World Commission on Environmental Law

A Volunteer Global Environmental Law Network



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  • In the spotlight:

    Global Judicial Institute on the Environment

    The GJIE is intended as a forum to unify the ongoing efforts of various national and international organizations already preparing, training, and enhancing the capacity of judges on environmental issues. 

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    WCEL Environmental Law Video Library

    The “WCEL Environmental Law Video Library” is a signature initiative providing access to the knowledge base and legal capacity of commission members, partners, and the broader environmental law and policy community. Environmental law topics selected are diverse ranging from cutting-edge concepts to well established tenets of the discipline.

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    Environmental Rule of Law

    At the 1st IUCN World Environmental Law Congress: the “IUCN World Declaration on the Environmental Rule of Law” was adopted, outlining 13 principles to serve as the foundation for developing and implementing solutions for ecologically sustainable development.

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    Global Pact for the Environment

    A new initiative to prepare, introduce, and eventually adopt the “Global Pact for the Environment”, chaired by the Constitutional Council of the French Republic, in close cooperation with the IUCN World Commission on Environmental Law (WCEL), and with operational support from the Environment Commission of the Club des Juristes.

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    8th World Water Forum Conference of Judges and Prosecutors on Water Justice

    The Conference of Judges and Prosecutors on Water Justice convened over 140 distinguished participants from 60 countries to engage in high-level discussions on the management, use, and protection of freshwater resources. Participating judges approved the "Brasilia Declaration of Judges on Water Justice" as a set of ten principles for guiding the legal community worldwide to protect water and water-related ecosystems.


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    WCEL 2017 Annual Highlights and 2018 Progress


    WCEL presents its report highlighting activities during 2017 and early 2018.

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    WCEL at the UN General Assembly Dialogue on Harmony with Nature


    Commemorating International Mother Earth Day (22 April), WCEL Members were featured speakers during the 8th Interactive Dialogue on Harmony with Nature on 23 April 2018 during the 72nd session of the United Nations General Assembly.

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    France to host IUCN World Conservation Congress 2020


    Marseille, France – The French Ministry for the Ecological and Inclusive Transition and IUCN, International Union for Conservation of Nature, today signed an agreement to jointly organise the next IUCN World Conservation Congress, to be held in 2020 in...

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