World Commission on Environmental Law

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  • In the spotlight:

    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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    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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    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.

  • In the spotlight:

    Environmental Law Toolkit

    Find out about the useful legal resources of the World Commission on Environmental Law.

Latest news

  • Paricipants in Rio de Janeiro

    High-Level Preparatory Meetings for the 8th World Water Forum


    On 8 December 2017, the IUCN World Commission on Environmental Law (WCEL) convened two high-level events in Rio de Janeiro in preparation for the “Judges and Prosecutors Subprocess” of the 8th World Water Forum. This is the first time that the Forum will be...

  • IUCN Council Expresses Support for WCEL's Work on the Global Pact for the Environment


    The IUCN Council has officially welcomed the initiative of WCEL to contribute to drafting and promoting the Global Pact for the Environment for eventual adoption by the United Nations General Assembly.

  • Royal High Court Bhutan

    WCEL Chair's Mission to Bhutan


    Upon invitation of the Supreme Court, Justice Antonio Benjamin travelled to the capital city of Thimpu (Bhutan) at the end of October 2017. This was the first visit ever to Bhutan by a WCEL Chair, and despite its great biodiversity, there were no members of...

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