World Commission on Environmental Law


  • University of Otago clocktower building

    Environmental Adjudication in the 21st Century


    This symposium convened on 11-12 April in Auckland (New Zealand) gathering judges, practitioners, and academics to discuss and debate the challenges for environmental adjudication in the coming decades. 

  • NGT World Environment Congress 2017, New Delhi

    India’s NGT Looks at the Global Level


    India’s National Green Tribunal convened the “World Environment Congress” from 25-26 March, 2017 in New Delhi where judges, lawyers, scientists, and civil society joined to advance dialogue on environmental challenges and the legal community’s capacity to...

  • Waterfalls Parque Nacional Chapada dos Veadeiros

    Steering Committee charts course for next 4 years


    The WCEL Steering Committee met from 10-13 February in Brazil for their first in-person meeting of 2017 hosted at the National High Court of Brazil (STJ) in Brasilia. The meeting agenda consisted of a “high-level preparatory segment”, consultations with...

  • Just released: International Yearbook of Soil Law and Policy


    The first volume of the International Yearbook of Soil Law and Policy (2016) has recently been published. The intention of this first volume is to establish a platform for discussion among legislators, lawyers and policymakers regarding regulatory concepts...

  • Preparations for PrepCom III: Developing a legally binding instrument on marine biological diversity in ABNJ


    In an invitation dated 1 February, 2017, Gabriele Goettsche-Wanli (Director, UN/DOALOS) calls for delegations to communicate the names of their representatives for the 3rd Session of the Preparatory Committee established by General Assembly resolution 69/292...

  • WCEL Chair meeting Deputy Chief Justice Dr. Nguyen Thuy Hien at the Supreme People’s Court

    Chair’s Mission to Vietnam


    In January 2017, Antonio H. Benjamin became the first Chair of the IUCN World Commission on Environmental Law to ever visit Vietnam. WCEL membership has great potential to grow and the IUCN Vietnam Country Office in Hanoi provides great opportunities for...

  • Chair's Mission to India


    In January 2017, WCEL Chair Antonio Benjamin made a 10-day visit to India. With the support of the Brazilian Mission to India, Justice Benjamin met with leading judicial and environmental institutes, and individuals in three cities: Mumbai, New Delhi, and...

  • In Memoriam: Dr. Wolfgang E. Burhenne


      IN MEMORIAM Dr. Wolfgang E. Burhenne (April 27, 1924 – January 6, 2017) On January 6, 2017, a cold winter’s day in Germany, under clear blue sky with bright sunshine, Wolfgang E. Burhenne’s  life ended, peacefully, with his daughter...

  • Wolfgang E. Burhenne

    IUCN mourns the loss of environmental law pioneer Wolfgang E. Burhenne


    IUCN is deeply saddened by the passing of Dr Wolfgang E. Burhenne, a pioneer of environmental law and key architect of the modern environmental movement. Dr Burhenne passed away on 6 January, 2017 at the age of 92.

  • Visita UICN América del Sur al Tribunal Andino de Justicia

    Tribunal de Justicia de la Comunidad Andina en contacto con la UICN


    Debido a la riqueza y diversidad natural de la zona andina, el ejercicio y aplicación del Derecho Ambiental tienen una importancia singular en esta subregión del continente americano. La UICN, a través de su Oficina Regional para América del Sur y de su...


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