global Judicial Institute on the Environment (GJIE) is organized by judges for judges and committed to judicial independence, transparency, and integrity that supports the judiciary across the world to effectively handle cases concerning the environment. Building on a long history of successful partnerships between the IUCN World Commission on Environmental Law, UN Environment, the Organization of American States, the Asian Development Bank, and several other partners, the GJIE seeks to develop and enhance the capacity of judges, courts, and tribunals across the world to exercise their role in environmental matters through the effective implementation, compliance, and enforcement of the law. Composed of actively sitting judges from around the world and led by an elected council of judges to direct and oversee activities, the GJIE provides opportunities to exchange information, create partnerships for collaboration, strengthen capacity, and provide research and analysis on topics important for environmental adjudication, court practices, and the environmental rule of law. Key activities of the Institute include:

  • Judicial capacity-building and education programs, especially to  improve the administration and resolution of cases and disputes;
  • Technical assistance by sharing best judicial practices, stimulating collaboration, and bolstering information exchange;
  • Convening judges, courts, tribunals, court officials, judicial education institutions, and additional partners at international, regional, national, and subnational levels; and
  • Research, analysis, and publications focussing on environmental adjudication and dipute resolution, court practices and procedures, court administration, legal clamis and actions, judicial remedies, and environmental justice.

The Global Judicial Institute on the Environment is currently directed by an Interim Governing Committee chosen from among all Founding Members of the Institute. Current Interim Governing Committee Members are:

  1. Justice Antonio Herman Benjamin, Member National High Court of Brazil and Chair, IUCN World Commission on Environmental Law (Brazil)
  2. Justice Ragnhild Noer, Member Supreme Court of Norway and Member Steering Committee, IUCN WCEL (Norway)
  3. Justice Michael Wilson, Associate Judge Supreme Court of Hawai’i (USA)
  4. Justice Syed Mansoor Ali Shah, Member Supreme Court of Pakistan (Pakistan)
  5. Justice Swatanter Kumar, Chairperson National Green Tribunal (India)
  6. Justice I Gusti Agung Sumanatha, Member Supreme Court of Indonesia (Indonesia)
  7. Lord Robert Carnwath, Member Supreme Court United Kingdom and UN Environment International Advisory Council (UK)
  8. Justice Dr. Emmanuel Ugirashebuja, President East African Court of Justice (Rwanda
  9. Justice Luc Lavrysen, Member of the Constitutional Court of Belgium and President European Forum of Judges for the Environment (Belgium)
  10. Justice Brian Preston, Chief Judge of the Land and Environment Court of New South Wales (Australia)
  11. Justice Ricardo Lorenzetti, President Supreme Court of Justice of Argentina (Argentina)
  12. Justice Michelle Weekes, Member Supreme Court of Judicature of Barbados (Barbados)



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