The Academy Colloquia are annual international gatherings of specialists in environmental law to facilitate collaboration and communication among experts across all regions of the world. These meetings provide extensive opportunities for networking, for scholars and policy makers. Collaboration across research specialties and across the world have been important outcomes of these colloquia.

Since 2003, the IUCN Academy has held eleven annual Colloquia to bring together legal scholars and policy makers to address the most urgent issues related to environmental law, policy and governance. These major events, convened in locations around the globe, have generated important dialogue about issues and priorities related to sustainable development, biodiversity, compliance and enforcement, energy and environmental protection and poverty alleviation.

  • Fourteenth Colloquium, PluriCourts, Center of Excellence for the Study of the Legitimacy of International Courts and Tribunals at the University of Oslo, Oslo, Norway, The Environment in Court: Environmental protection in national and international courts, tribunals, and compliance mechanisms, June 20 – June 25, 2016
  • Thirteenth Colloquium, Atmajaya Indonesia Catholic University, Jakarta, Indonesia, Forest and Marine Biodiversity, September 7- September 12, 2015
  • Twelfth Colloquium, Universitat Rovira i Virgili, Tarragona, Spain, Energy for a Fair Society on a Safe planet, June 30-July 5, 2014
  • Eleventh Colloquium, University of Waikato, Hamilton, New Zealand, He Tapuwae: key emerging themes of international, comparative and domestic environmental law and our journey in responding to them, June 2013
  • Tenth Colloquium, University of Maryland Francis King Carey school of Law, Baltimore, Maryland, USA, Global Environmental Law at a Crossroads, July 2012.
  • Ninth Colloquium, North-West University, University of Cape Town, University of the Witwatersrand and the University of KwaZulu-Natal, Water and the Law: Towards Sustainability, July 2011
  • Eighth Colloquium, Ghent University, Ghent, Belgium, Linkages Between Biodiversity and Climate Change, September 2010
  • Seventh Colloquium, Wuhan University, Wuhan, China, Environmental Governance and Sustainability, November 2009
  • Sixth Colloquium, Universidad Autonoma Metropolitana, Mexico City, Mexico, Poverty Alleviation and Environmental Protection, November 2008
  • Fifth Colloquium, Rio de Janeiro and Parati, Brazil, Rio+15: A Legal Critique of Ecologically Sustainable Development, June 2007
  • Fourth Colloquium, Pace University, White Plains, NY, USA, Compliance and Enforcement of Multilateral Environmental Agreements, October 2006
  • Third Colloquium, Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia, Biodiversity: Bridging the Divide, July 2005
  • Second Colloquium, University of Nairobi, Nairobi, Kenya, Human Habitats and Land Stewardship, October 2004
  • First Colloquium, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, Shanghai, China, The Law of Energy for Sustainable Development, November 2003