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We are thrilled to announce the dates for the 21st Annual Colloquium of the IUCN Academy of Environmental Law, scheduled for July 4-7, 2024! This year, our esteemed hosts at the Centre for Environment, Sustainability, and Climate Justice, located at Gujarat National Law University, have selected a captivating and pertinent theme: "Mission LiFE." This theme delves into the core principles of environmental sustainability and justice, as well as the pivotal role of communities in advancing these ideals.

We eagerly anticipate the opportunity to convene in Gandhinagar and engage in meaningful discussions surrounding these critical topics. We extend a warm invitation to all members of our community to join us for what promises to be an enriching and enlightening event. Learn more

The Centre for Envi ronment, Sustainability and Climate Justice at the Gujarat National Law University, Gandhinagar, Gujarat, India, is proud to host the 21st Annual Colloquium of the IUCN Academy of Environmental Law from July 04 to July 07 , 2024 at Gujarat National Law Unive rsity, Gandhinagar, Gujarat, India. We are inviting abstract submissions for paper presentations at the Colloquium by March 31, 2024. The theme for the 21st Annual Colloquium is “Mission LiFE: Ensuring Environmental Sustainability & Climate Justice through Community Action”. The theme incorporates the India led global mass movement: Mission Lifestyle for Environment (Mission LiFE) emphasizing individual and community action to protect and preserve the environment. Mission LiFE recognises that Indian culture and living traditions are inherently sustainable and it seeks to explore the ways in which collective community action can help in realizing environmental sustainability and climate justice. The Colloquium's focus on community action and the integration o f traditional wisdom with modern environmental challenges makes it a significant and inspiring platform for driving positive change. The 2024 Colloquium's theme aligns with the urgent need to address environmental issues through collective action. The pres entations during the Colloquium will be organised in sub - themes that elaborate the overarching theme

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We are thrilled to announce the dates for the 21st Annual Colloquium of the IUCN Academy of Environmental Law, scheduled for July 4 - 7, 2024! This year, our esteemed hosts at the Centre for Environment, Sustainability, and Climate Ju stice, located at Gujarat National Law University, have selected a captivating and pertinent theme: "Mission LiFE." This theme delves into the core principles of environmental sustainability and justice, as well as the pivotal role of communities in advanc ing these ideals. We eagerly anticipate the opportunity to convene in Gandhinagar and engage in meaningful discussions surrounding these critical topics. We extend a warm invitation to all members of our community to join us for what promises to be an enriching and enlighte ning event

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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.

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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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