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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.