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24 – 28 June 2013

Updated 28th February, 2013

He Tapuwae: footprints left on the land, symbolizes the human journey into new territory as we explore and develop our world. This Colloquium will therefore focus on key emerging themes of international, comparative and domestic environmental law and our journey in responding to them. The experience of low lying coast and island communities, for example, reflects the fact that at the heart of environmental pressures and conflicts lie frequently fractious relationships and interactions between power and vulnerability. All around the world, there are deep tensions, frequently, between vastly different understandings of how to live as human beings in the complex ecologies in which we find ourselves and with which we are co-formed.

Local and traditional communities across the world share multiple forms of environmental vulnerability. Indigenous peoples in the critically endangered forests; communities suffering from the effects of irresponsible mining or hazardous wastes; subsistence farmers whose resources are degraded or appropriated without fair recompense. A wide range of human communities suffer from forms of deep environmental injustice in the name of 'business as usual'. Meanwhile, innumerable predations affect animal populations and the fragile ecosystems upon which all life on earth depends.

Those who depend most intimately and directly upon the living world for their physical and cultural existence tend to suffer most from environmental destruction and degradation. While all of human life depends upon the living world, communities vulnerable to the socio-cultural effects of environmental degradation suffer particular and well-documented forms of environmental injustice, exclusion and marginalisation. This IUCN Academy Colloquium invites participants to address this challenge and the various ways in which law could more effectively 'speak truth to power'.

Our hope, as organisers, is that members of the Academy will contribute to a critique of environmental injustice and offer 'sacred footsteps' into new frontiers of environmental justice. We hope for fresh jurisprudential, doctrinal, institutional and tactical insights, and practical mechanisms for the delivery of resilience to vulnerable communities, animals and ecosystems.

Paper abstracts focused on the Colloquium theme that address any one of the following topics are invited for submission by Friday 1 March 2013:
  • Re-imagining Law
  • Visions of Protection
  • Indigenous Wisdoms
  • The Environmental and the Political
  • Rights-based Approaches
  • Risk and Resilience
  • Environmental justice, sustainable management and sustainable ethics
  • Property rights and sustainability
  • Freshwater resources
  • Oceans and marine resources, marine environmental security and creeping jurisdiction
  • Air, ozone, climate and outer space
  • Climate change and displacement
  • Flora, fauna and biodiversity
  • Wastes and hazardous substances
  • Procedural environmental obligations
  • Energy and resource allocation: geothermal, hydro, wave and wind
  • Natural hazards: coastal erosion, floods, fires, earthquakes and tsunamis

Registration, accommodation booking and airport transfers


The registration covers:

  • Entrance to all plenary and workshop sessions and special events.
  • A conference bag, printed abstracts and programme documentation (guest and significant other/spouse registrants do not get these items).
  • Daily coffee, lunch, and some dinners as noted on the schedule of events and registration page.
Only bona fide full-time students may register at the student rate. Proof of student status is required.
Guests, significant others and spouses must please register in their own right for special events.
All registration fees are quoted in New Zealand dollars inclusive of GST.
OECD Member Countries
Registration Fees

Early Bird
After 24 April
IUCN Academy members*
Non-IUCN Academy members
Student fee
Guest or significant other/spouse (special events only)
Daily rate - including special event on the same day e.g. Welcome function
Daily rate- excluding special events

Non-OECD Member, Enhanced Engagement and Accession Countries

IUCN Academy members*
Non-IUCN Academy members
Student fee
Guest or significant other/spouse (special events only)
Daily rate - including special event on the same day

* IUCN CEL members and IUCN Environmental Law Centre members and staff, and members and staff of organisations supporting the Colloquium, will also be entitled to register at the IUCN Academy member rate.


Payment by major credit card (Visa, Master Card, American Express) is highly preferred. Orbit also accepts wire transfers or ACH payments. The registration page will guide you through our payment options.
If a delegate fails to attend without giving written notice to the Secretariat as described in our refund policy below, the delegate/organization will still be liable for payment of the full conference costs, should it still be outstanding.

Refund policy
Registration fees will be refunded upon written notice received by the Secretariat on or before 1 June 2013, less a $70 administration fee.
After 1 June 2013, no fees will be refunded, but can be transferred to another person from the same organization.

Special events
Welcome function 25 June
Distinguished scholar reception and wine tasting 26 June
Colloquium dinner 27 June

Optional events
Victoria Street walking dinner 24 June
Antarctica global warming BBQ and film night 28 June – $135 per person
Field trip and airport bus 29 June – $43.20 per person


We have arranged for fantastic rates at two Hamilton CBD hotels.

  • Hotel A: Novotel – $175 room only, $193 single occupancy with breakfast, $211 double occupancy with breakfast; or

  • Hotel B: Ibis – $123 room only, $141 single occupancy with breakfast, $159 double occupancy with breakfast.

All hotel prices are quoted in New Zealand dollars inclusive of GST.

Other hotel, motel, and back-packers options will be available on enquiry.

For all hotel bookings, and enquiries please contact Jacqui Neilson at Orbit Corporate Travel by email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Airport transfers

For all airport transfers from Auckland to Hamilton, bookings, and enquiries please contact Jacqui Neilson at Orbit Corporate Travel by email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Orbit can arrange fantastic rates for shuttles and taxis from $85 to $300 exclusive of GST.

For airport transfers from Hamilton to Auckland on Saturday 29 June via the Turangawaewae Marae fieldtrip, bus transport is available at the cost of $36.20 exclusive of GST and can be booked online when registering for the Colloquium.

Alternatively, shuttles and taxis can be booked individually via Jacqui Neilson at Orbit Corporate Travel (see contact details above).

Draft Program for Waikato Colloquium

The Draft Program is now available. For further details, please visit the website of the University of Waikato. Once we have further information on the Colloquium, we will update our website accordingly.

Post-Colloquium Events in Australia – July 1-5, 2013

Colleagues coming to Waikato for the 2013 IUCN Academy of Environmental Law Colloquium may enjoy the opportunity to strengthen links with fellow environmental lawyers in Australia while exploring a selection of urban, coastal and rural landscapes. An exciting post-Colloquium programme, designed to stimulate collaboration and to give colleagues 'a taste of Australia' has been designed.
Many Colloquium attendees will be passing through Sydney on their return from New Zealand. From 1 July delegates can participate in a five day programme, visiting unique urban, coastal and rural settings, where they can explore environmental law and policy issues with Australian colleagues.

  • Peri-urban issues: Field trip to the UWS Hawkesbury River Farm Sustainability Education Centre on the Hawkesbury River where the Hawkesbury River Waterkeeper will be based;
  • Urban and other issues: A Reception and Panel Discussion in Sydney City on Australia's Environmental Challenges with colleagues from the University of Technology, Sydney;
  • Coastal land use issues: Bus tour of selected coastal and wine country, exploring emerging challenges;
  • Mountain and rainforest environments: Bus transit through the Great Dividing Range, through diverse rainforest and waterfall areas; and
  • High plateau rural environment: participation in a two-day symposium on land-use change law and policy, hosted by University of New England, Armidale.

The symposium will provide interested researchers the opportunity to present their scholarly ideas in an academic setting, and research presented may be submitted for consideration in a special themed edition of the International Journal of Rural Law and Policy.

By agreement it may be possible to organise further field studies or collaborative opportunities between Australian and visiting scholars.

Costs will be in the vicinity of $1,450 AUD for the full five day programme, inclusive of most accommodation, transport and meal expenses. This is far below the costs of a self-organised program.

Colleagues who are only able to make part of the programme (e.g. the first day in Sydney, or the two-day symposium in Armidale) can be accommodated by arrangement. Please let us know if you are in this situation.

PLEASE INDICATE YOUR INTEREST AS SOON AS POSSIBLE. This well help us to finalise arrangements. Please email to indicate your potential interest in participating:This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. as soon as possible

A full programme, final costing and registration forms will be provided before the end of March.

We look forward to a leisurely and enjoyable opportunity to build on the collegial links which will be created and strengthened by your attendance at Waikato.