Call for Papers: Poverty Alleviation and Environmental Protection

23 April 2008 | News story

The 6th Annual Colloquium of the IUCN Academy of Environmental Law will be held in Mexico City, Mexico, from 10-15 November 2008. The theme will be “Poverty Alleviation and Environmental Protection.”

The colloquium is being organized by the Metropolitan Autonomous University and an Organizing Committee drawn from a number of Mexican universities and other bodies.  The Chair of the Committee is Professor José Juan González.

This academic meeting will examine the legal, institutional, and social challenges of poverty-environment linkages.

With this aim, the Colloquium will discuss the diverse approaches adopted by both, international community and national governments in the field of legislation, public policies and governmental institutions to deal with such challenges. The Colloquium also aims to analyze the importance of public participation in taking decisions regarding to environmental protection and poverty alleviation as well as the role of Judiciary in making possible the real access to environmental justice and promoting sustainable development.

The Colloquium will analyze the mentioned issues from the global perspective, but taking into account the way developed and developing countries are addressing the mentioned issues as well.

This academic meeting offers an excellent forum for experts on environmental protection and poverty alleviation management, representatives of international agencies, national governments and civil society in general to expose and share their ideas on the bases of initiatives of lessons learned in their respective countries.

As a result, the Colloquium will generate new knowledge about the connection between poverty and environment, while allowing issuing a series of legal and policy recommendations for governments, international organisms and other interested parties. The papers presented during the Colloquium, after arbitration, will be edited for publication in an appropriate outlet.

Confirmed major speakers include:

  • Genáro Góngora Pimentel. Former President of Supreme Court of Justice of Mexico.
  • Marcelo Ebrard Casaubon. Governor of Mexico City. Mexico.
  • Diana Ponce Nava. Environmental and Land Use Prosecutor of Mexico City. Mexico.
  • Nicholas Robinson. Gilbert & Sarah Kerlin Distinguished Professor of Environmental Law. Pace University School of Law. Estados Unidos.
  • Michael Jeffery. Director of the Centre for Environmental Law, Macquarie University, Australia.
  • Jamie Benidickson. Faculty of Law. University of Ottawa. Canada.
  • Ben Boer.  Professor in Environmental Law. University of Sydney. Australia.
  • Robert Fowler. School of Natural and Built Environments. University of South Australia, Australia.
  • Charles Okidi. Director of the Centre for Advanced Studies in Environmental Law and Policy (CASELAP). University of Nairobi. Kenya.
  • Antonio Herman Benjamín. Ministry of Supreme Court of Justice of Brazil.
  • Gabriel Real Ferrer. Head of the Environmental Law PhD Program. University of Alicante. Spain.
  • Tianobao Qin. Assistant Dean for International Affiliations. School of Law & Research Institute of Environmental Law. Wuhan University, China.
  • José Juste Ruiz. Senior Lecturer in International Law. University of Valencia. Spain.
  • Anél Du Plessis. Senior Lecturer. Faculty of Law, North-West University. South Africa.
  • Benjamin J. Richardson. Osgoode Hall Law School. Canada.
  • Ramón Ojeda Mestre. General Secretary of International Court of Environmental Arbitration and Conciliation.
  • Willeien du Plessis. Faculty of Law, North-West University. South Africa.


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