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IUCN Academy of Environmental Law

Faculty of Law
University of Ottawa
57 Louis-Pasteur
Ottawa, ON K1N 6N5

Tel 1 613 562-5800 x3260
Fax 1 613 562-5184

General Information:

New Institutional Members

The Academy has the pleasure of announcing and welcoming the University of Sherbrooke (Canada), Universidad Iberoamericana (Mexico), Institute of Law, Udmurt State University (Russia), Sikkim University (India) and Metropolitan University Law School(Bangladesh) as our new members. You can find a list of all member institutions and details about each institution under "Our Members".



2014 Annual Colloquium at Rovira i Virgili University, Tarragona, Spain

The 12th Annual Colloquium of the IUCN Academy of Environmental Law will be hosted by Rovira i Virgili University in Tarragona, Spain, from 30 June to 5 July 2014. Online submission of abstracts, registration for the Colloquium and booking of hotel accommodation are now open :
The Tarragona Colloquium Organizers will update this website whenever more information becomes available.



IUCNAEL e-Journal Call for Papers

The editors would again like to invite all members to submit contributions for inclusion in the third issue of the IUCNAEL e-Journal, which will be published in February 2012. As you are all hopefully now aware, we accept three main different forms of contributions: substantive articles on a specific theme; country reports on contemporary legal and policy developments; and book reviews. The full details regarding the length and nature of these contributions are available on the e-Journal's website ( So too are the previous two issues of the e-Journal which should give you a good idea of the nature and form of the different contributions. In summary:

  • Substantive articles on a specific theme. The chosen theme for this issue is Innovations in Social Justice and Environmental Governance. During the past few decades, much attention has been paid to 'efficient' environmental protection, but at what social cost? Market instruments frequently empower the rich. Regulated access is often easier for those who are confident, informed and mobile. Even seemingly benign approaches, such as 'green investment', can have dire social consequences for certain sectors of the society. Innovations in environmental law may show the way towards improved environmental governance that simultaneously significantly improves the lot of the least advantaged in society. The editors are particularly interested in articles that demonstrate how environmental law can fulfill its traditional role in pioneering both environmental protection and social justice.
  • Country reports. These reports should canvas recent interesting legal and policy developments in members' jurisdictions – preferably developments that have taken place in the past 6-12 months.
  • Book Reviews. These book reviews should critical consider texts in the field of environmental law that have been published in the past 6-12 months. Papers and reports should be submitted to by 1st December 2011.

We look forward to receiving your contributions and should you have any queries please do not hesitate to contact us.

Alexander Paterson
Associate Professor
Institute of Marine and Environmental Law
Faculty of Law
University of Cape Town
Tel: (021) 650 5644
Fax: (021) 650 5673

Elizabeth A. Kirk
Senior Lecturer
School of Law
University of Dundee
Tel: 01382 384638
Fax: 01382 386737



Scholars Directory

The Directory of Scholars is now available. This searchable database can be accessed under this website's left-hand drop-down menu item "Resources". The database was created under the leadership of the IUCN Academy’s Research Committee.

It is based on a survey of research interests conducted earlier this year amongst scholars within Academy member institutions and includes more than 150 scholars from around the world. The survey was conducted in early 2009.

You can also access the IUCN Academy's Global Survey of Scholarly Research Areas, which reports on the results of the survey amongst Academy member insitutions. This report details the areas of research interest, by theme and by region, as well as identifying future areas of research interest for respondents. The report also provides a guide for the use of the Directory of Scholars.

If you would like to include your own profile and key research interests and have not yet had a chance to complete our survey, you can do so by accessing our on-line survey at Once we receive your survey, we will post your profile and key research interests in the Directory. If you would like further information, please contact us at the Academy Secretariat at



Academy Newsletter

The most recent newsletter “Legal Earth” (July 2009) is available in English, Spanish and Chinese.