Academy Events

IUCN Academy of Environmental Law 2017 Scholarship Awards
Wednesday, 27 September 2017

2017 Senior Scholarship Award

Jonathan Verschuuren

Professor of International and European Environmental Law - Tilburg Sustainability Center and Tilburg Law School
Extraordinary professor North West University, Potchefstroom, South Africa
Marie Sklodowska-Curie Fellow - Australian Centre for Climate and Environmental Law, University of Sydney

Jonathan is a long time member of the IUCN World Commission for Environmental Law and contributor to the IUCN Academy of Environmental Law. He is currently a professor of International and European Environmental law at Tilburg Law School, Netherlands and has served as a Marie Sklodowska-Curie Fellow at the Australian Centre for Climate and the Environment, University of Sydney and an Extraordinary professor North West University, Potchefstroom, South Africa.

Over the past 25 years, Jonathan has published more than 250 academic publications in the field of environmental law. His research comprises almost all sectors of environmental policy such as air, water, soil, waste, and biodiversity, as well as more general topics such as corporate social responsibility, the precautionary principle, transboundary cooperation, and environmental justice. He has led international book projects involving a variety of international authors, for instance: International Governance and Law. State Regulation and Non-State Law (Edward Elgar: 2008) and The Impact of Legislation. A Critical Analysis of Ex Ante Evaluation (Martinus Nijhoff/Brill: 2009).

Jonathan’s work also includes collaboration in several international research programmes, such as programme in which a South African-Dutch team of legal scholars intensively worked together on environmental governance issues in southern Africa (2005-2008); and an EU funded programme of a group of, mostly economists, from various European research institutes on the combined impact of climate change instruments, such as emissions trading and carbon taxes (2012-2015).  In 2015, Jonathan received a prestigious Marie Skolodowska Curie fellowship under the EU’s Horizon 2020 research program for a two year project aimed at developing a regulatory framework to stimulate farmers to convert to climate smart agriculture. Some of his recent publications on this topic include: J. Verschuuren, Towards a Regulatory Design for Reducing Emissions from... Read More...

IUCN Academy of Environmental Law 2017 Environmental Law Education Awards
Wednesday, 27 September 2017

Senior teaching award

PROFESSOR DONNA CRAIG

Donna Craig is a specialist in international, comparative and national environmental law and policy at Western Sydney University. She was one of the earliest academics to specialise in environmental law (from 1976) and has researched and taught across a wide range of environmental law areas and jurisdictions. In particular, she was a pioneer in the development of curricula and teaching in Comparative Environmental Law (focusing on the Asia and Pacific Regions), International Environmental Law, Sustainable Development Law, Corporate Environmental Law, Australian Environmental and Planning Law and Comparative Indigenous Governance Regimes. She has also made significant research and teaching contributions in aspects of Biodiversity Law (relating to recognition of knowledge and practices of Indigenous and local communities, intellectual and cultural property rights, recognition of customary laws and community based environmental management), participatory approaches to environmental decision-making, environmental impact assessment and social impact assessment.

Donna also held a Research Chair as Professor of Desert Knowledge, Charles Darwin University. She has over 40 years experience in environmental law research, legal practice, teaching and working with communities, NGO’s, environmental organisations, governments and corporations. Her research and publications emphasize the social, cultural and human rights dimensions of legislation, programs, impact assessment and sustainable development. Her climate change and water law research includes climate adaptation, resource management, capacity building and Indigenous cultural values. She also works with Indigenous and local communities developing natural resource based livelihoods and advising on national and international legal regimes. Donna served as Foundation Board Member of the IUCN Academy of Environmental Law, Regional Vice-Chair for Oceania of the IUCN Commission of Environmental Law, Regional Governor of the International Council on Environmental Law, Board Member of the Northern Territory Environmental Protection Authority and Member of Advisory Board of Greenland-based International Training Centre of Indigenous Peoples. She is currently Deputy Director of the International Centre for Ocean Governance (ICOG) at the University of Western Sydney delivering capacity building training for the Bangladesh judiciary (2017-2020).

 
Environmental Protection and Human Rights: When Friends become Foes – Conflict Management of the CJEU
Tuesday, 13 June 2017

While environmental protection and human rights are traditionally conceptualized in a synergistic fashion, the paper unveils through a series of cases how these two legitimate goals can enter into collision and, most importantly, which adjudicative topoi the CJEU employs to address these normative conflicts. The paper demonstrates how Luxembourg’s judges have developed specific hermeneutics that stand far from formal techniques of interpretation. In exploring the CJEU’s solipsistic character, its subtle process of semantic law-making embedded in its recourse to the ever-expanding ‘general interest’ to environmental protection, and its reliance on a managerial vernacular of expertise, the analysis not only elucidates changing patterns of fundamental rights adjudication but also comments on the increasingly complex legal encounter between human rights and environmental protection.


Marie-Catherine Petersmann presentation at 2016 Oslo Colloquium

Marie-Catherine Petersmann

Marie-Catherine Petersmann is a third year PhD researcher in International Law at the European University Institute (EUI) in Florence, Italy. Her research focuses on the conflicting relationship between environmental protection and human rights. More specifically, she investigates how international human rights adjudicators manage specific conflicts of norms – when environmental protection legislations negatively impact human rights – and how they reconcile these two legitimate yet sometimes colliding legal obligations. Before beginning her academic career, Marie worked for the UNHCR and for the FIDH in Geneva. Marie’s LinkedIn profile can be found here: https://www.linkedin.com/in/marie-catherine-petersmann-bb9517128/

 
Colloquium 2017 – Stories of the World We Want and the Law as its Pathway
Tuesday, 17 January 2017

The University of Cebu cordially invites you to the 15th Annual Colloquium of the IUCN Academy of Environmental Law. This event will be held in Cebu City, Philippines, on May 29th-June 2nd, 2017. The topic for the 2016 Colloquium is "Stories of the World We Want and the Law as its Pathway".

Registration information will be available soon.

The University of Cebu and the Organizing Committee are looking forward to welcoming you in Cebu.

Professor Rose-Liza Eisma-Osorio
Chair of the organizing committee

 
Member news: Louis Kotze has a new book
Wednesday, 26 October 2016

Louis Kotze has a new book: 'Global Environmental Constitutionalism in the Anthropocene'. If you are interested in a copy, please contact Emma Platt, Hart Publishing, for a discount at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and let her know you are an Academy member.

 

 
Registration for the Colloquium
Wednesday, 26 October 2016

If you are in South Africa on 30 October 2016 - you are welcome to attend the following Colloquium:

The Faculty of Law, North-West University together with the Konrad-Adenauer Foundation are proud to announce a colloquium on THE LEGAL IMPLICATIONS OF THE STATE AS CUSTODIAN.

Registration (required) for the Colloquium is at: https://goo.gl/forms/4nhZ2Oyp4YmglfZm1. The colloquium is to be held in Rosebank at the Crowne Plaza Johannesburg.

 
Expert Environmental Educators in Pakistan
Wednesday, 26 October 2016

There are two positions available for Expert Environmental Educators in Pakistan with USAID:

#1370 - Environmental Education Expert - USAID Project (Two positions) (P1)
Pakistan - Country Office
International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN)
Pakistan Country Office, Karachi, Pakistan

To see the vacancy announcement, please click here.

 
National University of Singapore (NUS)
Wednesday, 26 October 2016

The Law School’s Asia-Pacific Centre for Environmental Law (APCEL) is celebrating its 20th Anniversary, together with the M.Sc. (Environmental Management) [MEM] program’s 15th Anniversary, and the Bachelor in Environmental Studies (BES) program’s 5th Anniversary. The celebration kicks off with a conference Nov. 9 -11th focussing on the Sustainable Development Goals DGs 12-15, culminating in the 4th Asia Environment Lecture. Details of the conference can be found here.

  
Call for Abstracts
Wednesday, 26 October 2016

The Indigenous Knowledge Forum at the University of Technology Sydney will host a Roundtable on Wednesday 14 December 2016 on the theme of Indigenous Knowledge: Governance Systems for Data Management and Benefit Sharing. The deadline for abstract submissions is 11 November 2016 however decisions to accept abstracts will be on a rolling basis up to a maximum of 16. The Call for Abstracts can be found here

 
IUCN Academy of Environmental Law 2016 Scholarship Awards
Wednesday, 12 October 2016

The IUCN Academy of Environmental Law Scholarship Awards for Senior and Emerging scholars recognize publications including academic books (edited or authored), journal articles and book chapters, as well as commissioned policy reports and studies of research value in any language. Consideration may also be given to other scholarly activities, such as organizing academic conferences and workshops, building collaborative research networks, and other innovations that advance research in environmental law.

The 2016 Scholarship Award winners are announced below.

Senior Scholarship Award: Lakshman Guruswamy

Lakshman was born in Sri Lanka, and is currently the Nicholas Doman Professor of International Environmental Law at the University of Colorado at Boulder (CU) Law School. He is a nationally and internationally recognized expert in International Environmental and Global Energy Law with a very long career promoting energy justice and access to clean energy. Lakshman is an active researcher in the field of energy, poverty and socio-environmental justice and built the CU Center for Energy and Environmental Security. Prior to joining CU, he taught in Sri Lanka, the UK, and the Universities of Iowa and Arizona.

 


Senior Scholarship Award: Lakshman Guruswamy

 

At CU he teaches International Environmental Law, Global Energy Justice, Oil and International Relations, and International Law. He is the director of international energy programs at the Getches-Wilkinson Center, and his research uses interdisciplinary frameworks to explore how and why energy justice calls for the fashioning of practical energy solutions, for the energy poor in the developing world. Lakshman is widely published, and is a frequent speaker at scholarly meetings in the US and around the world. He is the author of Global Energy Justice: Law and Policy (West, 2016), International Energy and Poverty: The Emerging Frontiers (Routledge, 2015), International Environmental Law in a Nutshell (4d ed. 2012), and the co-author of International Environmental Law and World Order (2nd. 1999), Biological Diversity: Converging Strategies (1998), Arms Control and the Environment (2001). The 5th edition of International Environmental Law in a Nutshell, is due in 2017.

Emerging Scholarship Award: Usha Natarajan

Usha is an Assistant Professor of Law and Associate Director of the Center for Migration and Refugee Studies at the American University in Cairo, Egypt. Dr Natarajan’s research challenges dominant understandings of the relationship between law and the environment through postcolonial and... Read More...

Members' Events

This page provides information about events -- workshops and conferences -- that are being organized by member institutions of the IUCN Academy, in different regions of the world. These upcoming events focus on a range of issues of environmental law.

You will find a list of upcoming events, and a link to the agenda and registration material, if available, and a contact e-mail.

IUCN Academy of Environmental Law 2017 Scholarship Awards
Wednesday, 27 September 2017

2017 Senior Scholarship Award

Jonathan Verschuuren

Professor of International and European Environmental Law - Tilburg Sustainability Center and Tilburg Law School
Extraordinary professor North West University, Potchefstroom, South Africa
Marie Sklodowska-Curie Fellow - Australian Centre for Climate and Environmental Law, University of Sydney

Jonathan is a long time member of the IUCN World Commission for Environmental Law and contributor to the IUCN Academy of Environmental Law. He is currently a professor of International and European Environmental law at Tilburg Law School, Netherlands and has served as a Marie Sklodowska-Curie Fellow at the Australian Centre for Climate and the Environment, University of Sydney and an Extraordinary professor North West University, Potchefstroom, South Africa.

Over the past 25 years, Jonathan has published more than 250 academic publications in the field of environmental law. His research comprises almost all sectors of environmental policy such as air, water, soil, waste, and biodiversity, as well as more general topics such as corporate social responsibility, the precautionary principle, transboundary cooperation, and environmental justice. He has led international book projects involving a variety of international authors, for instance: International Governance and Law. State Regulation and Non-State Law (Edward Elgar: 2008) and The Impact of Legislation. A Critical Analysis of Ex Ante Evaluation (Martinus Nijhoff/Brill: 2009).

Jonathan’s work also includes collaboration in several international research programmes, such as programme in which a South African-Dutch team of legal scholars intensively worked together on environmental governance issues in southern Africa (2005-2008); and an EU funded programme of a group of, mostly economists, from various European research institutes on the combined impact of climate change instruments, such as emissions trading and carbon taxes (2012-2015).  In 2015, Jonathan received a prestigious Marie Skolodowska Curie fellowship under the EU’s Horizon 2020 research program for a two year project aimed at developing a regulatory framework to stimulate farmers to convert to climate smart agriculture. Some of his recent publications on this topic include: J. Verschuuren, Towards a Regulatory Design for Reducing Emissions from... Read More...

IUCN Academy of Environmental Law 2017 Environmental Law Education Awards
Wednesday, 27 September 2017

Senior teaching award

PROFESSOR DONNA CRAIG

Donna Craig is a specialist in international, comparative and national environmental law and policy at Western Sydney University. She was one of the earliest academics to specialise in environmental law (from 1976) and has researched and taught across a wide range of environmental law areas and jurisdictions. In particular, she was a pioneer in the development of curricula and teaching in Comparative Environmental Law (focusing on the Asia and Pacific Regions), International Environmental Law, Sustainable Development Law, Corporate Environmental Law, Australian Environmental and Planning Law and Comparative Indigenous Governance Regimes. She has also made significant research and teaching contributions in aspects of Biodiversity Law (relating to recognition of knowledge and practices of Indigenous and local communities, intellectual and cultural property rights, recognition of customary laws and community based environmental management), participatory approaches to environmental decision-making, environmental impact assessment and social impact assessment.

Donna also held a Research Chair as Professor of Desert Knowledge, Charles Darwin University. She has over 40 years experience in environmental law research, legal practice, teaching and working with communities, NGO’s, environmental organisations, governments and corporations. Her research and publications emphasize the social, cultural and human rights dimensions of legislation, programs, impact assessment and sustainable development. Her climate change and water law research includes climate adaptation, resource management, capacity building and Indigenous cultural values. She also works with Indigenous and local communities developing natural resource based livelihoods and advising on national and international legal regimes. Donna served as Foundation Board Member of the IUCN Academy of Environmental Law, Regional Vice-Chair for Oceania of the IUCN Commission of Environmental Law, Regional Governor of the International Council on Environmental Law, Board Member of the Northern Territory Environmental Protection Authority and Member of Advisory Board of Greenland-based International Training Centre of Indigenous Peoples. She is currently Deputy Director of the International Centre for Ocean Governance (ICOG) at the University of Western Sydney delivering capacity building training for the Bangladesh judiciary (2017-2020).

 
Environmental Protection and Human Rights: When Friends become Foes – Conflict Management of the CJEU
Tuesday, 13 June 2017

While environmental protection and human rights are traditionally conceptualized in a synergistic fashion, the paper unveils through a series of cases how these two legitimate goals can enter into collision and, most importantly, which adjudicative topoi the CJEU employs to address these normative conflicts. The paper demonstrates how Luxembourg’s judges have developed specific hermeneutics that stand far from formal techniques of interpretation. In exploring the CJEU’s solipsistic character, its subtle process of semantic law-making embedded in its recourse to the ever-expanding ‘general interest’ to environmental protection, and its reliance on a managerial vernacular of expertise, the analysis not only elucidates changing patterns of fundamental rights adjudication but also comments on the increasingly complex legal encounter between human rights and environmental protection.


Marie-Catherine Petersmann presentation at 2016 Oslo Colloquium

Marie-Catherine Petersmann

Marie-Catherine Petersmann is a third year PhD researcher in International Law at the European University Institute (EUI) in Florence, Italy. Her research focuses on the conflicting relationship between environmental protection and human rights. More specifically, she investigates how international human rights adjudicators manage specific conflicts of norms – when environmental protection legislations negatively impact human rights – and how they reconcile these two legitimate yet sometimes colliding legal obligations. Before beginning her academic career, Marie worked for the UNHCR and for the FIDH in Geneva. Marie’s LinkedIn profile can be found here: https://www.linkedin.com/in/marie-catherine-petersmann-bb9517128/

 
Colloquium 2017 – Stories of the World We Want and the Law as its Pathway
Tuesday, 17 January 2017

The University of Cebu cordially invites you to the 15th Annual Colloquium of the IUCN Academy of Environmental Law. This event will be held in Cebu City, Philippines, on May 29th-June 2nd, 2017. The topic for the 2016 Colloquium is "Stories of the World We Want and the Law as its Pathway".

Registration information will be available soon.

The University of Cebu and the Organizing Committee are looking forward to welcoming you in Cebu.

Professor Rose-Liza Eisma-Osorio
Chair of the organizing committee

 
Member news: Louis Kotze has a new book
Wednesday, 26 October 2016

Louis Kotze has a new book: 'Global Environmental Constitutionalism in the Anthropocene'. If you are interested in a copy, please contact Emma Platt, Hart Publishing, for a discount at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and let her know you are an Academy member.

 

 
Registration for the Colloquium
Wednesday, 26 October 2016

If you are in South Africa on 30 October 2016 - you are welcome to attend the following Colloquium:

The Faculty of Law, North-West University together with the Konrad-Adenauer Foundation are proud to announce a colloquium on THE LEGAL IMPLICATIONS OF THE STATE AS CUSTODIAN.

Registration (required) for the Colloquium is at: https://goo.gl/forms/4nhZ2Oyp4YmglfZm1. The colloquium is to be held in Rosebank at the Crowne Plaza Johannesburg.

 
Expert Environmental Educators in Pakistan
Wednesday, 26 October 2016

There are two positions available for Expert Environmental Educators in Pakistan with USAID:

#1370 - Environmental Education Expert - USAID Project (Two positions) (P1)
Pakistan - Country Office
International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN)
Pakistan Country Office, Karachi, Pakistan

To see the vacancy announcement, please click here.

 
National University of Singapore (NUS)
Wednesday, 26 October 2016

The Law School’s Asia-Pacific Centre for Environmental Law (APCEL) is celebrating its 20th Anniversary, together with the M.Sc. (Environmental Management) [MEM] program’s 15th Anniversary, and the Bachelor in Environmental Studies (BES) program’s 5th Anniversary. The celebration kicks off with a conference Nov. 9 -11th focussing on the Sustainable Development Goals DGs 12-15, culminating in the 4th Asia Environment Lecture. Details of the conference can be found here.

  
Call for Abstracts
Wednesday, 26 October 2016

The Indigenous Knowledge Forum at the University of Technology Sydney will host a Roundtable on Wednesday 14 December 2016 on the theme of Indigenous Knowledge: Governance Systems for Data Management and Benefit Sharing. The deadline for abstract submissions is 11 November 2016 however decisions to accept abstracts will be on a rolling basis up to a maximum of 16. The Call for Abstracts can be found here

 
IUCN Academy of Environmental Law 2016 Scholarship Awards
Wednesday, 12 October 2016

The IUCN Academy of Environmental Law Scholarship Awards for Senior and Emerging scholars recognize publications including academic books (edited or authored), journal articles and book chapters, as well as commissioned policy reports and studies of research value in any language. Consideration may also be given to other scholarly activities, such as organizing academic conferences and workshops, building collaborative research networks, and other innovations that advance research in environmental law.

The 2016 Scholarship Award winners are announced below.

Senior Scholarship Award: Lakshman Guruswamy

Lakshman was born in Sri Lanka, and is currently the Nicholas Doman Professor of International Environmental Law at the University of Colorado at Boulder (CU) Law School. He is a nationally and internationally recognized expert in International Environmental and Global Energy Law with a very long career promoting energy justice and access to clean energy. Lakshman is an active researcher in the field of energy, poverty and socio-environmental justice and built the CU Center for Energy and Environmental Security. Prior to joining CU, he taught in Sri Lanka, the UK, and the Universities of Iowa and Arizona.

 


Senior Scholarship Award: Lakshman Guruswamy

 

At CU he teaches International Environmental Law, Global Energy Justice, Oil and International Relations, and International Law. He is the director of international energy programs at the Getches-Wilkinson Center, and his research uses interdisciplinary frameworks to explore how and why energy justice calls for the fashioning of practical energy solutions, for the energy poor in the developing world. Lakshman is widely published, and is a frequent speaker at scholarly meetings in the US and around the world. He is the author of Global Energy Justice: Law and Policy (West, 2016), International Energy and Poverty: The Emerging Frontiers (Routledge, 2015), International Environmental Law in a Nutshell (4d ed. 2012), and the co-author of International Environmental Law and World Order (2nd. 1999), Biological Diversity: Converging Strategies (1998), Arms Control and the Environment (2001). The 5th edition of International Environmental Law in a Nutshell, is due in 2017.

Emerging Scholarship Award: Usha Natarajan

Usha is an Assistant Professor of Law and Associate Director of the Center for Migration and Refugee Studies at the American University in Cairo, Egypt. Dr Natarajan’s research challenges dominant understandings of the relationship between law and the environment through postcolonial and... Read More...

Other Events

These events are of general interest and this page will be updated regularly.

IUCN Academy of Environmental Law 2017 Scholarship Awards
Wednesday, 27 September 2017

2017 Senior Scholarship Award

Jonathan Verschuuren

Professor of International and European Environmental Law - Tilburg Sustainability Center and Tilburg Law School
Extraordinary professor North West University, Potchefstroom, South Africa
Marie Sklodowska-Curie Fellow - Australian Centre for Climate and Environmental Law, University of Sydney

Jonathan is a long time member of the IUCN World Commission for Environmental Law and contributor to the IUCN Academy of Environmental Law. He is currently a professor of International and European Environmental law at Tilburg Law School, Netherlands and has served as a Marie Sklodowska-Curie Fellow at the Australian Centre for Climate and the Environment, University of Sydney and an Extraordinary professor North West University, Potchefstroom, South Africa.

Over the past 25 years, Jonathan has published more than 250 academic publications in the field of environmental law. His research comprises almost all sectors of environmental policy such as air, water, soil, waste, and biodiversity, as well as more general topics such as corporate social responsibility, the precautionary principle, transboundary cooperation, and environmental justice. He has led international book projects involving a variety of international authors, for instance: International Governance and Law. State Regulation and Non-State Law (Edward Elgar: 2008) and The Impact of Legislation. A Critical Analysis of Ex Ante Evaluation (Martinus Nijhoff/Brill: 2009).

Jonathan’s work also includes collaboration in several international research programmes, such as programme in which a South African-Dutch team of legal scholars intensively worked together on environmental governance issues in southern Africa (2005-2008); and an EU funded programme of a group of, mostly economists, from various European research institutes on the combined impact of climate change instruments, such as emissions trading and carbon taxes (2012-2015).  In 2015, Jonathan received a prestigious Marie Skolodowska Curie fellowship under the EU’s Horizon 2020 research program for a two year project aimed at developing a regulatory framework to stimulate farmers to convert to climate smart agriculture. Some of his recent publications on this topic include: J. Verschuuren, Towards a Regulatory Design for Reducing Emissions from... Read More...

IUCN Academy of Environmental Law 2017 Environmental Law Education Awards
Wednesday, 27 September 2017

Senior teaching award

PROFESSOR DONNA CRAIG

Donna Craig is a specialist in international, comparative and national environmental law and policy at Western Sydney University. She was one of the earliest academics to specialise in environmental law (from 1976) and has researched and taught across a wide range of environmental law areas and jurisdictions. In particular, she was a pioneer in the development of curricula and teaching in Comparative Environmental Law (focusing on the Asia and Pacific Regions), International Environmental Law, Sustainable Development Law, Corporate Environmental Law, Australian Environmental and Planning Law and Comparative Indigenous Governance Regimes. She has also made significant research and teaching contributions in aspects of Biodiversity Law (relating to recognition of knowledge and practices of Indigenous and local communities, intellectual and cultural property rights, recognition of customary laws and community based environmental management), participatory approaches to environmental decision-making, environmental impact assessment and social impact assessment.

Donna also held a Research Chair as Professor of Desert Knowledge, Charles Darwin University. She has over 40 years experience in environmental law research, legal practice, teaching and working with communities, NGO’s, environmental organisations, governments and corporations. Her research and publications emphasize the social, cultural and human rights dimensions of legislation, programs, impact assessment and sustainable development. Her climate change and water law research includes climate adaptation, resource management, capacity building and Indigenous cultural values. She also works with Indigenous and local communities developing natural resource based livelihoods and advising on national and international legal regimes. Donna served as Foundation Board Member of the IUCN Academy of Environmental Law, Regional Vice-Chair for Oceania of the IUCN Commission of Environmental Law, Regional Governor of the International Council on Environmental Law, Board Member of the Northern Territory Environmental Protection Authority and Member of Advisory Board of Greenland-based International Training Centre of Indigenous Peoples. She is currently Deputy Director of the International Centre for Ocean Governance (ICOG) at the University of Western Sydney delivering capacity building training for the Bangladesh judiciary (2017-2020).

 
Environmental Protection and Human Rights: When Friends become Foes – Conflict Management of the CJEU
Tuesday, 13 June 2017

While environmental protection and human rights are traditionally conceptualized in a synergistic fashion, the paper unveils through a series of cases how these two legitimate goals can enter into collision and, most importantly, which adjudicative topoi the CJEU employs to address these normative conflicts. The paper demonstrates how Luxembourg’s judges have developed specific hermeneutics that stand far from formal techniques of interpretation. In exploring the CJEU’s solipsistic character, its subtle process of semantic law-making embedded in its recourse to the ever-expanding ‘general interest’ to environmental protection, and its reliance on a managerial vernacular of expertise, the analysis not only elucidates changing patterns of fundamental rights adjudication but also comments on the increasingly complex legal encounter between human rights and environmental protection.


Marie-Catherine Petersmann presentation at 2016 Oslo Colloquium

Marie-Catherine Petersmann

Marie-Catherine Petersmann is a third year PhD researcher in International Law at the European University Institute (EUI) in Florence, Italy. Her research focuses on the conflicting relationship between environmental protection and human rights. More specifically, she investigates how international human rights adjudicators manage specific conflicts of norms – when environmental protection legislations negatively impact human rights – and how they reconcile these two legitimate yet sometimes colliding legal obligations. Before beginning her academic career, Marie worked for the UNHCR and for the FIDH in Geneva. Marie’s LinkedIn profile can be found here: https://www.linkedin.com/in/marie-catherine-petersmann-bb9517128/

 
Colloquium 2017 – Stories of the World We Want and the Law as its Pathway
Tuesday, 17 January 2017

The University of Cebu cordially invites you to the 15th Annual Colloquium of the IUCN Academy of Environmental Law. This event will be held in Cebu City, Philippines, on May 29th-June 2nd, 2017. The topic for the 2016 Colloquium is "Stories of the World We Want and the Law as its Pathway".

Registration information will be available soon.

The University of Cebu and the Organizing Committee are looking forward to welcoming you in Cebu.

Professor Rose-Liza Eisma-Osorio
Chair of the organizing committee

 
Member news: Louis Kotze has a new book
Wednesday, 26 October 2016

Louis Kotze has a new book: 'Global Environmental Constitutionalism in the Anthropocene'. If you are interested in a copy, please contact Emma Platt, Hart Publishing, for a discount at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and let her know you are an Academy member.

 

 
Registration for the Colloquium
Wednesday, 26 October 2016

If you are in South Africa on 30 October 2016 - you are welcome to attend the following Colloquium:

The Faculty of Law, North-West University together with the Konrad-Adenauer Foundation are proud to announce a colloquium on THE LEGAL IMPLICATIONS OF THE STATE AS CUSTODIAN.

Registration (required) for the Colloquium is at: https://goo.gl/forms/4nhZ2Oyp4YmglfZm1. The colloquium is to be held in Rosebank at the Crowne Plaza Johannesburg.

 
Expert Environmental Educators in Pakistan
Wednesday, 26 October 2016

There are two positions available for Expert Environmental Educators in Pakistan with USAID:

#1370 - Environmental Education Expert - USAID Project (Two positions) (P1)
Pakistan - Country Office
International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN)
Pakistan Country Office, Karachi, Pakistan

To see the vacancy announcement, please click here.

 
National University of Singapore (NUS)
Wednesday, 26 October 2016

The Law School’s Asia-Pacific Centre for Environmental Law (APCEL) is celebrating its 20th Anniversary, together with the M.Sc. (Environmental Management) [MEM] program’s 15th Anniversary, and the Bachelor in Environmental Studies (BES) program’s 5th Anniversary. The celebration kicks off with a conference Nov. 9 -11th focussing on the Sustainable Development Goals DGs 12-15, culminating in the 4th Asia Environment Lecture. Details of the conference can be found here.

  
Call for Abstracts
Wednesday, 26 October 2016

The Indigenous Knowledge Forum at the University of Technology Sydney will host a Roundtable on Wednesday 14 December 2016 on the theme of Indigenous Knowledge: Governance Systems for Data Management and Benefit Sharing. The deadline for abstract submissions is 11 November 2016 however decisions to accept abstracts will be on a rolling basis up to a maximum of 16. The Call for Abstracts can be found here

 
IUCN Academy of Environmental Law 2016 Scholarship Awards
Wednesday, 12 October 2016

The IUCN Academy of Environmental Law Scholarship Awards for Senior and Emerging scholars recognize publications including academic books (edited or authored), journal articles and book chapters, as well as commissioned policy reports and studies of research value in any language. Consideration may also be given to other scholarly activities, such as organizing academic conferences and workshops, building collaborative research networks, and other innovations that advance research in environmental law.

The 2016 Scholarship Award winners are announced below.

Senior Scholarship Award: Lakshman Guruswamy

Lakshman was born in Sri Lanka, and is currently the Nicholas Doman Professor of International Environmental Law at the University of Colorado at Boulder (CU) Law School. He is a nationally and internationally recognized expert in International Environmental and Global Energy Law with a very long career promoting energy justice and access to clean energy. Lakshman is an active researcher in the field of energy, poverty and socio-environmental justice and built the CU Center for Energy and Environmental Security. Prior to joining CU, he taught in Sri Lanka, the UK, and the Universities of Iowa and Arizona.

 


Senior Scholarship Award: Lakshman Guruswamy

 

At CU he teaches International Environmental Law, Global Energy Justice, Oil and International Relations, and International Law. He is the director of international energy programs at the Getches-Wilkinson Center, and his research uses interdisciplinary frameworks to explore how and why energy justice calls for the fashioning of practical energy solutions, for the energy poor in the developing world. Lakshman is widely published, and is a frequent speaker at scholarly meetings in the US and around the world. He is the author of Global Energy Justice: Law and Policy (West, 2016), International Energy and Poverty: The Emerging Frontiers (Routledge, 2015), International Environmental Law in a Nutshell (4d ed. 2012), and the co-author of International Environmental Law and World Order (2nd. 1999), Biological Diversity: Converging Strategies (1998), Arms Control and the Environment (2001). The 5th edition of International Environmental Law in a Nutshell, is due in 2017.

Emerging Scholarship Award: Usha Natarajan

Usha is an Assistant Professor of Law and Associate Director of the Center for Migration and Refugee Studies at the American University in Cairo, Egypt. Dr Natarajan’s research challenges dominant understandings of the relationship between law and the environment through postcolonial and... Read More...

Events Archive

This page provides a listing of past events of the IUCN Academy

Member news: Louis Kotze has a new book
Wednesday, 26 October 2016

Louis Kotze has a new book: 'Global Environmental Constitutionalism in the Anthropocene'. If you are interested in a copy, please contact Emma Platt, Hart Publishing, for a discount at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and let her know you are an Academy member.

 

 
Environmental Protection and Human Rights: When Friends become Foes – Conflict Management of the CJEU
Tuesday, 13 June 2017

While environmental protection and human rights are traditionally conceptualized in a synergistic fashion, the paper unveils through a series of cases how these two legitimate goals can enter into collision and, most importantly, which adjudicative topoi the CJEU employs to address these normative conflicts. The paper demonstrates how Luxembourg’s judges have developed specific hermeneutics that stand far from formal techniques of interpretation. In exploring the CJEU’s solipsistic character, its subtle process of semantic law-making embedded in its recourse to the ever-expanding ‘general interest’ to environmental protection, and its reliance on a managerial vernacular of expertise, the analysis not only elucidates changing patterns of fundamental rights adjudication but also comments on the increasingly complex legal encounter between human rights and environmental protection.


Marie-Catherine Petersmann presentation at 2016 Oslo Colloquium

Marie-Catherine Petersmann

Marie-Catherine Petersmann is a third year PhD researcher in International Law at the European University Institute (EUI) in Florence, Italy. Her research focuses on the conflicting relationship between environmental protection and human rights. More specifically, she investigates how international human rights adjudicators manage specific conflicts of norms – when environmental protection legislations negatively impact human rights – and how they reconcile these two legitimate yet sometimes colliding legal obligations. Before beginning her academic career, Marie worked for the UNHCR and for the FIDH in Geneva. Marie’s LinkedIn profile can be found here: https://www.linkedin.com/in/marie-catherine-petersmann-bb9517128/

 
IUCN Academy of Environmental Law 2017 Environmental Law Education Awards
Wednesday, 27 September 2017

Senior teaching award

PROFESSOR DONNA CRAIG

Donna Craig is a specialist in international, comparative and national environmental law and policy at Western Sydney University. She was one of the earliest academics to specialise in environmental law (from 1976) and has researched and taught across a wide range of environmental law areas and jurisdictions. In particular, she was a pioneer in the development of curricula and teaching in Comparative Environmental Law (focusing on the Asia and Pacific Regions), International Environmental Law, Sustainable Development Law, Corporate Environmental Law, Australian Environmental and Planning Law and Comparative Indigenous Governance Regimes. She has also made significant research and teaching contributions in aspects of Biodiversity Law (relating to recognition of knowledge and practices of Indigenous and local communities, intellectual and cultural property rights, recognition of customary laws and community based environmental management), participatory approaches to environmental decision-making, environmental impact assessment and social impact assessment.

Donna also held a Research Chair as Professor of Desert Knowledge, Charles Darwin University. She has over 40 years experience in environmental law research, legal practice, teaching and working with communities, NGO’s, environmental organisations, governments and corporations. Her research and publications emphasize the social, cultural and human rights dimensions of legislation, programs, impact assessment and sustainable development. Her climate change and water law research includes climate adaptation, resource management, capacity building and Indigenous cultural values. She also works with Indigenous and local communities developing natural resource based livelihoods and advising on national and international legal regimes. Donna served as Foundation Board Member of the IUCN Academy of Environmental Law, Regional Vice-Chair for Oceania of the IUCN Commission of Environmental Law, Regional Governor of the International Council on Environmental Law, Board Member of the Northern Territory Environmental Protection Authority and Member of Advisory Board of Greenland-based International Training Centre of Indigenous Peoples. She is currently Deputy Director of the International Centre for Ocean Governance (ICOG) at the University of Western Sydney delivering capacity building training for the Bangladesh judiciary (2017-2020).

 
IUCN Academy of Environmental Law 2017 Scholarship Awards
Wednesday, 27 September 2017

2017 Senior Scholarship Award

Jonathan Verschuuren

Professor of International and European Environmental Law - Tilburg Sustainability Center and Tilburg Law School
Extraordinary professor North West University, Potchefstroom, South Africa
Marie Sklodowska-Curie Fellow - Australian Centre for Climate and Environmental Law, University of Sydney

Jonathan is a long time member of the IUCN World Commission for Environmental Law and contributor to the IUCN Academy of Environmental Law. He is currently a professor of International and European Environmental law at Tilburg Law School, Netherlands and has served as a Marie Sklodowska-Curie Fellow at the Australian Centre for Climate and the Environment, University of Sydney and an Extraordinary professor North West University, Potchefstroom, South Africa.

Over the past 25 years, Jonathan has published more than 250 academic publications in the field of environmental law. His research comprises almost all sectors of environmental policy such as air, water, soil, waste, and biodiversity, as well as more general topics such as corporate social responsibility, the precautionary principle, transboundary cooperation, and environmental justice. He has led international book projects involving a variety of international authors, for instance: International Governance and Law. State Regulation and Non-State Law (Edward Elgar: 2008) and The Impact of Legislation. A Critical Analysis of Ex Ante Evaluation (Martinus Nijhoff/Brill: 2009).

Jonathan’s work also includes collaboration in several international research programmes, such as programme in which a South African-Dutch team of legal scholars intensively worked together on environmental governance issues in southern Africa (2005-2008); and an EU funded programme of a group of, mostly economists, from various European research institutes on the combined impact of climate change instruments, such as emissions trading and carbon taxes (2012-2015).  In 2015, Jonathan received a prestigious Marie Skolodowska Curie fellowship under the EU’s Horizon 2020 research program for a two year project aimed at developing a regulatory framework to stimulate farmers to convert to climate smart agriculture. Some of his recent publications on this topic include: J. Verschuuren, Towards a Regulatory Design for Reducing Emissions from... Read More...

IUCN Academy of Environmental Law 2015 Environmental Law Education Awards
Thursday, 11 February 2016

The IUCN Academy of Environmental Law Education Awards recognize significant and diverse contributions to education and learning on environmental law by Senior and Emerging faculty. Such contributions include teaching specialized courses to undergraduate and graduate students, delivering clinical programs that expose students to the practice of environmental law, and supervising students who are undertaking advanced research in Masters and PhD programs.

The 2015 Education Award winners are announced below.

Senior Education Award : Professor Charles Okidi


Professor Charles Okidi

Professor Charles Okidi is associated with the School of Law and the Centre for Advanced Studies in Environmental Law and Policy at the University of Nairobi, Kenya.  The following commentary is taken from the remarks of Professor Sophie Riley, Chair of the Academy’s Teaching and Awards Committee, in announcing the award.

“Professor Charles Okidi is of course well known amongst our colleagues of the Academy as the father of environmental law in Africa. In this sense, he requires no further introduction and anything I am about to say is superfluous. However, let us reflect on some of Professor Okidi’s amazing achievements.

To start with he taught environmental law at the University of Nairobi in the 1980’s, long before the subject was taught elsewhere. Professor Okidi has supervised many graduate students and mentored students in publishing their work. He uses a multi-disciplinary approach to teaching and this is reflected in the fact that Professor Okidi’s students have gone on to work for organisations such as UNEP, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees. In addition many of his students have become researchers and academics at a range of universities.

Professor Okidi is also one of the founding members of the International Commission on Environmental Law as well as a founding member of the IUCN Academy on Environmental Law. In these positions Professor Okidi has forged linkages with leading academics around the world.

More recently Professor Okidi founded the Centre for Advanced Study of Environmental Law and Policy at the University of Nairobi. This centre offers graduate programmes in environmental law, policy and diplomacy. Professor Okidi was also a driving force behind the establishment of the Association of Environmental Law Teachers in African Universities.

Professor Okidi has published in the vicinity of 40 books and monographs, 28 journal articles and book chapters. He has also co-authored the first environmental law text book in Kenya.

In short, professor Okidi has been instrumental in setting the environmental agenda in Kenya and... Read More...

IUCN Academy of Environmental Law 2015 Scholarship Awards
Thursday, 11 February 2016

The IUCN Academy of Environmental Law Scholarship Awards for Senior and Emerging scholars recognize publications including academic books (edited or authored), journal articles and book chapters, as well as commissioned policy reports and studies of research value in any language. Consideration may also be given to other scholarly activities, such as organizing academic conferences and workshops, building collaborative research networks, and other innovations that advance research in environmental law.

The 2015 Scholarship Award winners are announced below.

Senior Scholarship Award: Professor Ben Boer

Professor Ben Boer is Emeritus Professor in the Faculty of Law of the University of Sydney (Australia) and Distinguished Professor at Wuhan University Law School in its Research Institute of Environmental Law (China).


Professor Ben Boer and Professor Nilufer Oral, Chair, IUCN Academy of Environmental Law

The following excerpts regarding the academic work of Professor Boer are taken from the reviewers:

Prodigious scholarly efforts.  A pioneer. Internationally recognized expert.  His scholarly work has been characterized by extraordinary transnational as well as international scope, careful attention to detail and exposition in describing issues and existing law accompanied by sensible, original, and sometimes bold legislative, policy and governance proposals”.

A distinguished academic career spanning over more than four decades at a number of prestigious universities and international organizations – his high-quality original scholarship – wide range of subject areas including international environmental law, comparative environmental law, conservation and heritage law, water law, environmental rights, protection of soils and the law related to protected areas and biodiversity – highest academic standards with a considerable degree of originality and great accessibility appealing to a wide readership well beyond environmental law“.

Emerging Scholarship Award: Professor Sara Seck

Professor Sara Seck is Associate Professor with the Faculty of Law, University of Western Ontario, Canada.


Professor Sara Seck

The following excerpts regarding the academic work of Professor Seck are taken from the reviewers:

“Significant body of work.  Wide array of issues related to the governance of transnational corporate activity, human rights and the environment.  Original insights into the way the extractive industry has helped to shape environmental discourse on resource extraction and sustainable... Read More...

IUCN Academy of Environmental Law: 2015 Best Graduate Student Paper Award
Thursday, 11 February 2016

The IUCN Academy of Environmental Law is pleased to announce that Marcia Fajardo Cavalcanti de Albuquerque (who is a student at both Paris Pantheon-Sorbonne, France, and Mackenzie University of Sao Paolo, Brazil) and Dignité Bwiza (who is a student at the University of Witwatersrand, South Africa) are the winners of the 2015 Best Graduate Student Paper Award.  Congratulations.

Márcia Fajardo Cavalcanti de Albuquerque

The title of Marcia’s paper is “Biodiversity vs Agriculture – Friends or Foes?  The Agroforestry Case within the Brazilian Legal Framework.”   Her paper argues that agriculture and biodiversity can be allies through the adoption of agroforestry practices. She illustrates her argument through a Brazilian case study, and discusses the reforms necessary to create a supportive regulatory framework.


Winnie Carruth & Marcia Fajardo Cavalcanti de Albuquerque

Dignité Bwiza

The title of Dignite’s paper is “Attaining Sustainable Forest Management in Post-Conflict Societies: How the Principles of Adaptive Law and Resilience can Strengthen Forest Law Enforcement.”  Her paper examines forest management in the Democratic Republic of Congo and uses legal and non-legal materials as well as structured interviews with a variety of stakeholders to develop recommendations for protecting forests in post-conflict societies.


Dignité Bwiza

Edward Elgar Publishing kindly donated two books to each of Marcia and Dignité to mark the occasion.  The IUCN Academy thanks Edward Elgar for its generosity and continuing support of the Academy.

 
IUCN Academy of Environmental Law 2016 Environmental Law Education Awards
Wednesday, 12 October 2016

The IUCN Academy of Environmental Law Education Awards recognize significant and diverse contributions to education and learning on environmental law by Senior and Emerging faculty. Such contributions include teaching specialized courses to undergraduate and graduate students, delivering clinical programs that expose students to the practice of environmental law, and supervising students who are undertaking advanced research in Masters and PhD programs.

The 2016 Education Award winners are announced below.

Andreas Philippopoulos-Mihalopoulos


Andreas Philippopoulos-Mihalopoulos

Andreas Philippopoulos-Mihalopoulos, (Distinguished Environmental Law Education Award, Senior Faculty) LLB, LLM, PhD, is Professor of Law & Theory at the University of Westminster, and founder and Director of The Westminster Law & Theory Lab. He is regularly invited to talk in institutions around the world and holds permanent professorial affiliations with the Centre for Politics, Management and Philosophy, Copenhagen Business School since 2006, and the University Institute of Architecture, Venice since 2009. Andreas has been awarded the 2011 OUP National Award for the Law Teacher of the Year, and has since been invited to join the Judging Committee. His research interests are interdisciplinary and include space, bodies, radical ontologies, post-humanist studies, critical autopoiesis, literature, psychoanalysis, continental philosophy, gender studies, art theory, and their connection to the law. Andreas is also a practicing artist, working on photography, text and performance under the name of picpoet.

His recent art publication is called a fjord eating its way into my arm, published by AND publishers, London. Andreas is the editor (with Christian Borch) of the Routledge Glasshouse series Space, Materiality and the Normative. He is currently preparing the Environmental Research Method Handbook (with Victoria Brooks, Elgar, 2016) and the Routledge Research Handbook on Law and Theory (2016), as well as completing a monograph on Material Justice (2017).

Amanda Kennedy


Amanda Kennedy

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IUCN Academy of Environmental Law 2016 Scholarship Awards
Wednesday, 12 October 2016

The IUCN Academy of Environmental Law Scholarship Awards for Senior and Emerging scholars recognize publications including academic books (edited or authored), journal articles and book chapters, as well as commissioned policy reports and studies of research value in any language. Consideration may also be given to other scholarly activities, such as organizing academic conferences and workshops, building collaborative research networks, and other innovations that advance research in environmental law.

The 2016 Scholarship Award winners are announced below.

Senior Scholarship Award: Lakshman Guruswamy

Lakshman was born in Sri Lanka, and is currently the Nicholas Doman Professor of International Environmental Law at the University of Colorado at Boulder (CU) Law School. He is a nationally and internationally recognized expert in International Environmental and Global Energy Law with a very long career promoting energy justice and access to clean energy. Lakshman is an active researcher in the field of energy, poverty and socio-environmental justice and built the CU Center for Energy and Environmental Security. Prior to joining CU, he taught in Sri Lanka, the UK, and the Universities of Iowa and Arizona.

 


Senior Scholarship Award: Lakshman Guruswamy

 

At CU he teaches International Environmental Law, Global Energy Justice, Oil and International Relations, and International Law. He is the director of international energy programs at the Getches-Wilkinson Center, and his research uses interdisciplinary frameworks to explore how and why energy justice calls for the fashioning of practical energy solutions, for the energy poor in the developing world. Lakshman is widely published, and is a frequent speaker at scholarly meetings in the US and around the world. He is the author of Global Energy Justice: Law and Policy (West, 2016), International Energy and Poverty: The Emerging Frontiers (Routledge, 2015), International Environmental Law in a Nutshell (4d ed. 2012), and the co-author of International Environmental Law and World Order (2nd. 1999), Biological Diversity: Converging Strategies (1998), Arms Control and the Environment (2001). The 5th edition of International Environmental Law in a Nutshell, is due in 2017.

Emerging Scholarship Award: Usha Natarajan

Usha is an Assistant Professor of Law and Associate Director of the Center for Migration and Refugee Studies at the American University in Cairo, Egypt. Dr Natarajan’s research challenges dominant understandings of the relationship between law and the environment through postcolonial and... Read More...

Registration for the Colloquium
Wednesday, 26 October 2016

If you are in South Africa on 30 October 2016 - you are welcome to attend the following Colloquium:

The Faculty of Law, North-West University together with the Konrad-Adenauer Foundation are proud to announce a colloquium on THE LEGAL IMPLICATIONS OF THE STATE AS CUSTODIAN.

Registration (required) for the Colloquium is at: https://goo.gl/forms/4nhZ2Oyp4YmglfZm1. The colloquium is to be held in Rosebank at the Crowne Plaza Johannesburg.