About & How We Engage

WCEL works to enhance the development and strengthen the implementation of environmental law and policy, including through best practices and inter-sectoral strategies for effective compliance and enforcement.

WCEL promotes the environmental rule of law globally, particularly in countries that seek to improve their law and governance systems.

WCEL aims to strengthen the capacity of governments, the judiciary, prosecutors, law schools and other stakeholders as they develop and implement environmental law.

900+ members


a global network of environmental law and policy experts from all regions of the world

8 specialist groups


working on biodiversity, climate change, early career, ethics, oceans, peace, security & conflict, soils & sustainable agriculture, water and wetlands

2 task forces


on a Model Forest Act and on the Global Judicial Institute on the Environment

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Commission leadership

The Steering Committee governs the activities of WCEL. It is composed of the Commission Chair, the Deputy Chair, members, chairs emeriti and ex officio members. 

Chrstina Voigt, WCEL Commission chair

Prof. Dr. Christina Voigt, Commission Chair

Prof. Dr. Christina Voigt is Professor of Law at the University of Oslo, Norway. She is an expert in international environmental law i.e. climate change, multilateralism and sustainability. 

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Law is the governance tool to translate science into action and to bring about systemic change. WCEL will work to promote and enhance the environmental rule of law to support such change.

Dr. Ayman Cherkaoui

Dr. Ayman Cherkaoui, WCEL Deputy Chair

Mr. Ayman Cherkaoui is the Coordinator for the Mohammed VI Prize for the Climate and Sustainable Development as well as Strategic Development Officer at the Mohammed VI Foundation for Environmental Protection. 

University of Oslo
Call for Abstracts: 2022 Oslo International Environmental Law Conference

The conference will focus on “The Transformative Power of Law: Addressing Global Environmental Challenges” and abstracts for presentations should be submitted by 30 April 2022.