Legal training

Training is an effective tool to enable and support key actors to make better decisions and promote strong and well-implemented legal frameworks that advance conservation and sustainable development. 

IUCN legal training

Trainings take various forms, such as workshops, seminars, webinars, and online learning courses. These can range from general introductions to international or national environmental law themes to tailor made subject and context specific courses.

Face-to-face trainings and workshops

IUCN offers face-to-face and tailor-made training modules and capacity building workshops on various themes relating to environmental law, biodiversity conservation law, protected areas law and governance and water law.

Online learning courses

General introductions to various themes including Wildlife Crime, Oceans and Water are available on demand in self-paced courses online.

Homepage Legal Training Photo: IUCN ELT

Webinars, lectures and summer schools

The Environmental Law Team, the World Commission on Environmental Law and the associated IUCN Academy of Environmental Law offer multiple opportunities to learn about emerging legal concepts through webinars, lectures and summer courses.

IUCN has developed trainings for various audiences, including judges, policymakers, legal practitioners and students. These includes conservation topics like Protected Area Management, integrated planning for climate change and biodiversity, wildlife crime, financing conservation, oceans governance, and water governance and diplomacy.

Water workshop 2018, Viet Nam


Legal training is an effective way to support and empower key stakeholders to make informed decisions and promote strong and well-implemented legal and institutional frameworks that advance conservation and sustainable development.

Aside from training events, IUCN also offers learning resources, like toolkits, guidelines, pre-made learning modules, and case studies. These resources provide the knowledge and information for interested individuals to develop and test their understanding and capacities on environmental law and governance.

Currently available online learning courses: Wildlife Crime: Legal and Institutional Aspects

In this course, participants will gain an in-depth understanding of poaching and illegal wildlife trade, its widespread consequences for biodiversity and the legal implications, from the supply and demand perspectives.
The course includes the role of international agreements in addressing illegal wildlife trade and provide case law analysis from three illegal wildlife trade ‘hotspots’, Cameroon, the Republic of Congo and China.

Mokolo dam in South Africa
IUCN introductory course on natural World Heritage

Are you interested in helping conserve the world’s most outstanding natural places? Join the IUCN Academy for a free online course to learn more about natural World Heritage sites and what makes them different from other types of protected areas…