On Friday 13 November, 2020, the IUCN World Commission on Environmental Law (WCEL), the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), and the Global Judicial Institute on the Environment (GJIE), hosted the eleventh event in the WCEL Webinar Series "Recent Developments in Environmental Rule of Law in Africa".
The main purpose of this webinar was knowledge-sharing and deepening a shared understanding of the key aspects of recent developments in the area of environmental rule of law in Africa. Dr. Emmanuel Ugirashebuja, President of the East African Court of Justice, observed that "while each jurisdiction in Africa has its own distinct history and culture, as well as its constitutional arrangement and institutions, judiciaries can derive from each other such benefits as may be offered to each other in as far as the development of the environmental rule of law is involved."
The webinar was moderated by Dr. Ugirashebuja and featured panel presentations by justices and judges from across Africa. Justice Sir Dennis Adjei, Ghana Court of Appeal, discussed environmental crimes in Africa. Justice Nambitha Dambuza, Supreme Court of Appeal, South Africa discussed the right of the African people to a non-harmful environment. Hon. Lady Justice Dr. Millicent Odeny, High Court of Kenya focused on recent legislative, policy and judicial developments in environmental rule of law in Kenya. And finally, Judge Elisa Samuel, Director, Center for Legal and Judicial Training of Mozambique, presented some opportunities to stregthen institutional capacity of judicial training in environmental law in Africa.
A full recording of the Webinar is available here: