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10th Annual Colloquium Of The

IUCN Academy Of Environmental Law

“GLOBAL Environmental

Law At A Crossroads”

July 1-5, 2012

The year 2012 will mark the 40th anniversary of the Stockholm Conference on the Human Environment and the 20th anniversary of the Rio Earth Summit. But when world leaders gather for the UN's "Rio+20" conference next June, they will face an even more challenging climate than during their previous gatherings. Despite rising public concern for the environment, efforts to advance environmental governance are facing strong headwinds in the wake of the global financial crisis and the failure to reach consensus on a post-Kyoto response to climate change.

The IUCN Academy of Environmental Law has selected the theme "Global Environmental Law at a Crossroads" for its 10th Annual Colloquium, which will be held at the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law from July 1-5, 2012. The Colloquium will bring together experts from all parts of the world to consider the future of environmental law and governance from a global perspective in the aftermath of the "Rio+20" Conference. In light of the breadth of the conference theme, the Colloquium organizers welcome abstracts for papers and/or presentations on a broad array of topics. These include: approaches for improving global environmental law and governance, how to overcome political resistance to sustainable development policies, new strategies for promoting environmental justice and using law to advance sustainability, where are we after Rio+20 and where we should be going from here. Papers may focus on strategies for addressing specific environmental problems, new developments in national and regional environmental law, and the interaction of international and domestic law and policy.

Potential authors and presenters are asked to submit one-page abstracts describing the topic they propose to address and summarizing their likely conclusions. Abstracts may be submitted via email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. For more information concerning the Colloquium, please visit the University of Maryland website. The deadline for submitting abstracts is February 15, 2012.