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The Academy is pleased to announce the release of a multi-country evaluation on the implementation of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD). Paul Martin, co-chair of the Academy’s Research Committee, led a team of researchers (including members of the Academy) in collaboration with the IUCN World Commission on Environmental Law (WCEL) and the IUCN Environmental Law Centre (ELC) in Bonn, to complete this important study. The report is a comprehensive and objective evaluation of the CBD that is based upon a common disciplined method. The report makes a significant contribution to outlining the next stages of CBD implementation and is an excellent example of how collaboration across the IUCN network can improve international environmental governance and species protection.

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By: Rose-Liza Eisma-Osorio

Training of Environmental LawThe IUCN Academy of Environmental Law, in partnership with the Philippines Legal Education Board, Asian Development Bank and the United Nations Environment Programme’s Asia and the Pacific Office, successfully delivered the Environmental Law Teachers Online Training Program from September to December 2021. The fully online training programme was held over a period of 12 weeks consisting of sessions focusing on enhancing the pedagogy in teaching environmental law in the Philippines as part of the legal education reform initiatives in the country. The training course covered a range of topics focusing on teaching skills development. These include the benefits and challenges of teaching environmental law online, syllabus development, best practices in teaching environmental law, and setting up of environmental law clinics . Several sessions were also devoted to cover substantive topics such as the role of courts in environmental protection, climate change law, and environmental law in Asia. The training course closed with a session on success stories of environmental cases filed and won by distinguished advocates.  A total of 81 law professors from 61 law schools completed the training course. With this successful partnership, future training activities are currently planned to further environmental legal education in the country.

Posted by Robert Percival

Earlier this month more than 300 professors and graduate students throughout the world participated in the first virtual colloquium of the IUCN (International Union for the Conservation of Nature) Academy of Environmental Law.  The Academy is a consortium of educators from 214 academic institutions in 60 countries dedicated to improving the teaching, development and implementation of environmental law…

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Pace University’s Elisabeth Haub School of Law Dean Emeritus Richard Ottinger has been recognized by the American Bar Association for his leadership in environmental policy. The ABA’s Section of Environment, Energy and Resources presented Ottinger with its 2017 Award for Distinguished Achievement in Environmental Law and Policy at its annual meeting on August 13.

Ottinger, who served as dean of Pace’s Law School from 1994 through 1999, was praised as a trailblazer whose work on behalf of the environment has spanned more than 50 years, and encompassed key milestones in the protection of the Hudson River and the Long Island Sound, as well as energy regulation. Dean Ottinger has been a supporter and contributor to the Academy for many years and, for those of you who attended the closing plenary at this year’s Colloquium, David Hodas featured one of his many career accomplishments in his presentation:  The Remarkable Dick Ottinger Sustainable Energy Story. A well-deserved award for a remarkable Academy scholar.

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 Philippines is known as one of 17 countries with the highest biodiversity, with an estimated 81 percent of the globally important land-based biodiversity areas in forest habitats. With its rich biodiversity, the Philippines faces a bigger challenge of protecting its natural resources on a daily basis. Despite this, there are emerging stories of legal reforms to protect biodiversity such as the landmark Oposa ruling. The Supreme Court has further set up environmental courts and issued the rules of procedure for environmental cases. Important environmental actions as well as judicial reforms are now in place.

The third in-country Training the Teachers (TTT) program for 2016 delivered in Cebu City, the Philippines, from 22-26 August 2016

2017 Train-the-Trainers Program

The IUCN Academy has entered into a Technical Assistance Implementation Agreement with the Asian Development Bank to conduct three 2017 in-country Train-the-Trainers (TTT) courses together with a Roundtable for the regional environmental law scholars in Asia who participated in one of the previous TTT courses conducted by the ADB and the Academy. The three training courses will be held in Chiang Mai, Thailand (June 19-23); Phnom Penh, Cambodia (August 21-25) and Yangon, Myanmar (October 23-28) respectively. The Roundtable will be held at the 2017 Colloquium in Cebu, Philippines (May 29-30).

The IUCN Academy would like to thank the Asian Development Bank for its continuing support of the Academy and the Train-the-Training Program and its support and participation in the 2017 Cebu Colloquium. In addition, the Academy is deeply grateful to Rob Fowler and Winnie Carruth for their hard work in securing funding and their commitment to creating and managing numerous outstanding TTT courses. Without their work and leadership, the vital outreach and capacity building opportunity the TTT provides would not be possible.