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  • WCEL and UNFF MoU Signing Justice Antonio Herman Benjamin (WCEL Chair) with Manoel Sobral Filho (Director, United Nations Forum on Forests Secretariat) and his team at UN Headquarters Photo: WCEL

    Drafting a Model Forest Act: WCEL Signs MoU with the Secretariat of the United Nations Forum on Forests

    18.06.2018

    The WCEL Chair, Justice Antonio Herman Benjamin, visited United Nations Headquarters to sign an MoU between WCEL and the Secretariat of the United Nations Forum on Forests (UNFF).

  • ilc_70_anniv_logo Photo: WCEL

    ICEL and WCEL Dinner Celebrating the 70th Anniversary of the UN International Law Commission

    17.06.2018

    The annual dinner, now hosted by the International Council of Environmental Law and WCEL, was held on 25 May in New York City to celebrate the 70th Anniversary of the International Law Commission of the United Nations and its contributions to the field of...

  • Breathing roots of Avicennia Photo: Sanjeewa Lellwala

    WCEL Ethics Specialist Group: Update June 2018

    17.06.2018

    The Ethics Specialist Group has published the first report in a series to highlight the ongoing efforts of WCEL Specialist Groups.

  • WCEL Country and Region Reports Photo: Maria Tigre

    Announcing "WCEL Country and Region Reports"

    15.06.2018

    The Commission is excited to introduce a new section of its website to provide information and legal analysis from WCEL Members at country and regional level.

  • WWF-8 Joint Session L-R: Minister Gustavo do Vale Rocha (Interim Minister of Human Rights of Brazil); Minister Raquel Dodge (Attorney General of Brazil); Senator Jorge Viana (Chair of the Brazilian Joint Senate and House of Representatives Permanent Committee on Climate Change and Coordinator for the 8th World Water Forum Parliamentarian Subprocess); and Minister Marina Silva (Former Senator and Minister of the Environment of Brazil) Photo: Nicholas Bryner

    8th World Water Forum: Joint Session of Legislators, Judges, and Prosecutors

    13.06.2018

    As part of the 8th World Water Forum, a Joint Session of Legislators, Judges, and Prosecutors  convened on 20 March to exchange ideas for “Designing Better Environmental and Water Laws.”

  • Advisory Opinion OC-23/17 The Panel L-R: Prof. Stephanie Farrier (Director, Center for Applied Human Rights, Vermont Law School); Prof. Nicholas A. Robinson (Elisabeth Haub School of Law at Pace University and ICEL Executive Governor); Francisco González (Permanent MIssion of Colombia); Prof. Jean-Marc Thouvenin (Secretary General, Hague Academy of International Law); and Andres Villegas ( Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Colombia) Photo: Lucía Solano Ramírez

    The Environment and Human Rights: A New Perspective from the Inter-American Court of Human Rights

    08.06.2018

    A side event in observance of World Environment Day was hosted by the Permanent Mission of Colombia to the United Nations on 4 June 2018 as a panel discussion on the historic Advisory Opinion of the Inter-American Court of Human Rights on "human rights and...

  • EH Award to Stephen McCaffrey Stephen McCaffrey delivering his remarks upon receiving the Elisabeth Haub Award for Environmental Law and Diplomacy Photo: Pace University

    Stephen McCaffrey Receives the Elisabeth Haub Award for Environmental Law and Diplomacy

    02.06.2018

    The 2018 Elisabeth Haub Award for Environmental Law and Diplomacy was conferred to Professor Stephen McCaffrey on 24 May during a ceremony in New York City presided over by Pace University President Marvin Krislov.

  • Asia Pacific Judicial Colloquium Participants of the Asia Pacific Judicial Colloquium on Climate Change in Lahore, Pakistan  Photo: WCEL

    Lahore Hosts Asia Pacific Judicial Colloquium: Applying Environmental Constitutionalism for Climate Justice

    24.05.2018

    Senior Judges in the Asia Pacific region convened with eminent legal and policy experts from around the world on 26-27 February 2018 in Lahore, Pakistan to increase dialogue and build the capacity of judges to use constitutions to advance environmental rights...

  • ICEF Rome Brasilia Declaration Stefano Burchi speaking to the importance of the Brasília Declaration of Judges on Water Justice during the International Conference on Environmental Governance and Sustainable Cities at Rome City Hall on 20-21 April 2018. Photo: WCEL

    Brasília Declaration of Judges on Water Justice Presented in Rome

    23.05.2018

    WCEL Member Stefano Burchi spoke to the importance of the Brasília Declaration of Judges on Water Justice during the International Conference on Environmental Governance and Sustainable Cities at Rome City Hall on 20-21 April 2018.

  • male_papilio_memnon Photo: Surajit Jamornman

    WCEL 2017 Annual Highlights and 2018 Progress

    21.05.2018

    WCEL presents its report highlighting activities during 2017 and early 2018.

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