17th IUCN Academy of Environmental Law Colloquium

The 17th Annual Colloquium of the IUCN Academy of Environmental Law  brought together participants from all over the world to discuss current international, comparative, national, and local environmental law issues.

IUCN AEL Colloquium

The 17th Annual Colloquium of the IUCN Academy of Environmental Law took place in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia from 4 August through 7 August 2019. The event was hosted by Universiti Teknologi MARA. The theme of this year's Colloquium was “Achieving the Sustainable Development Goals: Law as part of the solution."

The IUCN Academy is made up of a network of 204 universities, law schools, and research institutions focused on environmental law, from 60 countries. The first IUCN Academy Colloquium was held in Shanghai, China in 2003. Subsequent Colloquium have been held all over the world including Scotland (2018), the Philippines (2017), and Norway (2016). 


Below, Elizabeth Kirk, Chair of the IUCN Academy of Environmental Law discusses some of the achievements of the IUCN Academy, future challenges for environmental law academics, and the intersection between the Academy and the IUCN.


The IUCN Academy of Environmental Law and the World Commission on Environmental Law

The IUCN Academy and the World Commission on Environmental Law (WCEL) continue to have a close, collaborative relationship. The incoming Chair of the  Academy Governing Board Rose-Liza Eisma-Osorio, will serve on the WCEL Steering Committee. WCEL Chair Antonio Benjamin serves on the Governing Board of the Academy with Deputy Chair Denise Antolini as his alternate. Many of WCEL's 1000+ individual members are part of the academic institutions that form the Academy's membership.

WCEL hosted a meeting for current and potential WCEL Members on the second day of the IUCN Academy Colloquium. Deputy Chair Denise Antolini explained the benefits of joining WCEL and articulated the partnership between WCEL and the Academy. The event drew approximately 50 participants and nearly a dozen potential members subsequently applied for WCEL membership. 


Below, Jose Juan Gonzalez Marquez, Member of the IUCN Academy Governing Board discusses his history with the IUCN Academy, bringing early career professionals into the IUCN Academy, and future challenges in environmental law.


Additionally, WCEL was well represented at the IUCN Academy Colloquium with more than 60 WCEL Members in attendance. The following WCEL Members presented, moderated sessions, or delivered remarks at the IUCN Academy Colloquium:

  1. Amanda Kennedy (Queensland University of Technology, Australia) Teachers’ Workshop

  2. Elizabeth A. Kirk (Lincoln Law School, U) - Keynote Speech

  3. David Forman (William S. Richardson School of Law, University of Hawaii at Manoa, USA) 5th Tony Oposa Intergenerational Moot Court Presentation

  4. Erin Daly (Professor of Law, Widener University Delaware Law School, USA)

  5. Trevor Daya-Winterbottom (University of Waikato, New Zealand)

  6. Willemien du Plessis ( North-West University, South Africa) - Moderator

  7. Louis J. Kotzé (North-West University, South Africa) - Moderator

  8. Katie Woolaston (University of Adelaide and Queensland University of Technology, Australia)

  9. Environmental Lawyers Key to Achieving Sustainability and the Sustainable Development Goals – Perspectives from Biodiversity Conservation

  10. Erin Daly (Widener University Delaware Law School, USA) Environmental Rule of Law and the SDGs

  11. Trevor Daya-Winterbottom (University of Waikato, New Zealand) The Future of Water

  12. Louis J. Kotzé (North-West University, South Africa) The Sustainable Development Goals-An Existential Critique Alongside Three New-millennial Analytical Paradigms

  13. Marina Demaria Venâncio (University of Santa Catarina, Brazil) Law and Agroecology in Brazil

  14. Noor Mohammad (Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman Maritime University, Bangladesh) - Moderator

  15. Fabiano de Andrade Correa (FAO, Brazil) - Moderator

  16. Angela van der Berg (North-West University, South Africa) Can South African Planning Law and

  17. Policy Promote Urban Sustainability in the Anthropocene?

  18. Maša Kovič Dine (University of Ljubljana, Slovenia) Consequences of the recognition of forest protection as a common concern of humankind for the Anthropocene

  19. Noor Mohammad (Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman Maritime University, Bangladesh) The Role of Environmental Courts for promoting public health in Bangladesh: An Empirical Study

  20. Michelle Lim et al. (University of Adelaide, Australia) Charting Environmental Law Futures in the Anthropocene

  21. Nadia Astriani (Universitas Padjadjaran, Indonesia) The Gap that Keeps Us Apart: Access to Clean Water, Water Quality Improvement Plan and the Disconnect of theTwo Sets of Norms

  22. Elena Aydos (University of Newcastle, Australia) Reality and possibilities of waste disposal in Australia: Pursuing Sustainable Development Goal 11 in the context of the Chinese ban

  23. Marina Demaria Venâncio (FAO and Federal University of Santa Catarina, Brazil) International environmental law in the Anthropocene: Addressing the gaps towards ‘sustainable development law

  24. Tiina Paloniitty (University of Helsinki, Finland and Finnish Environment Institute, Finland) Reviewing All (or Some) Normative Decisions? Water Models in Finnish Judicial Review

  25. Anastasia Telesetsky (University of Idaho, USA) - Moderator

  26. Stefan Gruber (Kyoto University, Japan) - Moderator

  27. Mingqing You (Zhongnan University of Economics and Law, China) A Game Theory Interpretation of Environmental Public Interest Litigation in China

  28. Lisa Benjamin (London School of Economics and Political Science) Climate litigation –

  29. regulatory lessons (for the Global North) from the Global South

  30. Laely Nurhidayah (Indonesian Institute of Sciences) Coastal adaptation laws and the social justice of policies to address sea level rise: An Indonesian insight

  31. Anastasia Telesetsky (University of Idaho, USA) Stemming the Tide of Marine Plastics: Are Existing Waste Management Laws and Policies Enough?

  32. Stefan Gruber (Kyoto University, Japan) World Heritage in the Asia-Pacific: Controversies and Politics

  33. Rob Fowler (University of South Australia) - Moderator

  34. Robert V. Percival (University of Maryland, USA) - Moderator

  35. Stellina Jolly (Assistant Professor of Law, South Asian University, India) - Moderator

  36. Nafiseh Jafarzadeh (Macquarie University, Australia) Global Assessment and Review – A Transparency Turn in International Environmental Law

  37. Erika Techera (University of Western Australia) Fisheries Governance In The Indo-Pacific: Achieving The SDGS, Environmental Justice And Food Security

  38. Ben Boer (Wuhan University and University of Sydney) The SDGs and Ecological Civilisation

  39. Robert V. Percival (University of Maryland, USA) Assessing the Sustainable Development Goals Through the Lens of Global Environmental Law

  40. Tumai Murombo (University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa) Promoting sustainable (renewable) energy in an age of inertia: South African renewable energy Procurement

  41. LeRoy Paddock (George Washington University, USA) Collaborating with Underserved Communities to Address Energy Justice and Promote Energy Democracy

  42. Rob Fowler (University of South Australia) A Proposal for A New International Instrument to Support SDG 15.3 (Achieving Land Degradation Neutrality By 2030) Modelled on the Paris Agreement on Climate Change

  43. Valentina Dotto (Birmingham City University, UK) - Moderator

  44. Katrina Fischer Kuh (Pace University, USA) - Moderator

  45. Mahito Shindo (Waseda University, Japan) Influence of the Aarhus Convention Compliance Committee on the activities of the Parliamentary Ombudsman in Ireland and Sweden

  46. Samira Idllalène (Cadi Ayyad University, Morocco) Legal indicators and Islamic Environmental law in a comparative law Perspective

  47. Heline Sivini Ferreira and Diogo Andreola Serraglio (Pontifical Catholic University of Paraná, Brazil) The Implementation of International Insurance As A Social Support Mechanism When Faced With Human Mobility Due to The Adverse Effects Of Climate Change

  48. Valentina Dotto (Birmingham City University, UK) A new approach to law and governance: how to translate the moral claims of environmental rights into legal claims?

  49. Katrina Fischer Kuh (Pace University, USA) Constitution and Climate: Evaluating the Role of Constitutional Law in Defining the U.S. Response to Climate Change

  50. Erin Daly (Widener University Delaware Law School, USA) Dignity Rights and the SDGs

  51. Heline Sivini Ferreira (The Pontifical Catholic University of Paraná, Brazil)

  52. Volker Mauerhofer (Mid Sweden University) Addressing Biodiversity Loss Crises by strengthening Species Protection Procedures: Experiences from the European Union with Compensatory Measures

  53. Jennifer McKay (University of South Australia) Australia’s proud environmental protest history under threat from current anti protest laws – law reform suggestions

  54. Volker Mauerhofer (Mid Sweden University) - Moderator

  55. Mrinalini Banerjee (GD Goenka University, Gurugram, India) - Moderator

  56. Jonathan Liljeblad (Australian National University) Lost in Transplantation: Assessing Myanmar’s Protected Areas Reforms for Co- Management In Comparison to International Norms Nadia Astriani (Universitas Padjadjaran, Indonesia) Analysis of FORBALI (Forum Rakyat Bali Tolak Reklamasi) Movement in Bali, Indonesia to Achieve the Sustainable

  57. Hitoshi Ushijima (Chuo University, Japan) Boosting Offshore Wind Power Generation in Japan Mrinalini Banerjee (GD Goenka University, Gurugram, India) Environmental Refugees: Status, Legal Impasse & the State in the Sundarban Delta

  58. Paul Martin (University of New England, Australia) An evidence-based assessment of the implementation of environmental Governance

  59. Anél du Plessis (North West University South Africa) Cities of the South and the Globalisation of Urban Governance: SDG 11 in Perspective

  60. Volker Mauerhofer (Mid Sweden University) Integrating Sustainable Development Goals and Dimensions: de lege ferenda and de lege lata perspectives towards more environmentally just solutions

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