Story | 01 Dec, 2021

High-Level Judicial Event on the Future Role of Judges in Environmental Law will be held Online from 8 to 10 December

More than fifty judges and legal scholars will gather in person and online to present at the High-Level Judicial segment of the IUCN-WCEL 2nd World Environmental Law Congress, The Role of Judges: Environmental Law 2030 and Beyond. The hybrid event will be held at the Supreme Court of the State of Rio de Janeiro from Wednesday, 8 December through Friday, 10 December, 2021. The outcomes of the event, presented in congress proceedings and posted recordings of sessions, will help strengthen judicial capacity in nature conservation around the world.

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The event is organized by the IUCN World Commission on Environmental Law (WCEL), in cooperation with the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), the Supreme Court of the State of Rio de Janeiro, the Global Judicial Institute on the Environment (GJIE), the International Association of Judges (IAJ), the Asian Development Bank (ADB) as well as several other international and national institutions.

This hybrid event will reaffirm, further develop, and advance the 2016 IUCN World Declaration on the Environmental Rule of Law and the 2018 Brasilia Judicial Declaration on Water Justice, in light of the Marseille Manifesto and outcomes of the 2021 IUCN World Conservation Congress (September 2021), the recognition of a right to a clean, healthy and sustainable environment by the United Nations Human Rights Council (September 2021), the Kunming Declaration of CBD COP 15 (October 2021), and the outcomes of UNFCCC COP 26 in Glasgow (November 2021).

The High-Level Judicial Event will include discussions on the following topics:

  • Climate Change, Biodiversity and the Environmental Rule of Law in the Montevideo V Programme
  • The Water Crisis and the 2018 Brasília Declaration of Judges on Water Justice
  • The 2021 IUCN Marseille Manifesto: Key Messages to Judges on Biodiversity and Climate Change
  • Judicial Education on Climate Change and Biodiversity Law: The African and Asian Experiences
  • The Role of Courts in Protecting Environmental Defenders
  • Judges and the Oceans Crisis
  • The Promises of the Climate COP 26 in Glasgow 2021 and Stockholm+50
  • Judges, Forests and Protected Areas
  • Rights of Nature

Please register to participate online here.

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