About & How We Engage

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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.

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900+ members

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

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8 specialist groups

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

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2 task forces

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

Our Work

WCEL supports action by international governmental organisations, governments and non-governmental organisations to improve or develop legal and institutional infrastructure best attuned to natural resources conservation in the context of sustainable development.

Environmental law is a crucial lever in generating transformative change.

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.

 

The goals of WCEL are –

  • advancing local, national, regional and international laws, administrative instruments and customary norms that support the environmental rule of law, are grounded in environmental ethics and foster ecological sustainability;

  • conducting and promoting education and research to strengthen the environmental rule of law and undertaking capacity building to enable governments and stakeholders to actively participate in effective environmental governance at all levels;

  • supporting the effective implementation of environmental laws and ensure effective compliance and enforcement;

  • providing a forum for the development and integration of environmental law into all aspects and levels of governance; and

  • creating and promoting partnerships to support development, implementation and enforcement of environmental rule of law and extending professional and expert networks dedicated to the environmental rule of law.

 

WCEL lectures and webinars

WCEL has launched a lectures and a webinar series featuring environmental law and policy experts from around the world addressing emerging issues in environmental law.

The videos provide a valuable online resource for WCEL members and partners.

The high-level lecturers include distinguished members of WCEL and the Global Judicial Institute on the Environment, including judges, law professors, scientists, legal professionals, early career leaders, public prosecutors, and representatives of international organisations.

 

Environmental Law Lectures Environmental Law Lectures Photo: WCEL
Environmental Law and Policy Webinars Environmental Law and Policy Webinars Photo: WCEL
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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. 

IUCN WCEL Specialist Groups &Task Forces 2021-2025

Climate Change Law Specialist Group
Francesco Sindico (Chair), Fabiano de Andrade Correa (Deputy-Chair)

Early Career Specialist Group
Marina Demaria Venâncio (Chair), Alvin Gachie (Deputy-Chair)

Ethics Specialist Group
Katy Gwiazdon (Chair), Cristiane Derani (Deputy-Chair)

Ocean Law Specialist Group
Cymie Payne (Chair), Pradeep Singh (Deputy-Chair)

Environmental Security and Conflict Law Specialist Group 
Karen Hulme (Chair), Daniëlla Dam-de Jong (Deputy-Chair)

Soil and Sustainable Agriculture Law Specialist Group 
Irene Heuser (Chair), Beth Dooley (Deputy-Chair)

Water and Wetlands Law Specialist Group 
Stefano Burchi (Chair), Michael Hantke-Domas (Deputy-Chair)

Biodiversity Law Specialist Group
Emmanuel Kasimbazi (Chair), Michelle Lim (Deputy-Chair)

Task Force on a Model Forest Act 
Antonio Benjamin (Chair)

Task Force on the Global Judicial Institute on the Environment 
Nicholas Bryner (Focal point)

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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.